Lainey Richardson is an award-winning British director, screenwriter and film curator of mixed Ghanaian and Jamaican heritage based in London. She signed to Curtis Brown (Film & TV) in 2022, and Caviar (Commercials) in 2020 where she's directed work for clients such as adidas, Facebook, Dove, Adobe and more, leading to high-profile awards including a Silver Arrow at The British Arrows 2022 for 'Best New Branded Entertainment', 'Best Up & Coming Director' at Creative Circle 2021, a Gold at Ciclope Festival, and nominations for Best New Director at Shots 2021 and at Cannes YDA 2021.
Prior to this, Lainey graduated from the University of the Arts London, after which she directed 5 short docs and dramas which collectively screened at over 15 film festivals worldwide, including the BAFTA-qualifying London Short Film Festival and Encounters Festival.
"To me, culture is everything. From spotlighting Black cultures and identities to exploring subcultures and amplifying othered voices, I approach my work with a unique sensibility, sensitivity, and gaze, with the aim of bringing mainstream appeal to lesser-known narratives, told through a contemporary lens."
Lainey's half-hour comedy TV series, 'Children of The Diaspora' (working title), has been picked up for development (2023), as has her recent short 'The New Life project'.
Outside of her writing and directing Lainey curates films for the BFI London Film Festival (2023), and FEELS, a quarterly short film showcase, and previously for Underwire Festival and East End Festival.
Editing reel here.