"Johnny Hardstaff is a director, designer and modern storyteller.
With Golds at Cannes, D&AD, Campaign BIG, The British Arrows, APA, One Show, AICP and many others, Johnny is committed to the pursuit of contemporary storytelling whether it be through commercial advertising, shorts or long-format filmmaking.
A graduate of graphic design from Saint Martins School of Art, Johnny started directing in 2000 making it onto the Cannes New Director Showcase a year later.
His graphic influence is prevalent in commercial work for Honda, Hovis, Smirnoff, Sony, XBOX and the unique Philips 'Parallel Lines' project. In 2012 Johnny designed and directed several strands of a hugely successful integrated campaign to promote Ridley Scott's feature film Prometheus, including 'DAVID' starring Michael Fassbender and 'Transmission' featuring Idris Elba.
Of late Johnny Hardstaff has been crafting both television commercials and online branded entertainment (see his recent 'SeaWolf film) with particular emphasis on new short film models. Regardless of format, central to all of Hardstaff's output is his focus on production design. A keen draughtsman, Johnny likes to carefully design the imagined worlds that he directs.
Hardstaff's work has been exhibited at creative institutions around the world including MOMA, Tate Modern, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Laforet Museum in Tokyo, the V&A and many others.
Based in the UK, Johnny Hardstaff lives and works in London and Brighton." GF
2016 - September - NEW WORK - New television advertising ('Wake') is released for Acura / Mullen Los Angeles via Reset.
2016 - August - SHOOT - Johnny Hardstaff shoots Acura for Mullen Los Angeles.
2016 - July - NEW WORK - New online short film format advertising ('SeaWolf') is released for CD Projekt Red / Battery LA via Reset.
2016 - July - NEW WORK - New television advertising ('Under City Drive') is released for Mazda via RSA Films.
2016 - June - WORK BEGINS - Work begins on a new body of short films.
2016 - May - FEATURE FILM - The Johnny Hardstaff helmed AMERICAN VIOLENCE feature film is announced. www.variety.com
2016 - May - SHOOT - Johnny Hardstaff shoots 'SEAWOLF' for Battery in Los Angeles.
2016 - May - AGENCY ROLE - Johnny Hardstaff works as Co-Creative Director on Honda for RPA Los Angeles.
2016 - April - SHOOT - Johnny Hardstaff shoots Honda for RPA in Los Angeles.
2016 - April - AWARDS - Honda 'Feeling' wins two Golds at the Creative Circle Awards (Best Colourist for Jean-Clement Soret and Best Sound Design for Sam Ashwell at 750mph).
2016 - April - SHOOT - Johnny Hardstaff shoots Mazda for JWT London in Slovenia / Croatia / Bosnia.
2016 - March - AWARDS - Honda 'Feeling' receives two Creative Circle nominations for Best Colourist (Jean-Clement Soret at MPC) and Best Sound Design (Sam Ashwell at 750mph), and wins Best Original Composition at MASA.
2016 - March - REPRESENTATION - Johnny Hardstaff returns to Ridley Scott Associates for UK commercials representation.
2016 - March - SHOTS - Johnny Hardstaff explores inspiration in Issue 162 of Shots Magazine.
2015 - November - REPRESENTATION - Johnny Hardstaff moves to Stink for UK commercials / digital representation.
2015 - October - NEW WORK - New television advertising ('Stuck Inside') is released for Hovis / Mother London.
2015 - September - AWARDS - Honda 'Feeling' wins Silver for Film Technique at the Clio Awards.
2015 - August - SHOOT - Johnny Hardstaff shoots Hovis in the UK.
2015 - August - AWARDS - Kenco 'Coffee vs Gangs' is featured in the APA 50.
2015 - July - AWARDS - Johnny Hardstaff will join the jury for the 2015 Shots Awards.
2015 - June - NEW WORK - New television advertising 'The Storm' is released for New Balance / Arnold Worldwide.
2015 - May - NEW WORK - New television advertising is released for Honda / Wieden + Kennedy London.
2015 - April - REPRESENTATION - Johnny Hardstaff moves to Academy Films for UK commercial advertising representation. www.academyfilms.com
2015 - March - SHOOT - Johnny Hardstaff shoots New Balance in Miami (2).
2015 - March - SHOOT - Johnny Hardstaff shoots New Balance in Morocco.
2015 - March - SHOOT - Johnny Hardstaff shoots New Balance in London.
2015 - February - BRITISH ARROWS - Johnny Hardstaff's Kenco commercial 'Coffee vs Gangs' is nominated for Best 30 - 60 Second Commercial and Best Food Commercial at the British Arrows.
2015 - February - SHOOT - Johnny Hardstaff shoots New Balance in Miami.