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MICHAEL DAVIES is a BAFTA and RTS award-winning writer and director.

Following a BA in Drama from Manchester University and an MA in Film and Television from Bristol University, Michael began his career at the BBC, making documentaries, before moving into drama-documentaries, dramatised adventure and factualised entertainment programmes.

Michael was selected for the BFI London Film Festival's Think Shoot Distribute course for emerging feature film directors, and won a place on the Directing Actors course at the NFTS, and now directs and writes drama for film, TV and theatre.

He worked on the hit BBC children’s drama Tracy Beaker Returns, directing on all three series, winning a BAFTA and two RTS awards.

Michael first short film What’s ‘Virgin’ Mean?  screened at over sixty international festivals, winning eight awards and attracting more than ten million hits on YouTube. Unusually for short film, it also made a profit.

His second short, Love At First Sight, starring Phyllida Law and John Hurt, was supported by the Wellcome Trust and a Secret Millionaire. It won fourteen awards, including an RTS, Rushes and Raindance, and was shortlisted for an Oscar.

DRAMA - FILM & TELEVISION

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Love At First Sight Short Film

Romantic comedy starring John Hurt
and Phyllida Law.

What's Virgin Mean? Short Film

Comedy starring Kate Isitt.

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Tracy Beaker Returns Series 1

Reboot of the popular children's
series TRACY BEAKER.

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Tracy Beaker Returns Series 2

A recommission. Hurrah.

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Tracy Beaker Returns Series 3

Dani Harmer plays Tracy Beaker one last time.

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The National Trust

Site specific stories with unusually high production values.

DRAMA - THEATRE

PSYCHOPOMP
Writer
Rehearsed Reading, The Club Theatre RADA, 2015.

Adapted for public performance, and directed by theatre director Andrew Whyment, the reading confirmed the feature script is both funny and romantic.

WE BE SLUMBERING
Director
Vanbrugh Theatre RADA, 2016.

Written by up-and-coming actor Callum McGowen. A moving blood-soaked tragedy, set in 1930's America, its sixteen characters were played by nine actors.

SABINA'S PASSION
Director
Rehearsed Reading, The Club Theatre RADA, 2017.

Written by Israel's pre-eminent playwright Joshua Sobol (Ghetto etc.). A complex, funny, and ultimately tragic drama about the relationship between Freud, Jung, and Sabina Spielrein.

A PLATE OF ELVERS
Director
Rehearsed Reading, The Club Theatre RADA, 2017.

The latest work from award-winning playwright Clare Bayley is a dreamlike, elliptical drama about sexual liberation, as recalled by a spirited woman who's succumbing to dementia.

THE DEATH OF THE HEART
Director
Rehearsed Reading, The Club Theatre RADA, 2017.

A new adaptation by Matthew Dowling of a novel by Elizabeth Bowen, set in London shortly before the Second World War, about a young woman's loss of innocence.

VERY NEARLY TOTALLY F*CKED
Director
RADA Festival, Gielgud Theatre RADA, 2017.

Written by and starring Emma Denly. An absurdist comedy about a self-obsessed millenial who gets locked out of her flat, and is forced to confront her demons.

SCAPEGOAT
Director
Rehearsed Reading, The Club Theatre RADA, 2018.

A complex re-interpretation of Prometheus Bound, set in a crisis-stricken Balkan country.

FEATURE FILMS - IN DEVELOPMENT

PSYCHOPOMP
Writer

Paranormal romantic comedy. Supported by the Wellcome Trust. PSYCHOPOMP received a 'Recommend' in the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards 2016 (awarded to the top 1% of over 6000 entries). PSYCHOPOMP was given a rehearsed reading at RADA and has been used in their character development workshops.

•  Longlisted  - BAFTA / Rocliffe New Writing Forum 2014

•  Shortlisted  - Euroscript Screenwriting Competition 2016

•  Quarter-Finalist  - PAGE International Screenwriting Awards 2016

•  Finalist  - Roadmap Writing Contest 2017

THE CAPTIVE HEART
Writer

Romantic adventure based on a true story. THE CAPTIVE HEART received a 'Consider' in the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards 2016, and has been used by RADA in their character development workshops. Michael re-wrote the script at the PageCraft 2017 Screenwriting Retreat in Italy, and the new version is being given a rehearsed reading at RADA in August.

•  Quarter-Finalist  - American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest 2016

FACTUAL ENTERTAINMENT & DRAMATISED ADVENTURE

Episode 4: Ireland
Oz & James Drink To Britain Series Producer & Director

Oz Clarke and James May's alcohol-fuelled road trip bromance deepens in the last and most successful of the series.

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Britain's Lost Routes
With Griff Rhys Jones

A haystack on a Thames barge, with the irrepressible GRJ at the helm.

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Snakemaster Series

The bravest man in television tackles the world's deadliest snakes. Filmed on location in Borneo, Peru, Egypt, Sudan and South Africa.

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Austin Stevens Adventures

One last outing for the globetrotting
snake hunter.

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Shark Island Series Producer & Director

Up cose and personal with the hammerhead
sharks of Cocos Island.

DOCUMENTARY & DRAMA-DOCUMENTARY

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The War Behind The Wire Documentary Series

Extraordinary stories of captivity and escape from German and Italian prison camps during WW2, told by the men who took part.

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The Red Baron Documentary

The life and death of the notorious WW1 fighter pilot, told by members of his family and descendants of those he shot down.

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Barnardo's Children Documentary Series

Stories of love, loss and hope, and the tragic consequences of the ‘policy of secrecy’ that blighted the lives of many Barnardo’s Children.

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The Welsh Great Escape Drama Documentary

The largest escape by German
POWs during WW2.

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Jason, Jim & Me Documentary

The life, loves, and mysterious death of pioneer aviatrix Amy Johnson.

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Officers & Gentlemen Documentary

The remarkable stories of nine Chelsea Pensioners who took part in battles that changed history. Made for Remembrance Day.

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Going To Chelsea Documentary

Observational comedy documentary following garden designer Stephen Woodham’s year-long preparation of a garden for the Chelsea Flower Show.

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In Love With Elizabeth Documentary

The early life and loves of The Queen Mother.

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Ten Pound Poms Documentary

Heart-breaking stories of post-war
emigration to Australia.

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Royal Wedding Bells Documentary

A behind-the-scenes look at the bizarre
preparations for a Royal Wedding.

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A Dinosaur In Hollywood Comedy Documentary

A biopic of Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Lots of CGI.

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The Secret Millionaire Documentary

Effervescent former nurse, Roisin Isaacs,
gives it all away in Dundee.