British Director/Producer and Writer JULIA VERDIN has just made her directing debut with the short films Lost Girls and Lost Girls: Marisol. Julia is passionate about making social issue-driven films and using the power of film to shed light on important humanitarian issues.
Julia has a strong background as one of Hollywood’s leading independent producers, having produced 32 critically acclaimed feature films to date. She also has many credits as an actress. This background, along with working closely and learning from other directors, has helped give her a strong ability to direct actors. Julia has an MA in film, with distinction, and is known as an educator and mentor to many young filmmakers. As an educator, she hopes to inspire other filmmakers pick their passion causes and raise awareness through film. She is currently finalizing a feature screenplay for Lost Girls: Angie, about a teenage sex trafficking survivor’s journey of recovery; she plans to direct it in late 2016.
Julia has produced acclaimed theatrical releases including the Newmarket release Stander, directed by Bronwen Hughes starring Tom Jane, Deborah Unger, Dexter Fletcher and David O’Hara; Sony Classics release The Merchant of Venice, directed by Michael Radford, and starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes; and Riding The Bullet based on a Stephen King story, directed by Mick Garris, and starring David Arquette, Jonathan Jackson, Erica Christensen and Barbara Hershey. These films played in major film festivals including Sundance, Venice, Toronto, and London.
Her faith based film, the Lionsgate release The Least Among You, starring Lou Gossett Jr., Lauren Holly and William Devane, premiered on Showtime, and was featured in many major festivals. The film was nominated for the 2012 NAACP awards for Outstanding Television Movie and Best Lead Actor.
Julia's recent film 2 Jacks, based on Leo Tolstoy short story “Two Hussars,” directed by Bernard Rose, and starring Danny Huston, Jack Huston, Sienna Miller, Jacqueline Bisset and Billy Zane, was released theatrically in the US and is still playing on Netflix and VOD. The film also played in prestigious festivals including Montreal World, Vancouver International and the Hollywood Film Festival. Julia also executive produced Born of War, directed by Vicky Jewson starring James Frain and Sophia Black D’Elia which was recently released by Lionsgate.