A globetrotting Kiwi lands in London.
Lawrence Blankenbyl is new on the London commercial production scene, but he’s built quite some weight behind him since his moving image career began in his native New Zealand almost ten years ago.
Having started as a graphic designer, he earned the daunting title of ‘New Zealand New Media and Design Ambassador’ before he decided he wanted to make films. Three years on from that decision he’d won a Gold Lion for a music video he made for The Pet Shop Boys and was getting worldwide trade media attention.
On the back of that he took up a two-year artistic residency at Fabrica in the North of Italy, where he completed his first feature documentary Rwanda Again, which has been on Italian and Swiss TV and has screened at festivals around the world.
Since then he’s spent some time working in Switzerland working for clients such as Louis Vuitton and now he’s landed in London and signed to Little Madam – Madam’s new division for emerging directors. Flanked by the talented Effie Pappa and Lucio Arese, we’ll be keen to see what he creates in the creative hub that is London.
Watch some of his work here: