Malcolm Venville

An acclaimed photographer, director of TV commercials, integrated content and feature films, Malcolm Venville is known for continuously pushing the creative envelope.

He has directed TV campaigns for companies such as Samsung, Nike, Xbox, Volkswagen, Google and Guinness. He has shot several legendary spots with Nike, including ‘Rooney’ and ‘Ribery’, a pair of spots exploring the intensity and dedication required to reach the top of one’s sporting game and the World Cup spot ‘Almost’ with Robinho.

‘Fast Forward’, is an epic spot tracking the intense training regimens of Kobe Bryant, Roger Federer, and other elite athletes. Venville also shot a memorable campaign for SOS Live Earth, in which he captured shockingly honest accounts from children about their trepidation concerning the ever-present threat of global warming.

Among Venville’s other celebrated spot projects are ‘Kill the Gun’a hauntingly beautiful spot designed to fight gun violence; ‘Squares’, a brilliant experiment in symmetry for Volkswagen; and campaigns for Benetton, Guinness, Moosehead Beer, Barclays Bank, Lotus Esprit, Kodak, Miller Brewing Company, MasterCard, and UPS.

Venville’s first feature, ’44 Inch Chest’, stars Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, John Hurt and Tom Wilkinson. Keanu Reeves, Vera Farmiga and James Caan star in Venville’s second feature, ‘Henry’s Crime’. His award winning short films include ‘Silent Film’ and ‘Remembering Sister Ruth’.

Venville has published four works of photography. ‘Layers’ (Spine 2003) documents Venville’s career as an art and advertising photographer. ‘Lucha Loco’ (Therapy 2006) pictuers a collection of Lucha Libre wrestler portraits. ‘Dressed to Kill’ (Rizzoli 2012) gives readers insight into the fashion of the 90’s jazz age. ‘The Women of Casa X’ (Schilt 2013) explores the lives of elderly sex workers in Mexico City.

Malcolm has been the recipient of every major honour in advertising. Volkswagen ‘Squares’ started its winning streak with the a Grandy at the Andy Awards, then went on to win two Gold Pencils at One show; the AICP’s Overall Excellence for a single spot, Original Music, Best Agency Art Direction and Advertising Excellence for a Campaign, a Silver Clio, a Bronze Lion at Cannes, and an Emmy nomination.

The awards for his work have continued to roll in since then with numerous Lions at Cannes, Clio Awards, Andy Awards, AICP’s Awards, various Gold and Silvers at BTAA Arrows and D&AD nominations.