JOSH MERRITT

JOSH MERRITT is a neurodivergent/disabled writer and director.

In 2019 he was commissioned to write/direct ‘Breathe’ a film for BBC Four & iPlayer. In 2020 he received Arts Council England funding to write/direct a series of remotely-shot films, the first of which (‘Vodka Pants’, starring David Schaal from ‘The Office’ and ‘The Inbetweeners’) is now available to stream. He is currently a commissioned playwright with both the New Wolsey Theatre and Boundless Theatre (where he collaborated on a nationwide project with Nassim Soleimanpour, internationally-renowned playwright of ‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit’), on top of developing a full-length play for the Arcola Theatre.

He is developing a feature film with Nigel Cole (director of ‘Calendar Girls’ / ‘Made in Dagenham’ / ‘Saving Grace’ / ‘Doc Martin’) and Hannah Stevenson (BIFA-winning producer of ‘Eaten by Lions’ / ‘In Another Life’). He has several audio series at various stages of development with Jack Bowman (BBC Studios, Audible, Dagaz Media). His plays have been performed at the Arcola Theatre, Folkestone Quarterhouse, and Shoreditch Town Hall. He developed a full-length play with Stepping Out, England’s leading mental health theatre group (patroned by Mark Rylance). The Guardian listed him as one of their “Five to Look Out For” in honour of his writing work with the British Film Institute. His work has screened on television, at the BFI, in London’s Olympic Park, plus featured on BBC Radio.

 

He spent a year working out in Montreal, which included the award-winning short film ‘In the Absence of Angels’. His previous shorts have visited festivals across the globe. He studied with the National Theatre. He was a Barbican Young Filmmaker for two years, producing numerous short films – one of which was awarded “Best Film Noir” in Shooting People’s official ‘Sin City 2′ tie-in – culminating in a mass multimedia stage show that was rated ★★★★★ by The Independent. He wrote for legendary impressionist & comedian Rory Bremner on BBC Radio 4.