5 U.K. Film Talents on the Rise

5:00 AM 2/19/2018

by Alex Ritman

An actress, cinematographer, director, editor and writer to keep an eye on.

Jessica Buckley, Rungano Nyoni, Nicole Taylor
Jessica Buckley, Rungano Nyoni, Nicole Taylor
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This year's crop of Oscar nominations shows that Hollywood's love affair with British talent in front of and behind the camera is stronger than ever. Here's five rising U.K. names likely to be jostling for major awards attention in the coming years. 

  • Rungano Nyoni


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    Set in the witch camps of Zambia, Nyoni’s Cannes-premiering debut feature I Am Not a Witch blended magical realism with deadpan satire, marking this filmmaker out as a unique storyteller.

  • Nicole Taylor


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    A growing writing name for TV, recently with the BBC’s highly acclaimed Three Girls, Taylor has headed toward the big screen with her upcoming debut Country Music, directed by Peaky Blinders helmer Tom Harper.

  • Jessie Buckley


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    Having moved from stage (Kenneth Branagh’s The Winter’s Tale) to TV (War and Peace, Taboo) and now film, Buckley recently shined in the TIFF-bowing Brit indie Beast and will next be seen in Country Music.

  • Nick Emerson


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    Emerson’s editing skills have been behind recent indie hits such as Lady Macbeth, Pin Cushion, Daphne, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, plus the upcoming An Evening With Beverley Luff Linn and Neil Jordan's Widows.

  • Joshua James Richards


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    Having showcased his elegant camera work on Chloe Zhao’s Songs My Brother Taught Me and The Rider, Richards’ tender cinematography on U.K. indie hit God’s Own Country has attracted widespread acclaim, earning him a London Critics' Circle nomination.

    This story first appeared in the Feb. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.