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ABOUT JUSTIN HARDY

 

 

After an MA in History from Oxford, and a Post HND (Distinction) from Bournemouth Film School, Justin has spent his career making award winning television history. 

 

Known for his innovative, genre defining work, one of his most recent productions is a feature length, mixed current affairs/dramatised satire of Brexit politics for the BBC – Theresa v. Boris: How May Became PM. 

 

For over twenty years, Justin has directed, written and produced over 20 TV and cinema films covering every century of the millennium; from 1066 through to the London Riots of 2011.  He won the first ever Royal Television Society Award for History, with The Great Plague in 2000.  He has won three more RTS awards, with Invitation to a Hanging, Trafalgar: Battle Surgeon and City of Vice.  He was nominated for a BAFTA for Relief of Belsen, and received a Primetime EMMY nomination for his Discovery Channel commission, Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real.  He also has experience in online history games.  His City of Vice game won a BAFTA as did the game production for 1066. 

 

In 2018, Justin embarked on a PhD at the University College London, alongside helping to launch a History video on demand channel - “a Netflix for history”, where he is a Curator  (responsibility for drama commissions). In this capacity, he has just helped to launch the first ever historical drama podcast, a radio-play style podcast entitled A Prince in the Tower, starring Iain Glen (Game of Thrones), available now on HistoryHit.  

 

As part of his passionate commitment to promoting both history and film/TV studies, Justin has been a regular guest speaker on these subjects at both schools and universities across the United Kingdom. 

Justin lives in Oxfordshire with his wife, Larissa, their 4 children, 2 dogs and the much beloved, Smudge the cat. 

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

 

 

2016

The Green Park

Winner, Best Feature Documentary 

London Independent Film Festival 

Official Selection

Toronto Jewish Film Festival 

Official Selection

UK Jewish Film Festival 

2015 

Captain Webb

Nominated, Best Feature Film 

National Film Awards 

2014 

37 Days, BBC

Nominated, Best Drama Series

Royal Television Society 

2013 

Love Me Till Monday 

Nominated, Best Feature Film: Newcomer

BFI London Film Festival 

2010

Spanish Flu: The Forgotten Fallen, BBC

Nominated, Best Actor 

BAFTA (Sc)

2009

1066: The Battle for Middle Earth, Channel 4

Nominated, Best History Film

Royal Television Society 

Nominated, Best Online Game

BAFTA

2008 

Relief of Belsen, Channel 4

Winner, Best Single Drama

The Broadcast Awards 

Nominated, Best Specialist Factual

BAFTA

Nominated, Best Factual Drama

The Grierson Awards

City of Vice, Channel 4 

Winner, The Judges Award

Royal Television Society 

Winner, Best Online Game

BAFTA

Nominated, Best Drama

The Writer's Guild

2007 

A Harlot's Progress, Channel 4

Nominated, Best Costume Design

Nominated, Best Make-up

BAFTA

2005 

Trafalgar: Battle Surgeon, Channel 4

Winner, Best History Film

Royal Television Society 

2004 

Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real, The Discovery Channel 

Nominated, Best Animated Film

Nominated, Best Visual Effects

Primetime EMMY Awards 

2003

Invitation to A Hanging, Channel 4

Winner, Best History Film

Royal Television Society 

2001 

The Great Plague, Channel 4

Winner, Best History Film 

Royal Television Society 

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