UK-based Australian director, Owen Trevor, is best known for his amusing, sophisticated visual language and his ability to drive a narrative forward through comedy and craft. He has a particular passion and knack for casting and performance, which, coming from a line of actors, comes naturally to him.
Owen took a familiar route into filmmaking, spending all his time during his late teens making thousands of short films, and music videos for his friends’ bands. Working in a video store and as a cinema projectionist only fuelled his storytelling fire and very quickly his short films were picking up festival awards at SXSW, London, Palm Springs, Sydney, Oberhausen and more. After his father suggested he became a director due to his all-round filmmaking eptitude, he headed for university to hone his craft.
The award-winning short film, ‘Two Laps’, which Owen wrote and directed, was a pivotal moment in solidifying his style and tone; opening doors to direct hugely successful ads in Australia for Wild Turkey and Pizza Capers, placing him firmly in the crosshair of the commercial world.
Since then, he’s gone on to work with clients including Sunny, Walls, Sixt, Cadbury, Samsung and O2, as well as directing multiple campaigns with McVities, dubbed as 'The Cutest thing on TV' by Time Magazine.
Versatile across all formats, Owen spent many years directing five seasons of BBC’s Top Gear and most recently directed Netflix family film, Go Karts.
Rattling Stick co-founder and executive producer, Johnnie Frankel, said: “Owen is a multi-award winning director with a comedic flare and technical brilliance that really sets him apart from the pack. He is also a talented storyteller, which is something we cherish here at Rattling Stick. And, as if that’s not enough, he’s also a bloody nice fella.”
Owen commented: "I only joined Rattling Stick so I could meet Daniel Kleinman. He's partially to blame for me even being in this industry. As a young film student I saw the iconic John West spot and then the Peter Kay series for John Smith on 'borrowed' Shots DVDs and a dream was born. So the guy has something to answer for. In all seriousness, it’s a pleasure to join such a fine group of filmmakers in him, Johnnie, Stu, Ringan and the rest of the gang. As a group they have produced some of the finest pieces of advertising in history and it feels like there’s a shared sensibility in both our approach to film and the culture that surrounds a company. So I am well chuffed to become a part of that.”