Exit Films has signed Ben Quinn (far left) for
representation in Australasia, during a trip home for Quinn.
Churchill-Brown, executive producer, Exit: "Ben's work resonated with
Exit because it is primarily about performance, and people captured with
a distinctive visual eye. This is a vernacular that is in our DNA."
Quinn: "They always make such beautiful films. Their pedigree is
awesome. It churns our talent. The list of directors and DPs who once
DA-ed or cleaned the loos there is remarkable."
He is now on his way to shoot commercial for Deutsch N.Y. in Barcelona.
When that finishes, he begins casting for a feature film. At the core
of both these projects, and all of Quinn's award-winning work are
natural, believable performances. Performances that invite viewers to
connect with what they are watching. It's no surprise then, that Quinn
began learning his craft in the documentary department at the BBC.
Quinn: "I come from docos. I saw things beautiful things happening in
front of me, untouched by the director's hand. I loved being able to
bottle that unfettered reality. They taught me to see the beauty in the
Further on, Quinn's mentor and now co-filmmaker,
Walter Campbell, taught him, "Cut the Bullshit. Don't even do it if
people won't believe it".
Quinn adds: "This dedication to performance and doing what I have to do to make a film feel authentic has never let me down."
left Australia in 1996 to live and work in the UK. He founded his
directing career there. As his finesse grew, that career flourished. In
2008, he created a spot for humanitarian project, The Elders. On first
screening, that film drew a standing ovation from the room that included
Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter.
A year later,
Quinn worked with Nicholas Hoult, Michelle Ryan, Emilia Fox, Joanna Page
and Goldie on Samantha Morton's, "Help Give Them a Voice" campaign for
the COI, a campaign to recruit more than 5,000 social workers for
vulnerable children, adults and families. In 2010 and 2011, Quinn worked
with Ralph Fiennes on Fiennes' adaptation of Coriolanus, assisting
Fiennes in his development and realisation of the film. He went on to
direct the second unit in Serbia. Quinn's 2017 film, I Missed my
Mother's Funeral, starring Ben Cox and shot by Barry Ackroyd, was
selected to screen in festival throughout the world and was shortlisted
for a BAFTA.
Throughout all of this, Quinn was also gaining a
reputation as the director able to turn simple stories into memorable
advertisements, directing campaigns for Nike, Fosters, Reebok, Mazda,
Coke, Chevrolet, Subaru, Panera and Samsung, with agencies such as
Anomaly, Deutsch, CHE Proximity, R/GA and Leo Burnett.
In 2017, Quinn's film for Dicks Sporting Goods
made with Anomaly about the Fifth Ward Saints, a youth football team in
Houston Texas, won many awards, including and AICP and a Clio.
ability to make stories that feel real and capture at an emotional
level will be apparent in his new work for Deutsch and PNC Bank.
He says: "It's one of those rare jobs in which trust abounds. The client trusts the agency and the agency trusts the director."
individuality that Quinn injects into his film, he attributes to Walter
Campbell, ranked by D&AD as one of the world's most awarded
creatives ever, along with Sir John Hegarty, Bob Isherwood, David Abbott
and Neil Godfrey.
Quinn continues: "If I ever had a problem
with a script or just couldn't crack it, I'd ask Walter and he'd send me
some vague reference or obscure photo - that was absolutely perfect.
We're still like that. We speak most days, even though we now live in
Campbell wrote Under The Skin with Jonathan
Glazer in which Scarlett Johansson starred, and has also penned the
film on which they are working together, from a story that Quinn and
Campbell heard six years ago.
Says Quinn: "It's a beautiful but
brutal story about a marriage breakdown, the story of a Belfast woman in
the '60s who is forced to give up her child. And like everything Walt
writes, there are images in there that you couldn't even imagine."
View Quinn's work here: http://exit.com.au/ben-quinn/