William’s first feature film, LADY MACBETH, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2016 and was subsequently chosen as a top ten pick of the festival in both Variety and Rolling Stone. BAFTA, Variety, The Observer and Evening Standard have identified William as a director to watch in the future. 

William's short film BEST won the Sundance London Short Film Competition in 2013 and was then invited to be screened at the Sundance Festival, 2014.


Previously he had worked with film and video at art college before becoming a successful theatre and opera director in the UK and abroad. As Director in Residence at the Young Vic Theatre, London he staged contemporary adaptations of European classics such as Ghosts by Ibsen. Subsequently he was invited to direct adaptations of Sartre in Tokyo, Beckett in Munich and Shakespeare in UK for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Complete Works Festival. Opera productions include works by Pergolesi in Portugal and Donizetti at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London.

LADY MACBETH was adapted by Alice Birch from the mid-nineteenth century novella by Nikolai Leskov and produced by Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly with the support of the BFI, BBC Films and Creative England through iFeatures. It has already won the FIPRESCI International Critics' prize at San Sebastián and Thessaloniki, the Critics' Choice at Zurich and the Cineuropa prize for outstanding cinematic contribution at Les Arcs, France. 


William is represented by United Agents in U.K. and by WME in the US. 







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