In 1998 David Lawson, director John Akomfrah and producer Lina Gopaul set up production company Smoking Dogs Films to make commercially successful documentaries and feature films. Since its conception, David has produced a range of highly acclaimed and award winning films, as well as several films for art gallery installations including John Akomfrah’s The Genome Chronicles about the artist Donald Rodney which is currently on show at the Rivington Place Gallery in Shoreditch. He is now developing a cinema feature documentary on the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, as well as a feature film set across five Afican countries and producing a feature documentary on an ecological disaster for the BBC. Previously he was head of distribution, marketing and festivals for the seminal film group the Black Audio Film Collective.
|2008 Jury Member|