After a decade making documentaries, Saul’s debut feature BULLET BOY ,(BBC Films/UKFC, 2003) helped win him an Evening Standard Award for Best Newcomer. Saul went on to direct an adaptation of Alan Hollinghurst’s Booker-winning novel THE LINE OF BEAUTY (BBC, 2006) with Dan Stevens and Hayley Atwell, followed by THE DUCHESS (Pathe/BBC Films, 2008) . Starring Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes and Charlotte Rampling, which was nominated for and won a host of awards including Oscars, BAFTAs, Golden Globes, European Film Awards and the British Independent Film Awards. In 2013 Saul directed his own adaptation (co-written with Matt Charman) of Irène Némirovsky’s acclaimed novel SUITE FRANCAISE (eOne/TWC/TF1) starring Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenaerts and Kristin Scott Thomas. In 2016 he directed NW, a single film for BBC2, adapted from Zadie Smith’s novel and starring Nikki Amuka-Bird, Phoebe Fox and O-T Fagbenle which was nominated for two BAFTAs and won the top prize at FIPA. Saul has most recently completed JOURNEY’S END (BFI/Lionsgate) starring Sam Claflin, Paul Bettany, Asa Butterfield and Toby Jones, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. It was released in the UK in February 2018 followed by the US in April. He is currently directing the opening episodes of THE DUBLIN MURDERS, a series adaptation of the novels by Tana French, written by Sarah Phelps, for Euston Films / BBC One / Starz.
Saul is also developing a number of feature and television projects. For film, the true-life epic AMERICAN COMMERCE (written by Ronan Bennett) with Independent Films and Thunder Road. And for TV, he is developing an adaptation of JG Ballard’s SUPER-CANNES, with Bonafide Films/Channel 4 (DC Moore writing), as well as developing and co-writing (with author Ben Lyle) THE IRREGULAR for See-Saw.
|2018 Jury Member|