Ed Perkins

Documentary Director

Ed Perkins is an Oscar nominated documentary filmmaker whose films have won numerous international awards.

Ed has directed films for Netflix, the BBC, The Guardian, National Geographic and Channel 4 and was recently named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit.

After graduating from the University of North Carolina as a Morehead-Cain scholar in 2009, Ed directed the behind-the-scenes documentaries for ‘PROJECT NIM’, ‘THE EAGLE’, the BAFTA winning ‘THE IMPOSTER’, and the Academy Award winning ‘SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN’.

In 2015 Ed made his first feature documentary GARNET’S GOLD, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2014, won a GRIERSON AWARD for BEST NEWCOMER, won BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY awards at Docville and Jozi Film Festival, and was nominated for BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE at both Tribeca and the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Ed then went on to make BARE KNUCKLE FIGHT CLUB, of which the Times said: “You will not have seen a better documentary this year”. Two of Ed’s short films have won Vimeo “Short of the Week” and “Staff Pick” accolades, including ‘IF I DIE ON MARS’ which has had more than 1,000,000 views over multiple platforms.

In 2018 Ed directed BLACK SHEEP, a documentary short for The Guardian, which won 13 international awards and was nominated for BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT at the 91st Academy Awards.

Ed works with Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn at Lightbox.