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Ben Young

01642 384026
Job title:
Senior Lecturer in Media
School of Computing, Media & the Arts
Computing research

About Ben Young

Ben Young

Ben Young
Senior Lecturer in Media, School of Computing, Media & the Arts
T: 01642 384026
Research: Computing research

Ben is a writer and producer with Third Films ('Better Things,' 2008, ‘Self Made’, 2010, ‘Bypass’ 2014) and his film ‘Blood Cells’ premiered at the 2014 Venice Film Festival, the 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival, and elsewhere ahead of worldwide release. He previously served as Senior Writer for Ten Alps and taught Creative Writing at the University of Oxford. His undergraduate and postgraduate teaching encompasses screenwriting, producing, film studies, and popular culture. He holds an MA in Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths College, London, a BFA in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, and is a member of the Venice Biennale College.

Research interests

In sync with his creative practice, Ben's research explores the process of translating contemporary European and North American corruption, inequality, civic decay, and postindustrial masculinity into stories for the screen, with a particular focus on the integrated processes of screenwriting, casting, performance and place in the social realist mode.

Enterprise interests

Ben is an active writer and producer with complementary experience in film marketing, distribution and exhibition. His work has been supported by private sector partners like Gucci, and he has worked in a creative capacity for clients ranging from Nike to the NHS. His current enterprise interests centre upon the development, execution, marketing and distribution of moving image works.

In the news

  • Prestigious award nomination for young filmmakers
    North East Connected, 10/2/2017; Public (web), 10/2/2017
    Young filmmakers from Teesside University have been nominated for a prestigious Royal Television Society award.

  • Feature: Blood Cells
    NARC Magazine, 14/07/15
    We talked to directors Joseph Bull and Luke Seomore as well as producer and co-writer Ben Young about the stylish British movie produced by Third Films.

  • Blood Cells
    The Times, 26/06/15
    Blood Cells is a ridiculously accomplished film.

  • Blood Cells gets live-score screenings
    Screen Daily, 22/06/15
    Blood Cells, which has its UK premiere in Edinburgh on Tuesday (and competes for the Michael Powell Award), is planning a UK launch in cinemas from June 27.

  • Blood Cells review – evocative story of everyday life and psychological nuance
    The Guardian, 25/06/15
    A drifter revisits his past in this British film studded with the detail and texture of seaside towns and provincial discos.

  • Film Review: Blood Cells starring Barry Ward
    The Irish Post, 10/06/15
    Starring the emerging talent of Barry Ward and featuring other Irish actors Francis Magee and Keith McErlean, Blood Cells is about accepting the past and its poisoned inheritance.

  • Blood Cells: a post-traumatic Britain
    Cineuropa, 11/09/14
    The plot of this film...powerfully depicts the personal spiral many British farmers faced in the aftermath of exterminating herds which they had been so emotionally and financially invested in.

  • Venice film festival: thunder clouds and silver linings
    The Observer, 07/09/14
    But on balance I preferred Blood Cells, in which Jimmy's Hall star Barry Ward plays a kind of modern-day hobo Odysseus.

  • Addio, Lido: Last Postcards from the Venice Film Festival
    Time, 07/09/14
    And like the other films in this year’s Biennale College class, the performances [in Blood Cells] are of the highest quality.

  • Review: Blood Cells
    Screen Daily, 03/09/14
    Review of Blood Cells co-written by Ben Young.

  • Third Films: Samm Hailly and Ben Young
    Screen International - Online, 27/08/2014
    Samm Haillay and Ben Young tell Wendy Mitchell about Third Films’ unusual approach to characters and production, and the outfit’s two films in Venice.