Prodigiously multitasked, modern, human, gently bizarre and always with a surrealist touch, Danny Sangra is a new wave filmmaker, who has honed the art of observing modern life.
A graduate of Central Saint Martins, writer and director Sangra is a creative powerhouse – he is also an established artist, illustrator & photographer. Half-Sikh, half-Jewish, he grew up on a Leeds council estate, the son of a hairdresser mother who encouraged his love of drawing. His father watched Kurosawa and Kubrick movies – which made a big impression on the young Sangra.
Sangra went on to build a career by being himself. Take a glimpse through his catalogue of short films, drawings, and multimedia art work, and you will notice a thread of dark humour as well as a curated DIY-perfection to his pieces.
Sangra’s unique style earned him loyal audiences online, particularly with the more discerning Vimeo crowd, where his short “A Lunch Break Romance” is at 765k views. The platform went on to release his debut feature film Goldbricks In Bloom in 2016 through its VOD service, with OneFifty releasing the film digitally, while Emerging Pictures supported a small national theatrical release.
Starring Zosia Mamet (Girls), Jake Hoffman & Leo Fitzpatrick, the film garnered rave reviews amongst audiences and the LA Times. Indiewire reported: “Goldbricks In Bloom’ shares the irreverent wit, heightened reality, and unexpected dark twists of Sangra’s shorts.”
Whilst creating a name for himself making an immense collection of short-shorts, known as a whole as Voltaville, which seem to form parts of a mysterious larger, interconnected story, he has collaborated with clients such as Burberry, Mercedes-Benz, Samsung, Verizon, Miu Miu, SMART, Vogue and Balenciaga - the latter taking second position in the top 10 Fashion Films by Business of Fashion.
"Danny Sangra isn’t your typical filmmaker. His satirical style is novel and makes his films provocative, comedic and foreboding all at once. In oddly subtle ways, his films reconcile the complexities of human nature and address contradictions of life that are common to everyone." STUDYBREAKS
“Writer-director-editor Danny Sangra takes on the complicated relationship between art and commerce in the sharp, surprising ‘Goldbricks in Bloom.’” LA TIMES
“Sangra’s style is witty, playful, irreverent, literate, often surreal and always deadpan cool. He makes a habit of puncturing narrative convention.” SHOTS