Jack Whiteley

Born and raised in the wilds of Shropshire, Jack left the Shire to forge his way through the world of filmmaking and hasn’t looked back since. After passing on a career in fine art, Jack honed his skills in practical filmmaking at the Manchester School of Art, graduating with a First-Class Honours degree. Setting up home in the great port City of Liverpool, he quickly established himself as one of the city’s leading independent filmmakers.

Jack directed his first music video for Stealing Sheep’s ‘I Am The Rain’. This was followed shortly by a trip to Bulgaria to direct the video for Norwegian artist Mikhael Paskalev’s summer hit ‘Jive Babe’. The resultant piece led to much critical acclaim for Jack, culminating in a Young Director Award nomination at the Cannes Lions 2013.

Shortly after, Jack joined the Stick and relocated to London, where he has worked on a ground-breaking brand re-launch campaign for Weetabix through BBH, whilst also directing films for KitKat, Eristoff, Sainsbury’s and RMHC, culminating in him being featured in the Shots 25th Anniversary ‘Best New Directors Collection’.

Jack has continued to develop his promo work, directing the critically acclaimed video for The Staves’ ‘Black & White’ in 2015, which won Best Alternative Video at that year’s UKMVAs and Silver at 2016’s Creative Circle Awards, as well as featuring in the inaugural 1.4 Showcase.

In 2017, Jack won Elton John and YouTube’s The Cut competition and was selected to direct the first ever music video for his iconic 1973 track, ‘Bennie and the Jets’, alongside collaborator and co-director Laura Brownhill. The video was nominated for three UKMVAs including Best UK Pop Video.

Since then he has gone on to direct the video for Young Fathers' 'In My View', described by Pitchfork as 'ravishing' and Stereogum as having 'fist-clenching energy', as well as the award-winning disco-game hybrid 'Lover Chanting' for Little Dragon and Aldous Harding's lilting 'Fixture Picture'.

Jack’s work is defined by its rich colour, high energy and a certain joie de vivre. He is as deft at directing drama as he is comedy.