Rupert Russell is a director, writer, and photographer. His first feature documentary, Freedom for the Wolf, premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017 and went on to screen at IDFA, UNAFF, and many others. Filmed in five countries and executive produced by BBC Storyville founder Nick Fraser, it tells the story of the global crisis of democracy from the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong to the failure of Arab Spring in Tunisia to the rise of Donald Trump in America. He is currently working on a series of animated shorts on “How the World Went Mad” for the online documentary streaming platform Yaddo. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Little White Lies, Dangerous Minds, State of the Arts, USA Today, Mashable, Exposed Magazine, and Backseat Mafia.
Rupert has a Double-Starred First in the Social and Political Sciences from Jesus College, Cambridge, and a PhD from Harvard University in Sociology, where he was National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. After graduating, he returned to film industry, which he worked in first as a small child. He has kept his academic eye for detail as well as his passion for big ideas with global impacts. He continues to write essays and has been published in The Independent, Salon.com, Paper Magazine, Dazed and Confused, and The Huffington Post. He is also an avid photographer of social and architectural subjects, working exclusively with 35mm and medium format 120mm film.