Rupert Russell is a director, writer, and photographer. His first feature documentary, Freedom for the Wolf, screened at Sheffield Doc/Fest, IDFA, UNAFF, Warsaw Film Festival, and will play at the legendary Slamdance Film Festival this January. 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 the Arab Spring in Tunisia to the rise of Donald Trump in America. He has just completed an animated webseries, How the World Went Mad, on the rise of political insanity for the online documentary streaming platform Yaddo. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Little White Lies, Dangerous Minds, USA Today, Mashable, Cineuropa, and many others.
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 the 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. His recent photo essay of outsider artist Sue Kreitzman was published in the FT Weekend.