Rupert Russell is a director, writer, and photographer. His first feature documentary, Freedom for the Wolf, won the Audience Award at the Slamdance Film Festival and screened at 24 film festivals worldwide, including IDFA and Sheffield Doc/Fest. 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. His animated series on the rise of political insanity, How the World Went Mad, premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018 and has been released on Docsville. He is currently working on his next feature documentary on the commodities markets, commissioned by ARTE. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Vice, 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 has also done commercial work for the FT, Auriens, CNN, and the UK Government.