Sean Grundy is an award-winning film-maker and writer with over twenty years experience in broadcasting and film. His directing work encompasses popular and critically-accaimed dramas, comedies and documentaries.
Sean was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire. He graduated with a degree in drama and film. His first job was video-artist-in-residence at South Hill Arts; then later he joined Granada TV to work as an on-air promo-producer, where he created numerous award-winning promos. At Granada, he moved into comedy – writing and directing for Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson and Caroline Aherne – and then directing documentaries, producing several critically-acclaimed works about North West life and history. This was followed by a post in lecturing in documentary production at Salford University. His subsequent documentary and comedy work included producing and directing Marcus Brigstock and Russell Brand. During this time he also directed several highly-acclaimed short films, and moved into drama production where he directed several BAFTA nominated and Emmy award-winning television productions. In 2008, he was invited to join Pioneer Productions as Head of Drama Development. He now runs his own company, HandDrawn Films, as a director and writer. As a writer, he has scripted numerous TV shows and Sony award-winning radio plays.
Sean’s directing work across genres has given him the skills to adapt creatively to the demands of the script, whether the story is an irreverent black comedy, a family in melt-down or explosive action. This experience has also given him the ability to bring emotional depth to his comedy, comic vision to his documentaries and wry edginess to his drama: all with a strong understanding of visual storytelling. His own writing often explores the lives of outsiders, the surreal in the everyday and the extremes that people are driven to in search of love and happiness. Sean is committed to creating exciting, emotional and challenging work.