Joshua Neale is an award winning filmmaker based between East London and West Wales. With a unique background in both acting and documentary filmmaking Joshua’s work is characterised by a striking authenticity, heartfelt emotion and cinematic storytelling.

His directorial debut was the inventive musical documentary “Karaoke Soul” for Channel 4, which was nominated for the BAFTA Breakthrough Award. This was followed by his feature debut Despicable Dick & Righteous Richard hailed by Screen International as 'a bold, engaging and moving documentary’. The film premiered in Competition at Tribeca Film Festival before a successful festival run and broadcast on BBC’s Storyville strand.

An acclaimed commercials director, Joshua has made films for brands including Johnnie Walker, Huawei, Stella Artois, IKEA, CBeebies and Nike Jordan, and for charities UNICEF, RMHC, and Water.org - his work winning awards including Cannes Lions, British Arrows, EPICA, AICP, D&AD and other acronyms you haven’t heard of.

Joshua is a Berlinale Talent Campus alumni, Bafta Connect member and is currently developing his first feature drama script with the support of Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. He aims to continue working in branded, documentary, fiction and anywhere in between making emotive and cinematic films with powerful human stories at their core.

Selected Awards, Shortlists and Festivals


Despicable Dick and Righteous Richard - // Tribeca Film Festival -International Documentary Competition, Hot Docs, Austin FF, Silver Docs, Sheffield Doc Fest, Salem International FF

Karaoke Soul // Bafta Breakthrough Award, Sheffield Doc Fest

Commercials and Branded

Momondo ‘The World Piece’ // Excellence Awards ‘Winner’

CBeebies ‘Differences’ // British Arrows “Gold” x 2, Cannes Lions “Shortlist”, APA “Best of the Year”, D&AD “Wood”

UNICEF ‘The True Story of Harry and Ahmed’ // Cannes Lions “Shortlist” x 5 “Bronze” x1, British Arrows “Bronze”, APA “Best of the Year”, EPICA “Silver” x 2, D&AD “Wood”

S7 Airlines ‘Imagine’ // Cannes Lions “Silver”

Huawei ‘Touch’ // Kinsale Sharks “Shortlist”

Nike Jordan ‘#Riseabove’ // One Show ‘Merit’

Johnnie Walker ‘Morning’ // AICP “Best Cinematography”

Lurpak ‘Pie’ // British Arrows “Bronze”