Cowboy Dave Starring Sam Spruell (right of frame)

Cowboy Dave Starring Sam Spruell (right of frame)

Colin O'Toole has a broad range that has seen him direct TV commercials and content for leading brands and music videos for artists such as Ian Brown, Tricky and one of the biggest EDM stars Deadmaus. He has directed documentary shorts and drama for Channel 4 and promo's for 4 Creative.

His last short film, The 10AM, is a Vimeo staff pick and has received over 100K hits on Vimeo to rave feedback and it has toured in many festivals across the world. There is a strong thread through his work of an overriding technical knowledge born out of the love of film and the craft of acting. He taught acting at MN Academy in East London for three years. 

Colin has been nominated for various awards including the prestigious Grierson documentary awards for best newcomer and the Innovation Award at the Music Videos Awards amongst others. His work has been projected in the Bilbao Guggenheim, The Louvre and the V&A as well as official selection at the 2011 Edinburgh Film Festival for the film ‘Let Us Be Golden' and tours with London's ‘Future Shorts' organization.

He currently directs films for the Tate which have featured important artists such as Wolfgang Tillmans, Mark Leckey, Boris Mikhailov, Mona Hatoum and David Hockney.

His next short is an ambitious dark comedy called Cowboy Dave about a childhood experience in Manchester. The film stars Steve Evets (Looking for Eric) Sam Spruell (Snow White & The Huntsman, Starred Up) and Christine Bottomley (The Arbor, Vera Drake) is completed and ready for the festival circuit. His debut film (screenplay and direction) DUFFY (screenplay and direction) is currently in development with Creative England.