Biography

 
 
 


Andy Crabb is a film and image maker with more than 20 years experience. His work has included directing, editing and producing of films and videos ranging from fiction films, music videos and large screen backdrop projections to documentaries and community and disabled arts productions.


Born on the East Coast of Scotland, Andy graduated with a first in Film and Television in 1990.  In the same year his documentary “Billy Childish vs Dr.X” about the underground writer, musician and artist Billy Childish was selected as

“The Director’s Choice” at the BP Expo National Student Film Festival.

In 1991 Andy began his professional career at Basilisk Films, the late Derek Jarman’s production company, where he worked on a wide variety of productions for the company, as well as continuing to make his own work. In 1992 his 30 minute film “The Wanderer”, an adaptation of the Anglo-Saxon poem of the same name starring Michael York and Michael Gough (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0192942/) won the best short film award at the Turin Film festival.


In 1994 He edited Derek Jarman’s final feature film “Glitterbug”, a BBC Arena commission. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109909/fullcredits#cast)

 

Andy subsequently started working with music-related productions, directing music videos and specially commissioned large-screen projections for high profile bands of the time such as Suede.  He also developed an interest in working with spoken word, community filmmaking and disabled arts productions, and made work for London based organisations working in these areas such as Strathcona Theatre, The Tricycle Theatre and Apples and Snakes.


In 2001 he gained a Master’s Degree in Electronic Imaging from the University of the Creative Arts, where he also worked as tutor with the undergraduate students. His MA graduation piece “We’re not in Kansas Anymore” a series of installation films, was shortlisted for the 2002 Becks Futures film prize and was exhibited at the ICA in London and in New York.

 

From 2002-2007 Andy Crabb largely set aside filmmaking and pursued a long term interest in working with students with Dyslexia and Specific Learning Difficulties and Students with Mental Health difficulties. In 2004 he moved with his family to a small island on the west coast of Scotland.

 

In 2007-2008 he was commissioned by the Nàdair Trust to  produce and direct all visual aspects of “The Sea Kingdom”: a book and DVD featuring a series of short films documenting community life and sustainable projects on nine remote Hebridean Islands.

 

Andy Crabb is currently Filmmaker in Residence at The Scottish Association for Marine Science,  following investment from Creative Scotland under the Creative Futures scheme, and is working as director on a television documentary with Solus Productions (www.solusproductions.tv)