Yann Demange is a French-Algerian film director. After directing the well-received television series Dead Set and Top Boy, he made his directorial film debut with the critically acclaimed independent film '71, for which he received the British Independent Film Award for Best Director.
BiographyBorn in Paris to a French mother and an Algerian father, Demange moved to west London with his mother and two older brothers when he was two years old. He began his career at age 18 as a runner on the set of music videos, before enrolling at an arts foundation at the London College of Printing. He later made observational documentaries for General Electric.
In his late 20s, Demange attended the National Film and Television School on a scholarship from Disney. He secured a deal with ICM Partners on the basis of his graduation film, which led to him directing several episodes of the television series Secret Diary of a Call Girl. He next directed the zombie horror series Dead Set, which was nominated for a BAFTA Television Award for Best Drama Serial. For his direction of Channel 4's Top Boy, a gang drama set in Hackney, Demange received a nomination for a BAFTA Television Award for Best Director, while the serial was nominated in the category Best Mini-Series.
Demange made his directorial film debut with '71, which stars Jack O'Connell as a soldier deployed to Belfast at the height of political violence in Northern Ireland. 71 premiered in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival and went on to receive critical acclaim. Demange won the British Independent Film Award for Best Director and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. Demange has also been hailed as a promising new voice in British filmmaking.