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Andrew Mark Sewell

Andrew Mark Sewell is a former BBC executive and now multi award-winning independent filmmaker and radio drama producer/director.

Sewell’s film producer credits include Dan Ireland’s Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont[1], starring Dame Joan Plowright and Rupert Friend. Other credits include the independent films of Canadian filmmaker Paul Kimball, The Cuckoo in the Clock, Roundabout and their latest collaboration, the multi-award winning noir thriller Exit Thread[2].

Television credits include the UKTV simulcast event Haunted (shortlisted for the Montreux e-Rose); documentaries Famous Monster (SPACE), Barcelona Burnout (Men and Motors), Secrets of the Paranormal (UK Horizons) and Echoes of the Past (UK Horizons); and Tim Arnold’s theatre rock-show Sonnet 155: Live featuring Richard Briers, Benedict Cumberbatch, Hattie Morahan, Paul McGann and Lisa Dillon.

Winner of the prestigious NYC International Radio Program ‘Best Director’ Award for I, Robot[3] and nominated as ‘Best Drama Producer’ at the Audio Production Awards (2015 & 2017), Sewell’s name has also become synonymous with some of the most popular science fiction audio drama produced in the last decade, and is best known for the re-imagining of cult BBC television series Blake’s 7, described by SSFAudio.com as “… a polished audio drama gem” and “… intelligent social science fiction.” More recently Sewell directed the acclaimed Dan Dare audio adventures starring Ed Stoppard, based on the popular Eagle comic strips of the 1950s, hailed by SciFiBulletin.com as “… one of the best collections of audio fiction I’ve heard in a long time.”

Over the years Sewell has carved out a growing reputation for producing dramatic, widescreen audio stories, which sound lived-in, real and cinematic. Notable BBC Radio 4 dramas include Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles[4] starring Derek Jacobi and Hayley Atwell, which featured as part of the BBC Radio 4’s ‘Dangerous Visions’ season. The Martian Chronicles were praised by SFX Magazine for its “… impressive cast, pacy direction and phenomenally atmospheric sound design” and Starburst Magazine as “…an admirable rendition of a classic”. Sewell also produced for Radio 4 Sumia Sukkar’s The Boy from Aleppo who Painted the War[5], a moving story set during the Syrian conflict, and most recently the acclaimed dramatisation of Isaac Asimov’s seminal science fiction novel I, Robot[6] reviewed by Starburst Magazine as “… just the kind of quality audio that gives hard sci-fi a good name.”

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[1] Winner: Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont has received 3 awards and 2 nominations and most notably won Best Narrative Feature, Palm Springs International Film Festival (2006) and Best Actress, Joan Plowright, AARP Movies for Grownup Awards (2006).

[2] Winner: Exit Thread has received 25 awards and 6 nominations, including ‘Best Feature Film’, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards (2016).

[3] Winner: Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot ‘Best Director’ (Gold) and ‘Best Drama Special’ (Silver) at the NYC International Radio Program Awards (2017).

[4] Winner: The Martian Chronicles ‘Best Drama Special’ (Silver) at the NYC International Radio Program Awards (2015) and was also Radio Production Awards (2014) nominee for ‘Best Sound Design’.

[5] Nominee: The Boy from Aleppo Who Painted the War was a BBC Audio Drama Award nominee; Farshid Rokey: ‘Best Debut Performance in an Audio Drama’; Radio Production Awards (2015) nominee for ‘Best Sound Design’.

[6] Winner: Dan Dare ‘Best Online Drama Program’ (Silver) and ‘Best Director’ (Silver) at the NYC International Radio Program Awards (2017).