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Profession: Director, Writer

Biography: Ben is a writer and director who won early recognition for his work with his multi-award winning shorts 'The Holy Time' and 'National Achievement Day', both of which were made while he was still a student at the Royal College of Arts.

He began his professional career with the critically acclaimed feature films 'Simon Magus' (1998) and 'The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz'(2000), and as a co-writer on Clare Kilner's directorial début 'Janice Beard 45 WPM' (1999). Ben moved into documentary for his third feature, '37 Uses for a Dead Sheep', which examined the Pamir Kirghiz tribe's 20th century history and was released in 2005. It won numerous prizes, including Best British Film at the 2006 Britdoc Festival, the Caligari Prize at the Berlin Film Festival and Best Film at the prestigious Toronto Hot Docs Festival.

Education: Royal College of Arts.

Spoken Languages: English

Source: www.curtisbrown.co.uk

Ben Hopkins

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