J Blakeson is a film director and screenwriter. His feature debut was The Disappearance of Alice Creed, a highly acclaimed kidnap thriller which he wrote and directed.
In 2015 J directed The 5th Wave for Columbia Pictures/Sony. The film is based on Rick Yancey’s best-selling novel and stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Liev Schreiber and Maria Bello.
In 2017 J directed Gunpowder – a three part drama mini-series for Kudos productions, BBC One and HBO. The series stars Kit Harington, Liv Tyler, Mark Gatiss and Peter Mullan. J directed all three episodes.
J lives in London and currently has TV and film projects in the works on both sides of the Atlantic.
Gunpowder (2017) Kudos/BBC1. Three-part drama about the Gunpowder plot. Written by Ronan Bennett. Produced by Laurie Borg. Starring Kit Harington, Liv Tyler, Mark Gatiss and Peter Mullan.
The 5th Wave (2016) Columbia Pictures. A GK Films & Material production. YA Thriller based on the bestselling novel by Rick Yancey. Produced by Graham King, Tobey Maguire, Lynn Harris and Matthew Plouffe.
AS DIRECTOR & SCREENWRITER:
The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009) CinemaNX. Kidnap thriller starring Gemma Arterton, Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston.
Press for The Disappearance of Alice Creed:
“Taut, superbly executed and consistently engrossing, The Disappearance of Alice Creed marks an auspicious feature debut for writer-director J Blakeson.” – The Hollywood Reporter
A terrifically enjoyable British film from debut writer-director J Blakeson, who on the tightest of budgets delivers a professionally honed thriller… Blakeson is a name to watch” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“The Disappearance of Alice Creed is a tense kidnap film that breaks the rules of the genre: it’s British, small and perfectly formed” – Cosmo Landesman, The Sunday Times
The Descent: Part 2 (2006–2008) Celador Films. Feature film written in collaboration with James McCarthy. Sequel to 2005 horror hit The Descent. Produced by Christian Colson. Released in 2009.