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:
I Care A Lot (2020) Black Bear Pictures. Thriller starring Rosamund Pike, Eiza González and Peter Dinklage.
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.