Andy spent his formative years at Pinewood Studios and around the West End, literally studying at the knee of his father; film, TV and stage director Christopher Morahan (Jewel in the Crown/Clockwise). He graduated from St Martin’s College and was at the centre of the music video revolution in the late 80’s, through the 90’s and into the new millennium.
Many awards - and international recognition - followed, including the MTV Award For Best Director for George Michael’s Father Figure and Best Video for Guns N’ Roses’ November Rain.
Initially working with artists like The Tom Tom Club, Donald Fagen, Kim Wilde, The Pet Shop Boys and Wham!, Andy went on to acclaimed collaborations with a who’s who of the rock and pop world: George Michael, Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith, Michael Jackson, Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Tears for Fears, AC/DC... and many more.
Andy’s feature debut was Highlander III, starring Christopher Lambert, Mario van Peebles and Deborah Unger. It took more than $60m at the box office. This was followed by HBO’s Murder In Mind, with Nigel Hawthorne, Mary Louise Parker and Jimmy Smits. The film was shortlisted at the Sundance Film Festival.
Andy then teamed up with producer Laura Gregory at Great Guns, where he directed the groundbreaking Guess Jeans Cheat commercial. Featuring performances from Juliette Lewis and Harry Dean Stanton, the stylish and innovative piece won over 60 awards worldwide, including five D&ADs, six Clios and a couple of Silver Lions at the Cannes Advertising Festival.
This was the platform that launched Andy’s commercials career, where his client list now includes Ford, Carling, Lynx, Bacardi, Barclays, Vodafone, VW, Canon, GHD and others. More recently he was recruited by Toyota for their Prius campaign, featuring Leonardo Di Caprio.
2014 has also reminded people of his Music Video roots with a Pepsi funded short film/promo for the World Cup and artist Santigold for Beats of the Beautiful Game, which also featured other films by the likes of Spike Lee and Idris Elba. It had nearly 2 million YouTube hits in a couple of weeks on its release Santigold - Kicking Down Doors.
Additionally Andy’s career has hit a new high in November 2014 when asked by Sir Bob Geldof to shoot/direct the new Band Aid 30 video. Featuring a host of iconic stars including Bono, Chris Martin and One Direction amongst others, it was filmed and edited in just 36hrs and has been received with great critical acclaim not to mention helping Band Aid to raise a record amount of money to help combat the Ebola virus already.
2014/15 has seen Andy expand his ‘live’ repertoire to include directing 5 ‘live satellite broadcasts’ from the Coliseum in London for the English National Opera into over 400 cinema screens in the UK, Ireland and Europe. These kicked off with Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes and Terry Gilliam’s extravagant production of Benvenuto Cellini, which had rave reviews. This year was followed by La Traviata and then the Mike Leigh directed Pirates of Penzance, which broke the UK Box office record for an Opera into cinemas to date and has also been snapped up by Sky Arts. The ENO season is rounded off with Carmen in July 2015. They are all set to be released in to US film theatres later in the year.
Andy is currently attached to direct his own co-penned movie called ‘Boogie Man’ about a 17yr old British Indian boy who is obsessed with ‘Saturday Night Fever'.
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Band Aid 30 / Do They Know Its Christmas (Clip)
Virgin Casino / Las Vegas
Remington / How The World Gets Ready
Head & Shoulders / Hydration
BarryM / General
Veet / Natural
Thomas Cook / It
Virgin Casino / Virgin Welcomes
Pilsner / Emil Holub