John Bentham is a recent addition to the world of tabletop and food directors. He is also well known for his work as top international and highly creative food stylist.
Since shooting his first film "Sunday Supplement", a self-scripted and über-stylish retro-glam homage to the glory days of the traditional Sunday Mag, his reel has grown and grown. Recent spots include McDonald’s "Pitta", National Theatre "An Evening At The Talk House" and Jamie Oliver’s "Food Foundation".
It was in the London ad agencies where John first cut his teeth in creating great advertising. Straight out of Watford College, diploma in hand, on work experience at Saatchi’s, soon becoming a producer and later a passionate art buyer at some of London’s top agencies on some great and award winning campaigns before setting out on his career in styling and art direction and now a talented and highly creative Commercials Director.
John has been invited to photograph stills projects and campaigns too for clients such as National Theatre, Lidl, Marie Claire Magazine, and various publishers in London and Paris, where John lived for several years.
His interest and enthusiasm in the arts has brought about some great opportunities for John too. The Royal Academy of Arts in London invited him to create 4 stunning installations, shown for one night only at the VIP opening of the Summer Exhibition, curated by Tracey Emin and Anya Hindmarch and he and his family are very proudly portrayed in pot form, by artist Grayson Perry. Bond Street Jeweler David Morris too commissioned John to create a film launching their proud sponsorship of The Royal Academy of Arts’ Ai Weiwei exhibition in 2015.
John’s natural talent and flair along with his love of a playful narrative, composition and colour make his work not just stylish, classy and bold but original, believable and super tasty.
Food Revolution / Jamie's Message To David Cameron
McDonald's / Pitta
National Theatre / Evening At The Talk House