Dan Nathan is an award-winning film director, creative consultant and fine art photographer. His directing background is in the world of commercials working on over 400 films for major international brands including Adidas, American Express, Canon, Coca Cola, Electrolux, Fiat, Lego, Mazda, McDonalds, Nike, Nissan, SKY, Sony, Toyota and Virgin.
Dan’s work is principally character-driven using a basis of sharp observation with a sometimes humorous edge and with particular attention given to casting. He has worked with an array of talent including David Beckham, Hugh Bonneville, Anna Chancellor, Stephen Fry, Bill Nighy, Ricky Tomlinson and not forgetting the Chelsea football team!
His sharp, sometimes dark, photographic style has garnered him many prestigious advertising awards including Gold & Silver awards at Cannes, Clio Silver awards, Creative Circle Awards, AICP Awards etc. Most recently his campaigns for the Adot foundation for O&M Tokyo, have received seventeen global awards including three D&AD pencils (one for photography), Cannes, the APA Show, the AICP, the One Show, the Clios plus Gold & Bronze awards at the British Television Advertising Awards.
Dan’s offbeat directing style was recognised by the film world when he was selected for the Viper’s Nest, a talent initiative sponsored by the Salt Company. This initiated a number of short films including a black comedy “Critical Eye” – starring Hugh Bonneville and Anna Chancellor and a mid-life crisis road movie “Hello Sunshine” featuring Lysette Anthony & Sara Stewart. Both were extremely successful on the festival circuit, “Hello Sunshine” receiving Official Selections in over thirty UK & International film festivals.
In addition to his directing work, Dan’s life-long passion for photography and an interest in landscapes has resulted in two recent major London exhibitions at Minotti and the David Hill Gallery. These showcased work from locations as far afield as Arizona & Utah, Iceland, the Sahara and Siberia.
Dan’s most recent work is a film and photographic campaign, shot in Bangladesh, to highlight the plight of the Rohingya refugees. The client was BRAC (Building Resources Across Communities) the largest non-governmental development organisation in the world. The agency was Ogilvy and Texel Finance sponsored the film.