Emerging from art school and the electronic music scene of the early 90s, Dawn Shadforth made a series of low budget music videos and experimental shorts. She was commissioned to direct a documentary for Channel 4, Tales of Battered Britain: The Friends' Tale (1995) and The Seven Year Glitch (1996) - a short film documenting Warp Records’ seven year anniversary tour.
Shadforth made her directing breakthrough in 2001 with the video for Kylie Minogue’s Can't Get You Out of My Head. Since then, she has built a distinctive back catalogue, working with a diverse range of artists, including Bjork, Florence & The Machine, Metronomy, and The Moonlandingz. Her video work has earned her a string of awards, most recently the Outstanding Achievement Award “For Staying Relevant” at the 2015 1.4 Awards for Lights video for synthpop duo, Hurts.
She has directed award-winning commercials for Renault, and Marks & Spencer and Nike.
In drama Shadforth made silent short film Ding Dong for Sky Arts, starring Mackenzie Crook, in 2009 and The Big Day, a short film written by Kellie Smith for Creative England's iWrite scheme in 2016.
In 2017, Shadforth directed a block of episodes of Trust, executive produced by Danny Boyle and starring Donald Sutherland and Hilary Swank.
She is currently completing an episode of HIS DARK MATERIALS - an adaption for television of the Phillip Pullman trilogy, scripted by Jack Thorne for the BBC and HBO.
A retrospective of Dawn’s music videos will be showcased as part of the London Short Film Festival in 2018