THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER
(Director) made his major motion picture debut helming the box
office hit, CON AIR. Born in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, Great
Britain, he began his career in 1981 when he joined the BBC in
London as an apprentice film editor. He worked on a number of
award-winning productions, including the documentary Strangeways
Prison and the dramatic series Bleak House (both of which won
British Academy of Film and Television Awards) during his four
years with the network.
In 1985 West started freelancing as a director. He was awarded
a grant from the British Arts Council to write and direct a 30-minute
film, DOLLY MIXTURES. He was subsequently signed to Limelight
London to direct music videos and commercials. In 1987 he won
Best Video at the Montreux Music Festival for Mel and Kim's Respectable.
With the success of his burgeoning commercial career, West moved
to the United States where he began working out of Limelight's
Los Angeles office. A year later he moved to Pilot Pictures where
he won two prestigious awards: the Golden Lion from the International
Advertising Festival in Cannes for Little Caesar's Italian Feast
and a Clio for Little Caesar's Airplane.
He joined Satellite Films in 1993 where he expanded his successful
commercial career to include such clients as Sprite, AT&T,
MCI, Ford, Miller Beer and Budweiser. His Pepsi Innertube spot
was voted the most popular commercial of the 1995 Super Bowl in
an USA Today poll. The ad also won the Cannes Golden Lion and
the Clio awards. His highly regarded Budweiser Ants spot won a
Bronze in Cannes in 1995. That same year he began directing for
West has won numerous awards for his commercial work. Amongst
them are the TNE New York Festival's 1993 International TV Advertising
Award, the AICP for Direction of Humor, an ADDYS for Best of Show
Broadcast, an ANDYS for Humor, CLIOS for Best Direction, Golden
Lions from Cannes and the MOMA.
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