Official website of British filmmaker Ben Pickering, director of THE SMOKE (aka LONDON PAYBACK) and WELCOME TO CURIOSITY.
Born in London to Welsh parents, Ben’s film career has spanned more than twenty years.
Starting with his first feature-film Backstreet in 1995 – when he was just sixteen and studying for his GCSEs – he has since produced half a dozen features ranging from micro-budget to multi-million pound projects.
Two years after making Backstreet, Ben produced and starred in the low-budget gangster thriller Tragic Irony. Made on 16mm film for just £6,000, it was a cross between Pulp Fiction and Shallow Grave, taking a sideswipe at the seedier side of Nineties Britain.
Fifteen years later, he finally took the plunge and directed his first feature The Smoke, a reimagining of Tragic Irony starring Matt di’Angelo (Borgia), Lili Bordán (Battlestar Galactica) and Alan Ford (Snatch). The London- and Paris-set feature was released in the UK in October 2014 and internationally throughout 2015 as London Payback.
After co-producing Isle of Man heist caper Ratted Out starring Vas Blackwood (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and associate producing The Stranger starring Rachel McDowell (Mamma Mia!), he returned to the director’s chair for the Cornwall-set psychological thriller Welcome to Curiosity starring Amrita Acharia (Game of Thrones, The Good Karma Hospital), Jack Ashton (Call the Midwife), Richard Blackwood (Anuvahood) and Stephen Marcus (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels). The film is due for release in Spring 2018.
Ben specialises in the structure and financing of film projects using the UK Government’s Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS), Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Film Tax Credit (FTC).
Visit for more information: http://benpickering.com/