COL SPECTOR graduated in film & television from the London College of Communication then started working for BBC Television. There he wrote and/or directed various short comedy dramas including ‘Fireworks’ (starring Dave Schneider), ‘Consumer Advice’ (for BAFTA award-winning series “Short Change”) and ‘Parklife’ (for RTS award-winning series “Scene”). He also directed several series including the acclaimed youth music show ‘Mad About Music’.
He then went on to direct a number of highly distinctive, critically acclaimed documentaries. These include: ‘Just Enough Distance’ (“an extraordinary film – desperately moving”- The Daily Mail), ‘Trouble At The House’ (the follow-up to the BAFTA-winning series “The House” about the Royal Opera House), ‘Puccini Cappuccini,’ ‘The Real Alan Clark,’ and ‘The Lost Supper’.
Commercials he directed out of Ridley Scott Associates include Mars, AOL, Lea & Perrins and Snickers
He wrote and directed the comedy short ‘New Year’s Eve’ (starring Stephen Mangan & Keira Knightley) which won several prizes including Best British Short at the UK’s largest short film festival. It was then included in the feature compilation ‘Stories of Lost Souls’ that premiered in Cannes in 2005
His first feature as writer/director ‘Someone Else’ (starring Stephen Mangan) was released in the UK in 2007 by Soda Pictures. It has been shown at many celebrated film festivals including Edinburgh and Palm Springs. It won the prize for ‘Best European Film of the European Section’ at the 20th Panorama of European Cinema in Athens, and was ‘Variety Critics’ Choice’ at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. It’s been shown several times on BBC2 and is currently being distributed by the IFC and Sundance Channel in the USA.
Col’s second feature as writer/director, the relationship comedy ‘Honeymooner’ (starring
Gerard Kearns and Daisy Haggard) premiered at the 64th Edinburgh Film Festival in June 2010. It has subsequently been shown at various international film festivals including the Chicago International Film Festival. In January 2011 it was released in the UK by Soda Pictures and was recently broadcast on BBC1
He is currently developing the comedy drama “I’m Not In Love”.