Christopher Smith is a British film director and screenwriter. He is best known for his horror and thriller films.
Christopher Smith was born in 1970 in Bristol. He was educated at the University of Bristol, graduating from the Film Department. Already during his student days, he began to shoot the first short films. His thesis is the film "10,000th Day". It was released in 1997 and entered the Bafta Film Awards. The next film was the picture "The Day When Grandpa Blind". It was shown in 1998 at several film festivals. Christopher Smith became not only the director of these short films, but also the creator of the scripts for them.
The first full-length film was released in 2004. It was the action-packed horror film Creep. In the story, a young girl leaves a party to get an autograph from a star. At night, she rides the subway and falls asleep in the carriage. The roles in the film were played by Frank Potente, Ken Campbell, Wes Blackwood, Jeremy Sheffield, Sean Harris. The film was produced by Julie Baines. The next film by Christopher Smith was the 2006 film Isolation. This is a thriller with comedy elements. The film tells about an attack on a group of office workers who were resting in the forest. The roles in the film were played by Danny Dyer, Laura Harris, Tim McInerney, Toby Stevens, Andy Nyman, Cladi Blacklay, Babu Sisay, David Gilliam. The film is produced by Jason Newmark. Isolation was written by James Moran.
In 2009, Christopher Smith directed the film Triangle. This is his third full-length mystical thriller film. Triangle is a UK / Australian co-production film. In the story, the main character and her friends find themselves on an abandoned ship. The main roles in the film were played by Melissa George, Michael Dorman, Henry Nixon. The producers of the film are Julie Baines, Chris Brown, Jason Newmark. Christopher Smith not only directed the film, but also became the scriptwriter.
In 2010 his film "Black Death" was released. The script for this thriller was created by Dory Apollo. This is an adventure mystical film with elements of drama. The film is set in England during the Middle Ages. The heroes live during the period of the bubonic plague epidemic. The characters include a young monk, an inquisitor, and a beautiful girl. The roles in the film were played by such actors as Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Caris Van Houten, David Warner, Johnny Harris, Kimberly Nixon, Tim McInerney, John Lynch, Andy Nyman, Iman Elliott, Jimmy Ballard.
In 2012, Christopher directed the historic mini-series Labyrinth. He took as its basis the novel of the same name by the British writer Kate Moss. This book became a bestseller in 2006. The plot is connected with the search for the Holy Grail. The film became a joint production between Germany and South Africa. In the picture you can see such actors as Vanessa Kirby, Jessica Brown, Sebastian Stan. The script for the film was written by Adrian Hodges. The main character inherits a house. Several more storylines unfold in parallel. Among them are archaeological excavations, adultery, crusades, holy books and mysterious caves.
In 2014, Christopher Smith directed and wrote the script for Get Santa. This is a British Christmas tale. The plot tells how Santa Claus had an accident in London and was sent to prison. The main roles were played by Jim Broadbent, Reis Spall and Keith Conor. The family comedy was produced by Lisa Marshall and Tony Scott. In 2016, Christopher Smith directed the crime thriller Detour. The first screening of the film took place at the Tribeca Film Festival. Christopher Smith himself wrote the script for the film based on the Toy drum storyline. The film's producers include Julie Baines, Fin Hunt, Stephen Kelleher, Jason Newmark and Compton Ross. In the story, a law student wants to punish his stepfather, as he suspects him of involvement in the accident, which his mother got into. The film was met with controversy. Critics have compared it to films such as True Love, Strangers on a Train, Beware the Doors are Closing.
In 2019, Christopher Smith directed The Horror at Borley: Exile. This British horror film is based on a true story. The script was written by David Betton, Ray Bogdanovich, Dean Lines. The film is set in England in the 30s of the XX century. A Catholic priest moves to a new place of worship with his family. He finds himself in a small town, the inhabitants of which have practically lost their faith. The film stars Jessica Brown-Findlay, Sean Harris and Anya McKenna-Bruce. The filmmakers described the events that took place in the small British town of Borley in Essex. There are books by British ghost hunter Harry Price, The Most Haunted House in England: Ten Years of Research, 1940, and The End of Borley's Parish, 1946. These works describe the same incidents as in The Horror at Borley: Exile.
Christopher Smith admits to being a fan of director Stanley Kubrick. His favorite horror films include Body Snatchers, Deep Night, Shock, Man Bites Dog, Come and See, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.