Harley  Cokeliss
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HARLEY COKELISS – Director


Harley Cokeliss is an award-winning director renowned for his work in the areas of suspense thrillers, science fiction, family films and fantasy, Variety said of his recent time travel adventure An Angel for May: "A carefully crafted tale, thoughtful and beautifully played, and directed with obvious love by Harley Cokeliss, the picture is genuinely touching in its links across time and generations."


Harley began his career producing and directing documentaries for the BBC and ITV, including CHICAGO STREETS, which won the Silver Pearl for Best Documentary at the Milan Television Film Festival and CRASH, made in collaboration with the novelist J.G. Ballard, which has recently been selected to feature in the Ghosts in the Machine exhibition at the New Museum in New York in July 2012.


He went on to make two award-winning children's films: THE BATTLE OF BILLY'S POND was chosen to be the Royal Premiere Children's Film of its year and went on to win prizes at film festivals around the world, including the First Prize at the Belgrade Film Festival, and THE GLITTERBALL, which followed the next year, also received a Royal Premiere.  It too won many international awards, such as the Ruby Slipper Prize at the Los Angeles Children's Film Festival and the Silver Prize for Children's Films at the Moscow Film Festival. It was also chosen for the XVI Festival Internazionale Del Film Di Fantascienza in Trieste, the Berlin Kinder-Film Festival, the Prize Winners' Festival, Paris, and the Fantasporto Festival in Portugal, where it received a Best Film nomination.  


He made his first feature length film, THAT SUMMER!, for Columbia Pictures (UK).  This well-received coming of age story, starring Ray Winstone in his first big screen appearance, was recently selected by the National Media Museum to open a season of films featuring Ray Winstone.


He was Second Unit Director on THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK for producer George Lucas and was responsible for many stunt and special effect sequences, including the memorable laser sword fight between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. He later went to New Zealand to make the science-fiction adventure BATTLETRUCK, which won the Jury Prize at the Avoriaz Festival du Film Fantastique.
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