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Dominic Savage began his career as a documentary film maker. His documentary work for television includes a number of films made for Channel 4, including Seaside Organist for the Short Story strand, The Outsiders (nominated for the Grierson award) and Rogue Males & The Complainers for Cutting Edge. He has also made a number of documentaries for the BBC.
In 2000 Savage turned to fiction and wrote and directed Nice Girl for BBC Drama, winning the BAFTA Award for New Director Fiction 2001. Nice Girl was also nominated for Best Single Drama and Innovation at the BAFTA Television Awards 2001.
He then wrote and directed When I Was 12 in 2001 for BBC Screen Two, winning the BAFTA Award for Best Single Film. Then came Out of Control in 2002 (BBC One), winning the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival 2002, the Royal Television Society Award, and Broadcast awards for Best Single Film 2003.
LOVE + HATE was Savage’s first feature. Released nationwide in May 2006, the film premièred at the Berlin Film Festival in 2005, winning awards at Giffoni, Palm Springs, Malmo, and Ziln Film Festivals.
Single dramas Born Equal (BBC One) starring Colin Firth, Anne Marie Duff and Robert Carlyle, and Freefall, (BBC Two) starring Dominic Cooper, Anna Maxwell Martin and Aiden Gillan, followed.
In 2010, he wrote a two-part television drama with Simon Stephens that he directed for BBC Two called Dive.
Savage’s latest work for television is a semi-improvised, five-part drama series entitled Love Life, all shot in his hometown of Margate, for BBC One, due to be screened in May this year.