Malcolm Venville is an acclaimed photographer and highly sought-after director of features, commercials and music videos. Venville’s work reflects his expertise in both performance-driven and visual storytelling, as seen in his collaborations with Apple. Recently, Malcom helmed the cinematic Apple spot featuring deaf travel writer Chérie King using her iPad Air to explore the world, with Malcom tracking her explorations from the remote waterfalls of Iceland to Morocco to Ho Chi Minh. For the campaign’s second spot, Malcom captured conductor/composer Esa-Pekka Salonen using his iPad to create innovative new works and to introduce classical music to a wider audience.Among his other recent commercials are a fresh Bank of America spot to introduce Apple Pay; Apple “Pencil,” in which he casts a pencil in an array of beautifully filmed habitats before revealing the spot’s real star—the new iPad Air; Google “New Baby” out of Mullen, a charming story of a young couple navigating their first pregnancy with help from Google; and Nissan “Dance” via TBWA/Chiat/Day, which casts a Pina Bausch-inspired dancing couple as metaphor to the graceful ride of the new Nissan. Venville has shot campaigns for Nike, Xbox, Benetton, Guinness, Barclays, Lotus, Kodak, Chevrolet, Kia, Intel, Miller Brewing Company, MasterCard and UPS, among many others.
His Volkswagen “Squares” spot garnered the industry’s most coveted awards, including the ANDY Awards’ Grandy; two Gold Pencils at One Show; the AICP Awards for Overall Excellence for a single spot, Original Music, Best Agency Art Direction and Advertising Excellence for a Campaign; a Silver Clio; a Bronze Lion at Cannes and an Emmy nomination. His 2011 P&G “What I See” spot won a Bronze Lion at Cannes.
Venville’s first feature, 44 Inch Chest, starring Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, John Hurt and Tom Wilkinson, was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Seville Film Festival. Keanu Reeves, Vera Farmiga and James Caan star in Henry’s Crime, Venville’s second feature. He’s also directed the short films, Remembering Sister Ruth and Silent Film.
Venville has published provocative works of photography: Lucha Loco – portraits of Mexican wrestlers; The Women of Casa X – documenting disenfranchised former sex workers in Mexico City; and 2003’s Layers, a collection of his career as an art and advertising photographer