Eleanor celebrates director Chris Chuky’s addition to the UK roster.

Drawn to high drama, emotive performances and elaborate production design, Chuky’s cinematic poetry evokes a romantic, vintage flair, while daring to delve into turbulent storylines.

Winner of the BMW Filmmaking Challenge, in partnership with the BFI and mentored by Michaela Coel, his subversive two-minute short film, Blades, challenges audiences’ preconceptions with a remarkable twist.

While much of Chuky’s portfolio explores theatrical, emotional narratives, his gift for satire shines in Yodel Rap, a Channel 4 X Domino’s mockumentary following the rise of The Yodel Boiz, a fictional drill music group influenced by yodeling.

Chuky most recently worked with Jack Daniel’s and polymath musical artist Wesley Joseph for a campaign developed by creative agency Iris. The first of two 30" films for the global whiskey brand goes live on Tuesday 18th April and explores Joseph's perspective as a musician and what it means to ‘make it count’ in the music industry.

The films were shot on location at Brutalist icons Barbican and Trellick Tower. “Chris and Eleanor were a dream to work with on this JD x Wesley Joseph collab,” says Iris ECD Grant Hunter. “Their agility, craft and collaborative nature were second to none.”

Jack Howard, Executive Producer, says, “Chris is an extraordinary talent who’s eclectic and visceral body of work traverses the short form landscape with the highest degrees of cinematic style. Chris is an auteur who has an exceptional ability to craft stories for brands that feel authentic and original.”

His artistic instincts caught Eleanor President Sophie Gold’s eye, "At Eleanor, our quest is to discover directors who don't just exhibit exceptional taste and creative insight but who also bring a touch of wonder to their work. Chris Chuky's addition to our roster embodies this mission beautifully.”

“I'm in safe hands,” Chris Chuky says of his addition to Eleanor. “Seeing the talent, seeing everyone killing it, seeing how hungry and determined everybody is–that is exciting. I feel like that mindset is with everybody within Eleanor. I'm a go-getter, so I really like people who champion that drive. I feel like I'll be able to spread my wings with Eleanor.”