In 1996, straight out of secondary school, Laurence Thrush founded Growth Films, a film production company based in London. He then began to write, produce, direct and edit documentaries. In 2000 Laurence produced and directed his first documentary film, “FIDEL’S FIGHT”, based on cock fighting in Cuba. The film screened in competition at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, the Doubletake Documentary Film Festival, the Fribourg International Film Festival and won BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the New York Independent Film Festival in 2001.
His visual style is simple and elegant. He finds everyday moments, but captures them poetically. His casting is completely unique. Preferring to work with non-actors, whether in documentary or narrative based mediums, he uncovers authentic human moments and interactions. Things seem familiar and cinematic all at once.
Following a series of television commercials that he directed in 2003, Laurence was short-listed for the Best Young Director Award at the Clio Advertising Awards and the Cannes Lions International Festival. In 2004, he was recognized again at the Young Guns Advertising Awards and at First Boards.
Laurence then shot cinema spots for two London based tailors, Timothy Everest and Mark Powell. Mark Powell was reviewed under their “Best
Work” feature by both SHOOT and Creativity magazines. Timothy Everest was selected as the first prizewinner in the “Best New Director/Broadcast” category of the 2004 London International Advertising Awards.
In this same year, he directed projects for the ONDCP and a branded content campaign for ESPN in conjunction with Miller, that was sited in
Creativity as one of the top broadcast campaigns of 2004 and was recognized internationally, including at the Clios, the New York Art Director’s
Festival and won a Bronze in Cannes. Since, Laurence has shot work for clients such as HP, Amstel Light, Adobe, McDonalds, Honda and Mastercard.
2008 saw the completion of “Left Handed”, Laurence’s first feature film as writer/director. The film was awarded BEST FEATURE at the Milan Film Festival, The Rhode Island Film Festival, L’Aquila Film Festival and The Japan Film Festival, won the JR JURY AWARD at the Lyon Asian Film Festival and screened in competition at The Rotterdam International Film Festival, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, The Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal, and The Fukuoka Film Festival, where it has received enthusiastic reviews. “PURSUIT OF LONELINESS”, was Laurence’s second film as a writer/director. The film made its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2012.