Sam Taylor-Johnson is an English filmmaker, photographer and visual artist. She directed the Sundance Film Festival-winning short Love You More, written by Patrick Marber and produced by the late Anthony Minghella that earned both BAFTA and Cannes Palme d’Or nominations. Her feature film debut came in 2009 with the critically acclaimed, BAFTA-nominated Nowhere Boy, based on the childhood experiences of John Lennon. 2015 saw the release of her directorial feature, Fifty Shades of Grey, which made $94 million in its opening weekend in the U.S. and went on to make over $550 million worldwide.
Sam’s latest commercial is Givenchy’s “The New Gentleman,” and features actor, dancer and performer Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the new face for the men’s luxury fragrance, Givenchy Gentlemen. She has also directed high-profile commercials for H&M, International Women’s Day, Edwin Jeans and more, as well as music videos for artists including Elton John and REM. Sam directed the first two episodes and was an executive producer on Netflix’s “Gypsy,” a psychological drama starring Naomi Watts. And she is currently in production on A Million Little Pieces, a feature film starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson and based on James Frey’s novel.
A former Turner Prize nominee, her artistic roots run deep. She is a member of the influential Young British Artists group, and among the highlights of her work is the National Portrait Gallery-commissioned video portrait of David Beckham sleeping and her “Crying Men” series featuring Hollywood glitterati Daniel Craig, Robin Williams, Sean Penn and others. Sam recently photographed an editorial campaign for Mandarin Oriental hotels and released a photography book for Chanel called “Second Floor;” the Chanel book captures the private apartment of Mademoiselle Chanel in 34 images. This was accompanied by a solo exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London.