Daniel Johnson Films

I love films, but in a very specific way. Growing up, the directors I were passionate about were also writers. The likes of Charlie Chaplin, Billy Wilder, Woody Allen, Nora Ephron and Cameron Crowe. What makes their films stand out for me is that they're personal. In this day and age, it's harder and harder for filmmakers to have a personal voice. That's why I love independent film. The likes of the Jay & Mark Duplass, Lena Dunham and Richard Linklater have set the road map for low-budget filmmakers.

While some might rally against the gatekeepers of the industry, or feel they are being kept out - I feel a freedom. A freedom to be creative on any given day. That is the ethos of how I work and everything I do. Let's make stuff. What else is there to do?

East Street Mary and Dave

Episode one of my new comedy web-series 'East Street Mary and Dave' - the story of two Bruce Springsteen fanatics and the effect his music has on their complex relationship.

Bose Headphones Advert

I penned this advert for Bose Headphones. It's beautifully directed by Davide Gentile.

In Memory of Andy Evans

In Memory of Andy Evans

He gave me my dream job. I got to work in a video store! And we didn’t quite realise at the time, that forces were working against us. The internet was changing how we watch films — DVDs were being posted through doors and somewhere far away Netflix streaming was being invented. The video rental […]
The Last Thing an Actor Needs Is to Work on Their Branding

The Last Thing an Actor Needs Is to Work on Their Branding

You don’t need to brand yourself. Or rebrand yourself, or whatever other nonsense you may have been sold in a workshop or wherever you picked it up. Acting is about being authentic. If you’re ‘branding’ yourself, you’re adding an unnecessary layer. You’re redirecting attention away from what is real about you. In London, alone – […]
Delia Ephron - Screenwriter & Novelist

Delia Ephron - Screenwriter & Novelist

Daniel has a lovely touch with comedy as a filmmaker.
Ela Thier - Writer / Director

Ela Thier - Writer / Director

What I like about your films is the lack of pretentiousness and the fact that they’re really, truly you. And in my mind: that’s high art.

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