Malcolm Needs

Malcolm Richard Needs (19 December 1957, Edmonton, North London) is an English writer and filmmaker.

Malcolm Needs
Born (1957-12-19) 19 December 1957
Edmonton, London, England
OccupationWriter, film director

He is the owner of TheMovieWorks and is an avid Tottenham Hotspur supporter.

Early life

Malcolm Richard Needs was born on 19 December 1957, the fourth of five children to parents John and Gwen Needs. He attended Fleecefield Primary school in Edmonton and later Chace Boys in Enfield. He became the assistant golf professional at Whitewebbs Golf course, Enfield and later became the teaching professional after qualifying at the Professional Golfers Association school at the National Sports Centre, Lilleshall.



He started writing comedy in the late eighties and soon became a commissioned writer for BBC radio. Writing gags and sketches for The News Huddlines starring Roy Hudd, June Whitfield and Chris Emmet.


His first play Strip Poker, starring Barbara Drennan, Ione Skye and Gary Hailes was performed at the Fox Theatre in North London. The play moved to the Jermyn Street Theatre, Piccadilly. Directed by Needs the cast changed to include Sue Hodge, Carol Harrison, Peter Dean. His second play Pin Money, starred and directed by June Brown. Other plays include On Holiday and Manhattan Weekend.


He is the screenwriter of London Rocks, a heist movie currently in development in Los Angeles with producers Mark Ordesky and Jane Fleming, and co-writer with Rich Nathanson, of SafeWord, a psychological thriller. He also wrote The Last Cemetery in Berlin, a feature film for producer Jonathan Sanger and co-wrote with Peter Howitt, The Persuaders, a feature film based on the 1970s hit TV series that starred Tony Curtis and Roger Moore. He was the Creative Consultant on Dangerous Parking a feature film starring, Peter Howitt, Saffron Burrows, Tom Conti, Alice Evans, Rachael Stirling and Sean Pertwee. As Creative Consultant, he sat in the director's chair for the scenes that included Howitt as an actor. The movie received Best Director at the Tokyo Film Festival. In 2003, he wrote and directed Charlie,[1] a feature film based on real life London criminal Charlie Richardson. Starring Luke Goss, Steven Berkoff, Anita Dobson and Leslie Grantham. The movie received a Variety Critics' Choice award[2] at the Karlovy Vary film festival, the first British Film considered for the award for six years. His first film Shoreditch starred Joely Richardson and Shane Richie. Panned by the critics the movie lasted only two weeks in theatres. But more intriguing were the behind the scenes arguments between Needs and the producers, with Needs refusing to attend the opening night in Leicester square. In 2007 he was listed as one of twenty-two directors "unjustly under the critical and popular radar" by Variety.[3] He is currently represented by Stephen Marks of Evolution Entertainment in LA.

Campaign and others

He created "Wrap up Warm". A campaign DVD for Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills that used previously shot undercover footage highlighting the trade in cat and dog fur around the world. The DVD won an IVCA Clarion Award[4] and was shown to politicians at the European Parliament, Strasbourg and representatives of the Chinese Government. The images were so powerful they helped the campaign convince China to change their trading policies on the use of cat and dog fur. He also directed for McCartney's Adopt-A-Mine campaign. He also created the DVD that accompanied "My Brilliant Feat". A tribute charity single to the late footballer George Best, by Colin Hay, former lead vocalist of the Australian band Men at Work. The song became the Christmas number one in the iTunes albums download chart. He co-directed the viral comedy "Brilliant," for Comedy Ink Productions. He also wrote the question for the English version of the popular board game Apples-to-Apples


  • Variety Critics Choice Award – "Charlie"
  • IVCA Clarion Awards – "Wrap up Warm"


  1. Elley, Derek (23 February 2004). "Variety Reviews - Charlie - Film Reviews". Variety. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012.
  2. Gaydos, Steven (18 March 2004). "Karlovy Vary sets Europe Now sked". Variety. Archived from the original on 5 February 2013.
  3. Gaydos, Steven (22 June 2007). "Choice cuts from 10 years of Karlovy's best - Entertainment News, Central Europe / Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival, Media - Variety". Variety. Archived from the original on 6 December 2007.
  4. "IVCA Clarion Awards Winners 2007". International Visual Communications Association. Archived from the original on 24 September 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2009.

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