Mat Whitecross

Mat Whitecross (born 21 September 1977)[1] is an English film director, editor and screenwriter. He is known for directing The Road to Guantánamo, Ian Dury biopic Sex And Drugs and Rock and Roll, and music documentaries Supersonic and A Head Full of Dreams. Mat has also directed music videos for Coldplay, Take That and Rolling Stones.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Mat Whitecross
Born (1977-09-21) 21 September 1977
Oxford, England
  • Director
  • editor
  • screenwriter
Years active2006–present

Life and career

Whitecross was born and raised on Oxford. His parents were political refugees who were imprisoned in Argentina during the country’s Dirty War. He takes a lot of inspiration from the place where he was raised and from his parent's friends, many of whom are South American immigrants who fled tortures and prison.[10] He began his career working for filmmaker Michael Winterbottom and producer Andrew Eaton at Revolution Films as a runner on the film 24 Hour Party People. Within a few months of starting at Revolution Films, they gave him the chance to shooting and editing for them. His directorial debut The Road to Guantanamo started as a conversation with Winterbottom about the Tipton Three whilst on the shoot for the film 9 Songs. They both agreed that the story was fascinating and worth of a film but due to other commitments, Winterbottom was unable to begin research and preparation and suggested that Mat should start the process. Whitecross and Winterbottom would go on to co-direct and co-write the film that featured Riz Ahmed in his debut acting role.[11]


Whitecross’ debut The Road to Guantánamo won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 56th Berlin International Film Festival and Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature.[12][13][14]



Year Film Director Writer Editor Notes
2004 9 Songs No No Yes
2006 The Road to Guantánamo Yes Yes Yes Co-Directed

and Co-Written with Michael Winterbottom. Won the Silver Bear for Best Director and Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Scott Walker: 30 Century Man No No Yes
2009 Moving to Mars Yes Yes No
The Shock Doctrine Yes No Yes
2010 Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Yes No No
2012 Ashes Yes No No
Spike Island Yes No No
2016 Oasis: Supersonic Yes No No
2018 Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams Yes No No


Year Film Director Executive
Writer Notes
2007 Nearly Famous Yes No No Episode 1.4 - Episode 1.3
2008 Spooks: Code 9 Yes No No
2017 Red Nose Day Actually Yes No No Co-Directed with Richard Curtis
2018 Vic and Bob's Big Night Out Yes No No Writers: Bob Mortimer and Vic Reeves

Music Videos

Year Artist Title Notes
1999 Coldplay Bigger Stronger
2008 Violet Hill, Version 2
Lovers in Japan
Lost+ Feat. Jay-Z
2010 Take That The Flood
Coldplay Christmas Lights
2011 Take That Kidz Co-directed with Eran Creevy
Coldplay Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall
The Rolling Stones No Spare Parts
2012 Coldplay Charlie Brown
2014 A Sky Full of Stars, Version 1
2015 Adventure of a Lifetime
2017 Take That Giants
The Chainsmokers and Coldplay Something Just Like This, Tokyo Remix
2019 Coldplay Orphans


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