Sally El Hosaini is an award-winning feature film writer / director. Her acclaimed debut feature, MY BROTHER THE DEVIL, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and played at over 40 international festivals; winning 12 awards, 17 nominations and an honourable mention. The film won Best European Film at Berlinale, Best Newcomer at the BFI London Film Festival, Best Screenplay at the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Awards and was nominated for Best Debut at the British Independent Film Awards. The film was released theatrically in the UK, US and Canada.
Following this, she was chosen by Danny Boyle to direct the final 3 episodes of BABYLON, the TV series he co-created and produced with Jesse Armstrong (Succession) for Channel 4 / Sundance TV. An alum of the Sundance Institutes Screenwriters and Directors Labs, Sally has been profiled by The Guardian, BBC America, Variety who featured her as one of their “Brits to Watch” and Indiewire who named her one of their “10 Most Exciting Young Female Directors in the World Today”.
Sally's upcoming feature, THE SWIMMERS, will open Toronto International Film Festival. Based on the true life story of Syrian refugees and competitive swimmers Yusra and Sara Mardini it was co-written with Jack Thorne and produced by Working Title Films and Netflix, with Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) as an exec producer. It will be released theatrically and on Netflix in the fall 2022.
Sally is represented in the UK by Sayle Screen and in the United States by CAA and Anonymous Content.