With UKMVA-nominations and an Emmy under his belt, Director Luke Monaghan is one to watch. A cross-disciplinary filmmaker, Monaghan’s storytelling and cinematic style shine in music videos like Sam Smith’s Academy Award-winning song “Writing’s On The Wall” and poetic farewell anthem “Too Good At Goodbyes,” which have garnered over 2 billion views. We’re thrilled to announce that Luke has officially joined the both RSA Films and the Black Dog Films family in the US!
“It’s exciting to work with a talent like Luke, who can do so much as a director,” comments Julia Ochsenreiter, Executive Producer, Black Dog Films. “He is an inspiring collaborator who is in sync with emerging and established artists, constantly innovating to bring their songs to life in a way that resonates with fans and the cultural zeitgeist. And we are huge fans of his versatility as a storyteller bringing cinematic style to everything he directs.”
“It seemed like the perfect timing to push myself at a big company with a big reputation,” Monaghan comments. “Lots of talented filmmakers and producers and a company looking to the future. They’re looking at younger directors and seeing the potential that’s there and how many filmmakers coming from music videos are making incredible things happen on small budgets, but with a healthy dose of enthusiasm and a desire and skill for telling stories.”
He got his start at MTV London, then hit his stride in 2012 when he directed a documentary for Channel 4 on A$AP Rocky around the artist’s first album Long. Live. A$AP. He went on to direct promos for A$AP Rocky’s “Purple Kisses” and “Angels.” The collaborations showcase the artist’s charisma, talent and topical appeal, and Luke’s innate ability to bring the project to life. Monaghan also directed the video for Disclosure’s dance-pop hit, “White Noise.” The video dropped in 2013 (and now has over 49 million views), was unanimously praised by media tastemakers and prompted the band’s management to introduce Luke to Sam Smith.
Reflecting on his strengths, Luke shares “I’m good with people, so I can bring out the magic … the most natural moments from settings that are packed with clients and monitors and lights. I like to collaborate and go the extra mile.”
Along with the new opportunities at Black Dog, Luke is working closely to direct a documentary music series with Sam Smith executive producing.
To see more of what he’s done, check out his reel!