Ed Perkins is an Oscar nominated documentary filmmaker whose films have won numerous international awards. He has worked exclusively at Lightbox for the past five years where he has made many of his films.
Ed has directed films for Netflix, the BBC, The Guardian, National Geographic and Channel 4 and was named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit in 2015. After graduating from the University of North Carolina in 2009, Ed directed the behind-the-scenes documentaries for PROJECT NIM, THE EAGLE, the BAFTA winning THE IMPOSTER, and the Academy Award winning SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN. In 2015 Ed made his first feature documentary GARNET’S GOLD, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2014, won a Grierson Award for Best Newcomer, won Best International Documentary awards at Docville and Jozi Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at both Tribeca and the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Ed then went on to make BARE KNUCKLE FIGHT CLUB for Channel 4 and FX Studios, of which The Times said "You will not have seen a better documentary this year”. He has also made a number of short films including IF I DIE ON MARS which won Vimeo "Short of the Week" and "Staff Pick" accolades and has had more than 1,000,000 views over multiple platforms.
In 2018 Ed directed BLACK SHEEP, a documentary short for The Guardian, which won 13 international awards and was nominated for BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT at the 91st Academy Awards. In 2019, Ed made TELL ME WHO I AM, a Netflix Original feature documentary which premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and was nominated for a British Independent Film Award. And in 2022 he directed THE PRINCESS (HBO, SKY & Altitude Film Entertainment), a feature documentary about Princess Diana told exclusively through archive material that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was described as "extraordinary" by Rolling Stone magazine.