Phil Dunn

Phil is a director, screenwriter and poet who owns and runs Brixton-based production company, Authentive.

In 2018, Phil wrote and directed a short film “Box Office Smash” which premiered at the Ritzy and went on to win 14 awards at film festivals. Greatly encouraged, he made another short, “About”, co-written with novelist Theodore Brun, set in a taxi driving through the late night streets of Brixton. It has now completed its festival run, also with 14 awards.

Phil has since been approached by Pinewood-based Lift-Off Global Network who loved “About” and offered to take it to the major film markets in 2021, to help it secure funding to become a series or feature. You can support this exciting development by signing up to watch the 6 minute film at

Phil’s poems, like his films, explore inner landscapes using metaphor and symbolism. He has performed poems live in Brixton, and created installations of them for Brixton Design Trail. His poetry film, “The Hero” won Festival Director’s Choice Best Poetry Film recently in the US.

Phil’s next script, “The Stupid Boy”, has just been selected as a top ten Finalist in the International Screenwriters’ Association Shoot Your Short competition.

We all want to make it.
Make it in our chosen career. Maybe make it big.

Sometimes perhaps just make it to pay day.
But whatever our ambition, what unites us all is the desire to thrive, be recognised – and be supported.
And that’s what Lambeth’s Creative Enterprise Zone is all about. Supporting creative people to do amazing creative things without having to leave our amazingly creative corner of south London.
Because we all want to make it – of course – but more than that, we want to Make It in Brixton.