Grant Gee is a filmmaker from Brighton, England.
He is currently developing, with Irish Film Board and BFI support, a drama feature, Intermission (with Hot Property Films) about the jazz musician Bill Evans, and a (mostly) non-fiction project, The Gold Machine, with writer Iain Sinclair. He is also in production on a documentary following Gare St Lazare Ireland’s five year mission to adapt Samuel Beckett’s previously unperformed novel How It Is for theatre.
His feature, Innocence of Memories, with original narration by Nobel Laureate, Orhan Pamuk premiered at the 2015 Venice Film Festival and was released in cinemas throughout Europe in 2016. He also worked with Pamuk (providing seven screens of video installation) on the exhibition The Museum of Innocence at Somerset House, London in Feb 2016.
Since 2012, he has collaborated (as Video Director) with theatre director Katie Mitchell on high profile Live Cinema projects at flagship European theatres, operas and museums. Most recently Orlando at Schaubuhne, Berlin and Judith (an adaptation of Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle) for the Stadsopera
In 2012, his film Patience (After Sebald) - about W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn - premiered at the New York Film Festival and had successful theatrical releases through Soda Pictures in the UK and Cinema Guild in the US.
His documentary Joy Division, premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, and won the Grierson award 2008 for Best Cinema Documentary and the Mojo Vision Award 2009, CPH:DOX festival’s (Copenhagen) Sound and Vision award for Best Music Film (2008) and the Audience Awards for Best Film at both Gdansk and ‘In-Edit’ Barcelona (also 2008).
Also in 2007, his film The Western Lands, a portrait of climber/writer Jim Perrin’s climb of The Old Man of Hoy, won best short film at the Banff Film Festival.
In a previous life he directed many many music videos including the iconic clip for Radiohead’s No Surprises as well as the notoriously bad-tempered, 500,000 DVD-selling film Meeting People is Easy about the band.
After a long break, he has recently (2020) returned to music videos, directing Wondrous Love, the lead single of Shirley Collins magnificent new record Heart's Ease. Subsequently, he has directed two performance films for Collins: Heart's Ease in Firle and an edition of NPR's Tiny Desk.