Alan de Pellette is a writer/director from Glasgow who began his career aged 18 as a music writer for Melody Maker and The Sunday Times. He interviewed most bands from the Britpop era and legendary artists like Iggy Pop and Eartha Kitt before moving into radio, where he created the long running BBC football comedy, Off The Ball. He worked in comedy for several years, helping to develop the two most popular TV shows in his native Scotland, Chewin’ The Fat and Still Game.
His first short film, The Aficionado, was part of the UK Film Council funded 8½ film scheme, under the patronage of Peter Mullan. It went on to screen at Encounters, Edinburgh, Hamburg and the Commonwealth festivals, was shortlisted for the prestigious Jim Poole Award and is distributed to this day throughout Europe by Mini Movie Channel. His next short, Eunuch, screened at Cannes, Clermont-Ferrand and Aix-en-Provence, was described by The Express as a “bite sized cutting edge nugget” and was picked up for worldwide distribution by Toronto-based Ouat Media.
In 2009, Alan made a 40’ compendium of interconnected drama and comedic films, Declarations, inspired by themes relating to human rights in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the UN Declarations of Human Rights. It was the culmination of an ambitious year long social-artistic crossover project he devised to work with people in a disadvantaged area of Glasgow, which inspired them to improve their lives by learning to write. The film was premiered in the backyard of the United Nations at the New York International Film Festival, where Alan won Best International Director. Various UN delegates attended the premiere and have since requested DVD’s of the film to show to their colleagues.
Alan has recently completed a micro budget 90’ feature film, Fifty Fifty Ball, which was shot in 14 days and is a modern day morality tale about love and ambition. The film was developed by Moonstone Filmmakers Lab - the only European screen lab with certified affiliation to Robert Redford's Sundance.
Out with his own work, Alan is a prominent elected committee member of BAFTA In Scotland. He was also the leading filmmaking practitioner to spearhead BAFTA's Mentoring programme in Scotland, in which teenagers receive guidance, inspiration and practical opportunities to become involved in creative projects across writing, filmmaking and performance.