Ben Lankester

Ben is a London-based director and photographer who has travelled worldwide working within music, film and commercials, specialising in drama and location-focused storytelling.

Ben founded The Progress Film Company in 2010 with partner Matt Hopkins. Progress is a contemporary film studio making commercials, digital content, branded entertainment, animation and feature-length cinema under one roof.

Ben has worked on award-winning campaigns for brands as diverse as Hyundai, KitchenAid, Converse and Microsoft, while his work with luxury products and cars includes stunning ads for TAG Heuer X Aston Martin, and Land Rover, the latter through the brand’s iconic Hibernot campaign. More recently, Ben’s film for Network Rail proved a moving depiction of the dangers faced by young people trespassing on the railway.

In music, Ben has directed promos for unique British artists including Suede and I Like Trains, as well as international acts such as Lang Lang. His music reel includes More of the Same Tomorrow, a music video / short film hybrid shot in Warsaw, which explores man’s relationship with time, progress and destiny.

Ben is currently developing his second feature following 2016’s A Divorce Before Marriage.