BIO

An instinctive producer-director, and creative writer, with many years' professional experience in editing, asset production, and media distribution, Rich Lawden began his career in graphic design and video editing, before making the leap into Independent film production.

His 2012 directorial debut,
also co-produced with Lesley Manning, and later released on DVD, now sold out, was the well-received retrospective documentary, Ghostwatch: Behind the Curtains chronicling the production and release of the BBC's “legendary” 'Hallowe’en Hoax', Ghostwatch. In 2013, the doc was added to the National Archive for posterity, and is currently available to view in BFI Mediatheques, nationwide. In 2016, the film was made available to download on BBC Store.

To mark the 21st Anniversary of the programme's original broadcast, Rich authored a book on the making of Behind the Curtains, and his experiences with Ghostwatch, featuring a Foreword by acclaimed writer and author, Stephen Volk. Later, he designed and edited a full transcript, in response to requests sent in from fans and followers of the project. In 2014, he directed the short follow-up, Behind the Table, shot on location at London Film and Comic Con. In 2017, to simultaneously honour both the show's 25th Anniversary and the project's 10th, he edited, researched, and designed a third publication, announced during a two-day anniversary celebration held in Manchester and London.


An early example of live 'Tweet-casting', the National Séance event, spearheaded by Rich, which has taken place annually from 2010-onwards, regularly trends on the National Leader Boards, with the most wide-reaching event in 2012 ranking as high as 4th Place, with over 190,000 users reached within twenty-four hours.

Rich has also made special guest appearances at other live events, including Horror in the East, Miniclick Duke of York's, London Film and Comic Con [Earl's Court], Gorilla [Manchester], Genesis Cinema, Birmingham Horror Con, and Sci-Fi Scarborough, and has been interviewed by Following The Nerd, Den of Geek, and Supernerds UK.


Additional Roles and Skills:

  • Has served as a Correspondent, Critic, Video Editor, Graphic Designer, Concept Artist, DVD Cover Designer, Theatrical Poster Designer, Book Layout Artist, Photographer, Web Designer, Researcher, Runner, Lighting Assistant, Focus Puller, Script Supervisor & Continuity, Storyboard Artist, Prop Builder, Grip, Catering Assistant, Supporting Artist, Voice Artiste, and Museum Guide.

  • Fifteen years' experience in retouching and colourising both old and new prints. Well-versed in the fields of contemporary video editing, graphic design, and 2D compositing.

  • Written articles and photography have been published by a number of professional websites and publications, including reddwarf.co.uk, SFX, and Fangoria.

  • Designed and collaborated on several original artworks, prints and signage for the official Red Dwarf fan conference. In 2014, headed a ground-up redesign of the official magazine, Back to Reality, and for the show's eleventh series, collaborated on several featured animation sequences, including the iconic Starbug cockpit.

  • Video editing training included VHS-C edit decks, and high-end PCs. Unique and versatile style has been adapted to suit many professional software packages, including among others, Paint Shop Pro (Jasc), Pinnacle Studio Ultimate 11 (Avid Technology), Adobe Premiere (Adobe Systems), Ulead Video Studio (Corel), Scribus (The Scribus Team), Final Cut Pro X (Apple).