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Chanya Button (United Kingdom)

Chanya Button is a widely celebrated director & writer, whose work spans film, television and theatre. Her recent work has included directing the epic, action packed World War II drama World on Fire for the BBC & Mammoth Screen. World on Fire is also due to air in the US on PBS, in April 2020. Her second feature film Vita & Virginia, was released in 2018 to critical acclaim. It charts Virginia Woolf’s tempestuous affair with socialite Vita Sackville-West and stars Elizabeth Debicki, Gemma Arterton and Isabella Rossellini. The film received its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018, was the Opening Night Gala Film for BFI Flare in 2019, and was nominated at the BIFA Awards in 2019. Chanya’s brilliantly funny debut comedy feature Burn Burn Burn was also nominated for the Discovery Award at the BIFA Awards, for an outstanding debut feature, in 2016. Burn Burn Burn received its World Premiere at the BFI London Film Festival and after worldwide theatrical distribution, it was acquired by Netflix. In April 2016 Chanya also won the BFI LOCO Film Festival’s Discover Award for Burn Burn Burn, as an outstanding debut feature. Chanya is also an alumni of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme, holds an MA from RADA in Theatre Directing, and studied English Literature at Oxford University.


  • World on Fire
  • Vita & Virginia
  • Burn Burn Burn
  • Alpha: Omega
  • Fire
  • Frog/Robot
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