Piers Haggard

Having started in the theatre, Piers’ first job in film was with Michelangelo Antonioni on Blow-Up (1966). His own first feature came in 1972, The Blood On Satan's Claw, a cult classic recently released on DVD. The 70's also saw his best known TV work, the Dennis Potter series Pennies from Heaven which won a BAFTA award.

Piers’ other features include The Quatermass Conclusion, Peter Sellars’ last film The Fiendish Plot of Dr Fu Manchu, Venom and A Summer Story (1988). This led to TV films in the US and Canada with Liza Minelli and Donald Sutherland. Conquest (1997) won ‘Best Canadian Feature’ at the Atlantic Film Festival. In development is an ecological thriller.

Piers has spent virtually his whole career campaigning for directors’ rights. He was the Founder and first Chairman of both the Directors Guild of Great Britain (DGGB), and the Directors’ and Producers’ Rights Society (DPRS). He was active in the creation of Directors UK and is a member of the current Board.

He has been involved in European directors’ rights through FERA on and off since the early 1980’s. From 2010-2013 he was Chairman of FERA, working particularly on improving directors’ contracts across Europe, which remain an obsession. He is currently in the process of starting up a theatre directors association, Screen Directors UK.