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Photographer, filmmaker and founder of Collabor8te and The Hunger

Synonymous with dynamic and intimate portraiture, the photographer Rankin has shot everyone from royalty to refugees. Turning his lens to the moving image Rankin began co-directing with Chris Cottam on numerous commercials and music videos. In 2006, their debut film, The Lives of Saints, penned by Tony Grisoni, enjoyed success on the festival circuit and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Salento International Film Festival.

In 2011, Rankin set up Rankin Film Productions (RFP), via which he began working as executive producer on a slate of films and also directed the short film ‘Rachael’, written by Irvine Welsh. That year RFP also launched a short filmmaking scheme, Collabor8te, aiming to showcase fresh talent in the film industry. That same year Rankin founded The Hunger, a biannual magazine for uncompromised self-expression, innovation and discovery.

Collabor8te Celebrates

On 12 February we celebrated the premiere of the first year of films from Collabor8te, the scheme I developed through Rankin Film Productions, which hunts out and develops some of the country's best new filmmakers.
06/03/2013 20:33 GMT

Long Live A$AP Rocky

Ever since his mixtapes and homemade music videos started appearing on the internet A$AP Rocky has been a force to be reckoned with in, not just hip hop, but the music scene as a whole. The 24-year-old rapper from Harlem, New York is not your average rapper.
24/01/2013 17:06 GMT

The Importance of Being an Exhibitionist

One of the key points made by each of these emerging talents was the importance of getting out there and creating - just getting stuck in - and not just waiting for things to be handed to you on a plate, that's not how it happens in any industry, let alone the notorious world of film.
15/01/2013 16:38 GMT

Why We All Need to Get Collaborative

Great films start with bright ideas, not thousands of pounds worth of camera equipment. These days, filmmaking is not just within the grasp of the rich and famous, nor is it reserved for film studios, elaborate sets or big budgets.
22/11/2012 17:19 GMT