Elliott Hasler

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Born (2000-07-29) July 29, 2000 (age 21)
Brighton, East Sussex,
  • film director
  • screenwriter

Elliott Simon Hasler (born 29 July 2000) is an English film director and screenwriter. Hasler began his career with his debut feature WWII: The Long Road Home. His second feature, Vindication Swim, centres around the story of Mercedes Gleitze and her attempt to become the first British woman to swim the English Channel.[1][2]


Having never received any formal teaching in relation to filmmaking, Hasler began his career aged fourteen with the production of WWII: The Long Road Home.[3] The film took three years to make and centred upon the story of Hasler's great-grandfather who was an escaped Prisoner of war|prisoner-of-war in Italy during the World War II|Second World War. Completed in 2017 when Hasler was sixteen years old, the film made him the youngest feature film director in the UK.[4] The film was released to critical acclaim, praised by critics for the scope and scale of the project in relation to Hasler's age, with critic Graham Fuller citing Hasler as "maybe the next Spielberg".[5][6]

Following WWII: The Long Road Home, Hasler made a series of short films, including To Hunt a Tiger, which premiered on Soneva Jani's over-water cinema in the Maldives.[6]

In 2019, production began on Vindication Swim, Hasler's second feature centring on the story of swimmer Mercedes Gleitze.[1][7]

Personal Life

Hasler was born in Brighton, East Sussex, England. He is of Italian descent on his father's side and is currently studying history at Exeter University.[8]


Year Film Director Writer Notes
2019 WWII: The Long Road Home Yes Yes Also actor
2019 To Hunt a Tiger Yes Yes Short film
2019 Nootau Yes Yes Short film
TBC Vindication Swim (in-production) Yes Yes


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Filmmaker asks public to help him tell the story of forgotten historical figure". The Argus. Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  2. Ramos, Dino-Ray; Ramos, Dino-Ray (2020-11-02). "Victoria Summer Dives Into Indie Biopic 'Vindication Swim' From Director Elliott Hasler". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-11-05.
  3. Hasler, Elliott (2020-10-05). "Becoming a Self Taught Filmmaker at Age Sixteen". Raindance. Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  4. Hasler, Elliott (2019-08-01). "What it's Like to be the UK's Youngest Film Director". Raindance. Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  5. Fuller, Graham. "A 17-Year-Old Brit Might Be the Next Steven Spielberg". Culture Trip. Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Choi, Lee Hill (28 June 2019). "Why 'the next Spielberg' – the UK's youngest film director, Elliott Hasler – is screening his films at Soneva Jani in the Maldives". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  7. Walker, Tim (2020-10-08). "MANDRAKE: Former Today editor takes on Andrew Neil". The New European. Retrieved 2020-11-28.
  8. "University of Exeter". www.exeter.ac.uk. Retrieved 2020-11-05.

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