His début short film, ‘SICK’ (2007), attracted the endorsement of Samaritans; finance from an NHS Charity, Film London, and the UK Film Council through Screen South. The Guardian praised it for breaking the silence on mental health.

The film won a clutch of international awards from festival selections across 25 countries. It has been the subject of Mental Health events from Bosnia to Nova Scotia, used for education across Europe, and released on DVD through the British Film Institute’s Shop, and as part of the Film 4 Forgotten Classics Collection.

Mike brings grass roots appreciation of the production industries to his filmmaking. A post-production runner in London, TV runner on programmes for Channel 4 and the BBC, and UK fixer for the Canadian History Channel, he wrote coverage at Renaissance Films.

In Production, he worked through the Camera and Assistant Director departments, including as 3rd AD to Peter Greenaway on Nightwatching; later nominated for the Golden Lion at Venice.

Mike Rymer (Writer/ Director)

Represented by the British High Commission when receiving Malta’s Golden Knight, Mike has been a panellist and Juror for cinematic events. Moving image tutor at University for the Creative Arts and City Academy, he has an MA in Film, a Diploma in Script Development, a PGC in Creative Arts Education, and is a Senior Fellow of the HEA. He marries teaching with the development of new dramatic and commercial work.

Core Skills


As well as his own slate, Mike consults on development projects by other writers. He is a Script Development Postgraduate of the UK’s National Film & TV School.


For his writing, Mike has won a number of short film awards and endorsements in the US and Europe. Visit the Awards page for more details.


As a Director, Mike has been supported by Film London, the UK Film Council, Skillset, and Screen South. His films have been screened in 25 countries.


Moving Image tutor at University for the Creative Arts and City Academy, Mike has led overseas trips to film festivals, and curated industry engagement.

Mike Rymer (Writer/ Director)