Justin Edgar was born in Handsworth, Birmingham in 1971 and graduated from Portsmouth University in 1996 with a First Class degree in Film. In 1998 he directed the award winning short comedy Dirty Phonecalls which led to him becoming the youngest director ever to direct a major UK feature film aged just 26. Large was backed by Film Four and went straight in at number one in the UK video charts. It sold to over twenty countries around the world. Justin writes and directs films and television programmes on a social theme. The award -winning 2005 short Special People was followed by searing gun crime drama The Ends which won Best Short at the 2005 Raindance Film Festival in London and made headlines on BBC news and in newspapers for its visceral depiction of a double shooting on a South London estate. For that film he spent three months on the Heygate Estate at Elephant and Castle working with young offenders. His second feature film Special People premiered at the 2007 Edinburgh International Film Festival in competition for the Michael Powell Award and won best film at the 2008 Britspotting Film Festival in Berlin.