Born in London, UK in 1960, Isaac Julien studied painting and fine art at St Martin’s School of Art and, in 1983, founded the Sankofa Film and Video Collective. His debut film, Looking for Langston, premiered in the 1989 Panorama and won a TEDDY AWARD. Young Soul Rebels won the Semaine de la Critique prize at Cannes in 1991. In 2008 he received a Special TEDDY for Derek, about Derek Jarman, which he made with Tilda Swinton. His films and installations have appeared in many world-renowned museums including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, MoMA in New York and the Tate Modern in London. He has worked for several years as a professor at universities including the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design and the University of the Arts London.