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British Independent Film Festival Cardiff International Film Festival United States Film Festival LA Edge Film Awards LA Edge Film Awards LA Theatrical Release Competition & Awards Antakya International Film Festival 2019 Hollywood New Directors


Steve as a Director


Steve's first film as a director was the award winning ‘The Students of Springfield Street’, which follows twenty-four hours in the lives of six friends, examining the intricate weave of words, actions and emotions that unknowingly link and change the direction of their lives and how difficult it can be when debt, sickness, lies, drugs, pregnancy, unrequited love and assault weave their way into their ordinary lives.

The film was crowdfunded for only £4,500 and shot using two RED EPIC 5K cameras in and around Glasgow, Scotland in just 23 days.

The film went on to debut at the 2015 Hoosierdance Film Festival, USA and won the Best Feature Film award at the 2015 Aberdeen Film Festival.

Steve’s second feature film ‘Convergence’ was self funded for only £3,000. Filmed over 30 days in February and April 2018, 'Convergence' stars Jeremy Theobald (Tenet, Batman Begins, Following) and Nicolette McKeown (Lost at Christmas, Skinjacker). Supporting cast include Lee Fanning, Alfie Wellcoat, Anna Ryan Kennedy, Jemima Spence and Marcus MacLeod.

'Convergence' debuted at Cineworld, Leicester Square, in May 2019, as part of the 2019 British Independent Film Festival where it won BEST FEATURE FILM, whilst also nominated for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Cinematography. Since then, 'Convergence' has played at numerous film festivals around the world picking up over 20 awards and nominations. This concluded in October 2019 at the Cardiff International Film Festival where 'Convergence' won BEST FEATURE FILM.

'Convergence' had a limited seven-day theatrical release at Cineworld in Glasgow in November 2019 and was release on Amazon Prime in May 2020.

On 14th May 2021, it was confirmed that Steve had been attached to direct the feature film 'Freight', produced by production company Stronghold with BAFTA winning actor, Stuart Brennan attached to act in the film. (Press Release)

Reviews


UK Film Review
"For a film dealing with numerous angsty themes, Johnson does supremely well to explore them in a manner that feels controlled and minimalist. For those viewers who have fully immersed themselves into the narrative and Johnson's fluid storytelling, there is a bold, robust, and powerful ending to be experienced."
Chris Olson, December 2018
IndyRed
"As a lower budgeted indie film, "Convergence" sure doesn't look the part. A nicely shot and put together production is always welcome. Once you add in some excellent writing and stellar acting however, you're in a completely different ball game. My point is that "Convergence" doesn't look or feel indie at all. That tried and true perception of knowing an indie film when you see one is rendered obsolete."
IndyRed, Decemeber 2018
Film Threat
"Johnson balances the magical realism at play with the grounded drama the leads are going through with confidence, so neither overpowers the other. Steve Johnson has crafted an impressive, hypnotic film that is equal parts drama and mystery, with fantastic acting."
Bobby LePire, December 2018
ScreenCritix
"For his second film writer-director Steve Johnson has managed to create a huge tapestry of intertwined themes in the 90 minutes of ‘Convergence'. With him both writing and directing this feature, Steve Johnson shows himself to be a very capable and genuine director."
Cark Burguss, December 2018

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