Akwasi Poku

Akwasi Poku is a Writer and Director based in South London, having directed commercials for the likes of FIFA, Apple and Netflix.  A former creative at W&K London and MAL, Akwasi’s experience combines a deep understanding of commercial advertising and branded content, with his storytelling ability to capture contemporary stories that entertain, engage and reflect culture.

His first short film, ‘LOCK OFF’, supported by WE ARE PARABLE, had its theatrical release across 70 Odeon Cinemas in July 2021 garnering a number of international film festival selections including Aesthetica Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival, Soul Fest & BBC Comedy Festival.

Akwasi’s recent short film, ‘The Therapist’ was launched earlier this year at London’s Curzon Hoxton with Minute Shorts and stars actors Ash Barba (Top Boy) Brett Curtis (The Nevers) and Priscilla Fagbemi (Champion), examines mental health of young black men in the safety of a local barber store. The film is also featured on We Present.

With additional experience working on a number of narrative projects including The Kitchen (Netflix, Film 4, DMC Film) as a 2nd Unit Director, Black Ops (BBC Studio’s Comedy) as a 2nd Unit Director and was Charlie Brooker’s Directors Mentee on Season 6 of Black Mirror (Netflix, Broke And Bones) (Episode: Joan Is Awful) with Salma Hayak.

From working as an agency creative, to directing commercials, music videos, content, tv and short films, Akwasi brings his authentic perspective to all the work he creates.

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