Frank Eli Martin is a London based director and cinematographer. He is interested in boundaries of genre, formal experimentation and the hallucinogenic and uncanny. His first film, ‘Cold Stack’ (2021), is a magical realist documentation of the decline of the oil rig industry and was nominated in the UK competition at Sheffield Doc Fest 2021. His second short, ‘Five Scenes From the War in Afghanistan as They Appear in East Sussex’ (2021), was nominated for best short at IDFA 2021, and documents a war veteran and gardener's fragmented experience of time. The film also screened at Sheffield Doc Fest 2022. Martin’s graduation film at NFTS, the Paradise Park Will Close on Fridays at Three depicted the absurdity of a theme park built in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, and was nominated for an IDA award in 2023. His next short ‘I Am The Immaculate Conception’, about visionary experiences of the Virgin Mary in rural Ireland, screened at True False, Big Sky Doc Fest, and London Short Film Festival 2024.

He is a graduate of the Directing Documentary course at the National Film and Television School.

Documentary // Commercial

Promisedland™ / The Paradise Park Will Close on Fridays at Three (2023)

Nominated IDA Awards 2023

In an enormous silver dome, on the edge of an Israeli settlement and in the middle of the Palestinian desert, a new and fantastical Israeli theme park has recently emerged.

The film documents both the astonishing absurdity of this strange construction and the perception distorting, even psychotropic, effects it seems to have on its inhabitants. As the film progresses, we encounter a pervasive sense of delusion, and the tragedy behind a gaudy veneer.

Director—Frank Eli Martin
Producer—Tal Elkayam / Frank Eli Martin
Cinematographer—Tom Simington    
Editor—Tommaso Di Paola
Composer—Jean-Marc Eck
Sound Designer—Jean-Marc Eck
Productuion Manager—Sophie Outhwaite / Ciara McKenna
Colourist—Aiden Tobin
Location Sound—Jacopo Scutti