HADI EL BAGOURY
With his diverse experience in cinema, TV dramas, in addition to commercials and music video, Director Hadi El Bagoury’s experience was not only about making mere attempts in these fields, but it was about using his experience through alternative creative media.
Aside from his experience as a director, El Bagoury co-established his production house The Producers with Executive Producer Hani Osama in 2000 with an aim to make first-class and strong film and TV productions entering innovative and varied areas, which is exactly what El Bagoury was looking for. Through The Producers, El Bagoury made his 16 mm series A‘ard Khas (2010) that is the first series of its kind in the Arab world.
Hadi made his way to the world of cinema through his film Wahed Sahih, which was screened in 2011. Not only was the film a significantly successful hit in theatres, but it was also the festival opener of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) in 2011 as part of Muhr Arab Feature Competition, and Hadi won the Best Directorial Debut award from the Egyptian National Film Center.
El Bagoury also directed the thriller film Warda (2014) with the contribution of The Producers, which was a box-office hit in Egypt and the Arab world. The film grabbed the media’s attention and audiences on social media for being inspired by true events. Warda is the first Egyptian feature to be shot in Found-footage style.
El Bagoury’s latest film is Hepta: The Last Lecture (2016). The film is based on Mohamed Sadek's best-selling book, which topped the charts in Egypt and throughout the Arab world for several weeks, and sold more than 35 copies. With an enormous cast list, Hepta: The Last Lecture has become the highest-grossing romantic film in the history of Egyptian cinema with revenues that reached more than 27 million EGP since its release in Egyptian theaters. The film received more than 20 awards including; the Best Director award at the Arabian Cinema Awards (ACA), Special Award (Late Director Mohamed Khan) at the Egyptian Film Association Festival, Best Director in 2016 at the Dear Guest Magazine (DG Awards) and the Best Director Award at the Egyptian Catholic Center Cinema Festival.
El Bagoury has directed many successful music videos working with weighty artists in the Arab world including Samira Said, Mohamed Mounir and Amr Diab. As a TV commercial director, he won the Gold Award at the Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity in 2016 for his two TV ads for EDITA’s Molto croissant. Hadi used the magical realism style to introduce these two products, blending the reality of the Egyptian street with fictional characters.
Hadi started his career as an Executive Producer then he shifted to directing towards the late 1990s in the fields of TV commercials and music video clips, through which he worked with the most prominent Arab singers. As a TV commercial director, he directed many ads for several multi-national advertising agencies including BBDO, JWT, FP7, and Leo Burnett. Based in Cairo, Hadi’s shoots are filmed between Dubai, Lebanon, and Morocco.
The diversity of Hadi El Bagoury’s experience was shaped earlier through his family; his father, Gameel El Bagoury, is a renowned Journalist and TV Producer, while his aunt is the late renowned actress Zizi El Badrawy and his brother is the late Director/Scriptwriter Sameh El Bagoury. El Bagoury is currently a new dad in his forties, and he is married to actress, Yasmine Raeis.