Willy Smax is the working name of William McLellan.


After making experimental films at Hornsey Art School, William directed innovative music videos ranging from Eurythmics and The Traveling Wilburys to Take That & Blur.

Television works include award winning BBC series Billy Connolly’s World Tour of Scotland and the equally acclaimed People Like Us. 


Children’s books include the Big Pig's Hat series and the Benny the Breakdown Truck series for Orion. 



William’s memoir, Wild Ride to Freedom, is available at bookshops and Amazon. 

The story follows William’s life-changing experiences in Franco's notorious Modelo Prison where this 8 minute film was secretly shot with a hidden microphone and camera… 

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Book, Wild Ride To Freedom

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Catalan edition released September 2019

Prison To Rock God - William McLellan
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Podcast of BBC Interview with William

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