James Swift

Director of Photography

Ten years of camera operating on a diverse range of tv dramas, most recently on the forthcoming major BBC epic ‘SS GB’ means it’s now time for James to step up a level. He’s proved himself on two recent features, ‘Bloodlands’ for which he was awarded the Best Cinematography prize at Screamfest 2014 and the forthcoming ‘Habit’, due to be released Autumn 2016. Well-liked and well-regarded, James is also increasingly busy working in the world of commercials, promos and corporates. He is based in London and available for work worldwide.

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Selected credits

dateproductiondirector / production company
feature films:
2017HABITSimeon Halligan / Not a Number
2014BLOODLANDSSimeon Halligan / Not a Number
2019 THE A WORD Series 3Sasha Ransome / Fifty Fathoms for BBC1
2017-19JAMIE JOHNSON Series 2, 3 & 4Joe Talbot / Short Form Film Company
2017RUSSIA 1917: Countdown To RevolutionRenny Bartlett / BBC
2017BLACK MIRROR Series 4 (2nd Unit)Tim Van Patten / Zeppotron for Netflix
as camera operator:
2016SS-GBPhilipp Kadelbach / BBC Films
2016CRASHINGGeorge Kane / Big Talk Productions
2015CRADLE TO GRAVESandy Johnson / ITV Studios
2015RAISED BY WOLVESIan Fitzgibbon / Big Talk Productions
2015UNCLEOliver Refson / Big Talk Productions
2013BIG SCHOOLTony Dow, Matt Lipsey / BBC Drama Productions
2012YOUNG DRACULASimon Massey / BBC Wales
2012A TOUCH OF CLOTHJim O'Hanlon / Zeppotron
2012LOVE LIFEDominic Leclerc / ITV
2011DCI BANKSPaul Whittington / Left Bank Pictures
2008SUNSHINECraig Cash / BBC
2007THE STREETTerry McDonough / Granada Television
2007NEW STREET LAWDavid Skynner, Emma Bodger / BBC Wales
2015LOST MEMORIESNick Marchand
2013VOICEMALEJulia Ford
20133 MILE RADIUSLab Ky Mo
AO.COMJason Fisher Jones / The Mob
WILLIAM HILLJason Fisher Jones / The Mob
ACORN INSURANCETony Durston / Vertica Films
FARM FOODSTony Durston / Vertica Films
RAMSEY / LFCGaute Hesthagen, Depo Films
AEROFLOTJason Fisher Jones / The Mob
ORAL BHoward Greenhalgh / Genevieve Simmens
corporates & online content:
ASDA 'Babies & Toddlers'Sarah O'Gorman / The Mob, Bark & Bite
WILLIAM HILL / SKY SPORTSLee Roberts / Bark & Bite
ASICSNick Marchand / Maker Projects
ETIHADBen Jones / The Mob
NHS 'North West E Health'Nick Marchand / Maker Projects
SIMPLY BENick Marchand / Maker Projects
WELLACanyon Films
DARE 2 BENick Marchand / Maker Projects
WE BUY ANY CARMaker Projects
SEIMENS 'Near Enough'ATT Films
SEIMENS 'It Could Be You'ATT Films
music promos:
CHASING GRACE 'Free'Ivan Ogilvie / Nice & Polite
THE HEARTBREAKS I didn't think it would hurt to think of you'Ivan Ogilvie
THE MONDAY'S ARMS 'Accelerate'Ivan Ogilvie
NAVIGATOR 'Territory'Ivan Ogilvie