am a member of the British Society of Cinematographers. I grew up
in the UK, Holland and Sweden, and then studied Drama at Bristol University.
I speak Dutch and French (with many errors) but reasonably fluently
and have worked in both languages.
I believe at the core of good cinematography is being emotionally
relevant and subtly underscoring. Increasingly TV is as brave
and exciting arena as film. Often my role is in part, to keep a consistency
across the project.
Period drama has dominated much of my cinematography and I am always
interested by history and how you make it applicable to a modern audience
and strike a visual style that informs the present. I think, some
of my best work has been when there is a political relevance to underscore.
I like operating (when I can) as it brings me closer to the director
and their choices, and viscerally close to the actors.
I am as comfortable shooting a $100 million period drama (Carnival
Row) as the lower budget handheld “Fleabag”. I continue
to shoot documentaries when I can, as they inform all my drama work.
The director and content are the key.
Bafta, Emmy, RTS, BSC. I have shot eight feature films, many mini-series
and TV movies. These include the Emmy awarded and BAFTA Best Photography
nominated “Small Island”, “The Passion” for
HBO and “Zen”. “Quirke”, won Best Cinematography
at the BSC awards in 2014. More recently I shot “Fleabag”
series 1 and 2 (RTS, BAFTA nominated, etc) and “Carnival Row”
for Amazon Studios/Legendary Entertainment.
I have worked on nearly 100 documentaries, these include “Mustang
the Hidden Kingdom”, “In the Company of Whales”,
“Spirits of the Rainforest” and “Marathon Monks”.
Recently I shot “Suzanna a Life in Music” and “Dawn
of Man” which was Emmy nominated in 2016.
I have worked on a Tibetan charity project in Mustang, Nepal for the
past twenty years and currently support charity Reprieve (who aid
those suffering human rights abuses), by helping to make films for
I hold a current 0-1 US Visa, and British and New Zealand passports.
Unbelievably for a DP, I am still married (at the moment)!