Years Experience: 8
James followed a Masters degree in Philosophy at Edinburgh with a successful period as a theatre director. He has also directed documentaires in such far-flung locales as Madagascar and Zanzibar. James worked for 3 years at Jeremy Thomas’ Recorded Picture Company where he became an integral part of their development team working with many writers and directors including Milos Forman, Terry Gilliam and Bernard Bertolucci. He since worked for a year in aquisitions for New Line Cinema – the people behind ‘The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy’, representing the company at many European festivals including Cannes, Munich, Locarno and San Sebastian.
James has worked extensively in the theatre from a young age, performing in over 20 plays in London and Edinburgh including ‘Waiting for Godot’ by Samuel Beckett, ‘After Magritte’ by Tom Stoppard and ‘The Life of Galileo’ by Bertold Brecht. He directed two modern American productions, to much acclaim, in Edinburgh; ‘American Buffalo’ by David Mamet and ‘Hurlyburly’ by David Rabe.
James’ period directing documentaries included two on the stage of coral reefs in Zanzibar and Madagascar. The later expedition winning the most prestigious diving award in Europe, which was presented at Buckingham Palace. He has since directed a piece on the bizarre life if Joseph Cornell in New York City.
James is now working as a film director in London. He recently completed a 35mm TV-special entitled ‘Clive Hole’ from the short story by Alexei Sayle starring David Schneider, Karl Theobald, Susan Vidler and Julia Deakin.
He is signed to 3 forthcoming projects. ‘Boxing Day’ the true story of the longest hostage situation in British history, ‘The Lost and the Found’ a mesmerising rags to riches tale of a small time con-man who creates a religious movement that takes America by storm, and ‘Eden’ an action-thriller set in the near future on a space station where scientists believe they may have found the secret to eternal life.
Other pending projects include a play – ‘Taste’ from the screenplay by Benjamin Brand. This is a harrowing but darkly comic tale of the notorious German Cannibal and the most talked about dinner date of the modern era.
And finally another feature – ‘4am’ by Chritopher Dirickx, the twisty and horrific tale of a nightmarish home invasion somewhere in North London.
Spoken Languages: English