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The Top 10 Directors of Photography

British DPs have been behind the camera on countless recent films, from Avengers: Age of Ultron to Fifty Shades of Grey. Tim Dams rounds up the top ten UK film cinematographers

One of the key reasons behind the film production boom is the depth of behind the scenes talent the UK can offer to Hollywood and British indie films alike. Underpinning this is a wide pool of talented, internationally recognised directors of photography.

Televisual has compiled a list of the top 10 cinematographers working in film. It is put together with the help of working DPs, grading artists and film industry executives, and is based largely on the body of work they have amassed in recent years.

One stand-out name to make the list is Roger Deakins, who has an incredible 11 Oscar nominations, including one this year for Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. A frequent Coen Brothers collaborator,  Deakins’ credits span Skyfall to The Shawshank Redemption.  Offering advice to DPs, he had this to say last year: “It is more important to experience the world, really. You can’t learn cinematography and you can’t copy it. The job is just your way of looking at the world. Maybe that sounds a 
bit pretentious, but I think life experience is always more important than technical knowledge.”

Also on the list is Seamus McGarvey, one of Northern Ireland’s most successful film exports and behind the camera on films such as Atonement, Anna Karenina and Fifty Shades of Grey.

Oscar nominee Barry Ackroyd, meanwhile, stands out for his work on The Hurt Locker, Captain Phillips and United 93. A collaborator with directors such as Paul Greengrass and Ken Loach, he’s shooting The Big Short, starring Brad Pitt and Christian Bale.

Les Miserables and The King’s Speech DP Danny Cohen also makes the list this year. He’s been very busy recently, working on a number of highly anticipated films, including The Room, Icon, London Road and The Danish Girl.

Then there is Ben Davis, noted for a string of high profile films including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Tamara Drewe.

Regular Danny Boyle collaborator Anthony Dod Mantle (he won an Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire) has a number of films set to be released including John le Carre adaptation Our Kind of Traitor and In the Heart of the Sea.
Rob Hardy’s recent work on Ex Machina and Testament of Youth has caught the eye, and follows on from his beautiful work on The Invisible Woman.
And Ridley Scott collaborator John Mathieson has also been busy, notching up credits for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and 47 Ronin. He’s currently shooting Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur.

The top ten is rounded out by Mike Leigh’s regular DP Dick Pope, who shot Mr Turner and was behind the lens on Kray twins biopic Legend, and Robbie Ryan, whose recent credits include the beautifully shot Slow West, Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall and Stephen Frears’ Philomena.

A swathe of other impressive names were also put forward for the list including Tat Radcliffe (Pride, ’71); Oliver Stapleton (The Best of Me, Guilt Trip); Gavin Finney (Wolf Hall); Giles Nuttgens (The D Train); Ed Wild (Autobahn, Welcome to the Punch); Andrew Dunn (The Lady in the Van); Ben Smithard (Belle, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel); Christopher Ross (Dad’s Army, Fortitude); Sean Bobbitt (12 Years a Slave); Haris Zambarloukos (Cinderella, Locke); and Lol Crawley (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)

Top 10 British DPs

Barry Ackroyd
The Big Short, The Last Face, Captain Phillips, Coriolanus, The Hurt Locker, Green Zone, United 93, The Wind That Shakes The Barley

Danny Cohen

The Danish Girl, London Road, Room, Les Miserables, Johnny English Reborn, The King’s Speech, Poppy Shakespeare

Ben Davis
Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Before I Go To Sleep, Kick-Ass

Roger Deakins
Hail, Caesar!, Unbroken, Skyfall, True Grit, No Country for Old Men, Revolutionary Road

Anthony Dod Mantle
Our Kind Of Traitor, In The Heart Of The Sea, Rush, Dredd

Rob Hardy
Ex Machina, Testament of Youth, The Invisible Woman, Shadow Dancer, Stolen, Red Riding

John Mathieson
Pan, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., 47 Ronin, X Men: First Class, Brighton Rock, Kingdom of Heaven, Gladiator

Seamus McGarvey
Pan, Fifty Shades of Grey, Anna Karenina, The Avengers, Nowhere Boy, Atonement, Enigma

Dick Pope
Legend, Mr. Turner, Cuban Fury, Another Year, The Illusionist, Happy Go Lucky, Vera Drake

Robbie Ryan
I Am Not A Serial Killer, Slow West, Jimmy’s Hall, Catch Me Daddy, Philomena

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