• London based Director of Photography Chris Openshaw has been involved in documentary and drama for 25 years. His wealth of experience draws on his creative abilities in lighting, composition and technical knowledge to deliver exciting and original images. His CV reflects the vast array of projects he has been involved with. He has travelled to many countries and his proven creativity and reliability in all extremes and environments has led to international recognition and many awards.


Recent & forthcoming credits

Nutopia Prods / One Giant Rock (In production) – 10 part series


New Black Films / ‘Maiden – Tracy Edwards’ – Feature Doc.

Producer: Alex Holmes


200NotOutFilms / ‘Sachin -A Billion Dreams’ 

Feature film directed by James Erskine

Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gTeE6pa4Kg


New Black Films / Le Mans – Director: James Erskine


Blast Films / To the Ends of the Earth – 3 x part series for Ch4

Director Eoin O’Shea


Nutopia / Finding Jesus – Drama doc series for CNN

Director Dan Clifton


New Black Films / The Sport of Kings – Feature documentary about Polo (TX tbc)


BBC / Celts x 4 part series – Alice Roberts & Neil Oliver series (TX tbc)


Ch4 / Great Canal Journeys – (Sweden) Prunella Scales & Tim West series (Tx tbc)


BBC / Mike Birkhead Associates / Big Birds – David Attenborough Links for series (TX tbc)


BBC/ Blast Films / The Making of Kipling – Pakistan & India following Patrick Hennessey (TX tbc)


DISNEY / Brian Leith Productions ‘Wild China’ – Feature 


IWC / ITV Africa by Rail  x 5 part series(In production) Griff Rhys Jones presenting (TX tbc)


Coasthouse Prods Sony / Wallpaper Magazine -4K promos x 3 (TX May 2014)


Dufour Films The Masterful Hermit- Cinema short (In production 2014)


Discovery International Wild Horizons / Silverback Films Castaways (TX 2014)


BBC TV Comedy Drama ‘Cricklewood Greats’ written and directed by Peter Capaldi


Oxford Scientific Films ‘3D Panda’ IMAX


BBC TV ‘Music and Monarchy’ 4 part series with David Starkey


Dufour Films ‘There She Goes’ Short film starring Colin Salmon and Stephen Wight. ( Accepted for London Short Festival)


National Geographic  ‘Bones of the Buddha’ documentary


BBC TV Science ‘Boldly Go’ 2 part series with Kevin Fong


BBC TV ‘The King and the Playwright’. 3 part series with Jim Shapiro




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Bafta nomination for Best comedy drama 2012 ‘Cricklewood Greats’


Emmy Nominee Cinematography ‘Egypt Revealed’. Discovery Productions


Emmy Award Winner ‘Lighting’ (Factual category) ‘Secret life of Cats’. National Geographic TV. 1999.


Guild of Cinematographers ‘Award of excellence for Photography’ ‘Geldof in Africa’


Emmy award winner ‘Best documentary’ ‘Bernini’ Power of Art 2007


BAFTA winner ‘Educational Drama’ ‘Offside’ 2002


Emmy nomination ‘Additional Cinematography’ ‘Congo’ 2002


BAFTA programme nomination ‘Elizabeth’ 2001


BAFTA programme nomination ‘Six Wives of Henry 8th’


Flaherty Award ‘Best Documentary’ ‘Tongue-tied’ BBC TV 1998


BAFTA nomination ‘Best Factual documentary’ ‘Hotel Adelphi’.1997