Directing CV


James originally trained at RADA as an actor and developed his passion and inspiration for directing from working with other actor/directors such as Kenneth Branagh (directed James in King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Oscar winning film of Henry V) and Dame Judi Dench (directed him in Much Ado about Nothing).


James is an award winning director (Royal Television Society Awards, British Soap Awards, International Film Festivals) and is a veteran of television drama.

He started directing in 1997 with his low budget, award winning cult short, My Own Private Lido.  His next short Dead on Time  starred Michael Gambon.


James’ first feature, City Slacker, a London based Romantic Comedy starring British Oscar nominated Tom Conti, has been nominated for Best Film at the Raindance Film Festival, and at the BIFAs.


City Slacker. Director. Feature Film (Romantic Comedy). Release. (Raindance and BIFA nominated)
Interior Bedsit Day. Writer & Director. Short film.
Dead on Time. Co-writer & Director. Short film.
My Own Private Lido. Producer, Writer & Director. Short film.

In Development:
Candy Apple Red. Director. Feature Film (Comedy). In Development
Incognito. Writer & Director. Feature Film (Comedy/Thriller). In development
Apartment 44. Writer & Director. Feature Film (Thriller). In development
Hashtag Heaven. Director. Feature Film (Comedy). In Development




Dwight in Shining Armor. Director. BYUtv, USA. 2018/19

Call the Midwife. Director. BBC 1. 2017

Father Brown. Director. BBC 1. 2016

WPC 56. Director. BBC 1. 2015

Private Practice. Director. ABC/USA. 2014

Casualty. Director. BBC 1. 2017
Doctors. Director. BBC 1. 2006-2011 (RTS Award, Soap Award)
Holby City. Director. BBC 1. 2008/15
The Bill. Director. ITV. 2008
Peak Practice. Director. ITV. 2001
All the Way. Devised & Directed. Channel 4. 2000




Rough Justice. Director. Number 1 UK Tour. Starring Tom Conti. 2012/13
Girls with Big Jests. Director. Perrier short listed sketch show, Edinburgh Festival. 2000



TV Commercials / Music Adverts

TOM JONES – Long Lost Suitcase.
DIZZEE RASCAL – THE FIFTH (new album – 2013)
No Smoking for BBH. (Cannes short listed)
Metro Station – Shake It
Jason Donovan – 80s Hits
Lauren Pritchard – Album
Matthew Morrison – Up on the Roof single



WORLDFEST, HOUSTON, Special Jury Remi Award for Independent Comedy Short – Interior Bedsit Day (Written & Directed). 2008
GEM CITY, FLORIDA, Best Short. Interior Bedsit Day (Written & Directed), 2008
RUSHES SOHO SHORTS, Best Short (2nd) – Interior Bedsit Day (Written & Directed), 2008
BRITISH SOAP AWARD Best Single Episode – Doctors. 2007
ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY AWARD – Best Single Drama. Doctors. 2007
RUSHES SOHO SHORTS, Best Short (2nd) – Dead on Time (Co Written & Directed) 1999