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James Bryce

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James Bryce is a freelance Director based in London. He is a strong visual storyteller and has extensive experience with action and car work; but above all he loves working with writers and actors to bring a story to life with clarity, imagination and emotional power.

James has recently directed a block of the BBC’s flagship drama Holby City and is slated to start on Casualty in May.

James was also the Second Unit Director responsible for the car chase and shoot-out at the end of The Sweeney feature film, starring Ray Winstone.

 “The car chase is epic…the dramatic finale through a caravan park is one of the best I’ve seen.”

 Gordon Smart, The Sun

In the commercials world, James joined Ridley Scott Associates 12 years ago and has worked with clients such as Audi, Ford, Nissan, The Gates Foundation, COI, ITV Creative, Castrol, Mobil1, Mini, Chevrolet and Jaguar.

James has also written and directed high-end drama-documentaries, where he has elicited powerful performances from actors and staged big action sequences, such as gun battles in the Philippine jungle (Kidnapped Abroad – Fatal Mission), car chases and shoot-outs in the Bronx (The Fugitive Chronicles) or intense firefights in Iraq and Afghanistan (No Man Left Behind).

“utterly engrossing…the reconstructions achieved unusually high levels of tension, atmosphere and emotional involvement…incredibly effective television.” 

 Gerard O’Donovan, The Daily Telegraph

“the recreations felt convincing and essential, adding a palpable sense of stress.”

 James Jackson, The Times

James first started making films at college; after a degree in English Literature at Oxford University, James went on to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Film & TV at Bristol University. He then quickly became a freelance music video and commercials editor.

James’s directing break came from the BBC, who employed him on a variety of shows leading up to Top Gear. This despite the fact James knew very little about cars and couldn’t technically drive.

James intermittently worked on Top Gear from Series 2 and is credited on over 70 episodes of the show. As such he has been instrumental in creating the style and success of a TV programme that held the Guinness World Record for the most watched show in the world.

James also has the dubious honour of being the director of the very first and last (Clarkson era) Top Gear Christmas Specials, both of which involved angry locals throwing rocks at him.

Credits

TELEVISION
Date: 2018
Production (role):
CASUALTY
Company:
BBC
Date: 2017
Production (role):
HOLBY CITY
Company:
BBC
Project details:
Episodes Black Dog and Somebody To Love
Date: 2016
Production (role):
NO MAN LEFT BEHIND
Company:
Raw TV/ National Geographic
Project details:
The One That Got Away and The Battle Of Shok Valley

"utterly engrossing...the reconstructions achieved unusually high levels of tension, atmosphere and emotional involvement...incredibly effective television”

The Daily Telegraph

“the recreations felt convincing and essential, adding a palpable sense of stress”

The Times

Date: 2003- 2014
Production (role):
TOP GEAR
Company:
BBC
Project details:
73 episodes, including the first America Special, the Botswana Special and the Patagonia Special.
Date: 2013
Production (role):
PARANORMAL WITNESS
Company:
Raw TV/ Syfy
Project details:
Through The Eyes Of A Killer and A Ghostly Affair

“Easily the most terrifying supernatural series on TV”

Huffington Post

“Good, scary fun”

New York Post

Date: 2010
Production (role):
THE FUGITIVE CHRONICLES
Company:
A&E Television
Project details:
Christopher Dimeo and Larry Davis

“Very good re-enactments … a terrific package, built around some incredibly frustrating and horrific tales”

New York Post

Date: 2008
Production (role):
KIDNAPPED ABROAD
Company:
Raw TV/ National Geographic
Project details:
“This is the last and best edition of what has proved to be a strong series”

The Times

FEATURE FILM
Date: 2012
Production (role):
THE SWEENEY (2nd Unit)
Company:
Vertigo Films/ Entertainment One
Project details:
Starring Ray Winstone.

“The car chase is epic…the dramatic finale through a caravan park is one of the best I’ve seen”

The Sun

“A seriously muscular and stylish bit of cops and robbers action”

Screen Daily

Credits

  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2018
    Production (role): CASUALTY
    Company: BBC
    Project details:
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): HOLBY CITY
    Company: BBC
    Project details: Episodes Black Dog and Somebody To Love
  • Date: 2016
    Production (role): NO MAN LEFT BEHIND
    Company: Raw TV/ National Geographic
    Project details: The One That Got Away and The Battle Of Shok Valley

    "utterly engrossing...the reconstructions achieved unusually high levels of tension, atmosphere and emotional involvement...incredibly effective television”

    The Daily Telegraph

    “the recreations felt convincing and essential, adding a palpable sense of stress”

    The Times

  • Date: 2003- 2014
    Production (role): TOP GEAR
    Company: BBC
    Project details: 73 episodes, including the first America Special, the Botswana Special and the Patagonia Special.
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): PARANORMAL WITNESS
    Company: Raw TV/ Syfy
    Project details: Through The Eyes Of A Killer and A Ghostly Affair

    “Easily the most terrifying supernatural series on TV”

    Huffington Post

    “Good, scary fun”

    New York Post

  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): THE FUGITIVE CHRONICLES
    Company: A&E Television
    Project details: Christopher Dimeo and Larry Davis

    “Very good re-enactments … a terrific package, built around some incredibly frustrating and horrific tales”

    New York Post

  • Date: 2008
    Production (role): KIDNAPPED ABROAD
    Company: Raw TV/ National Geographic
    Project details: “This is the last and best edition of what has proved to be a strong series”

    The Times

  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2012
    Production (role): THE SWEENEY (2nd Unit)
    Company: Vertigo Films/ Entertainment One
    Project details: Starring Ray Winstone.

    “The car chase is epic…the dramatic finale through a caravan park is one of the best I’ve seen”

    The Sun

    “A seriously muscular and stylish bit of cops and robbers action”

    Screen Daily

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