James Lucas is an Oscar-winning writer of English and Bajan descent. After graduating from film school at London Metropolitan, being a Writer/Researcher at Talkback Television and an Assistant Editor at Tank Magazine, James began working at Ridley Scott’s RSA Films.
His role expanded quickly, becoming an in-house creative – conceptualizing and developing branded entertainment for the likes of Paul Smith, Triumph and Johnny Walker. He has also executive produced projects for the likes of Jaeger and O2.
Simultaneously, he composed original music for commercials and film; undertaking projects for clients such as NOW TV, Wallpaper Magazine, Orange, BBC and Sega, as well as finding the time to perform in the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony.
In 2013 he wrote and produced a short film called ‘The Phone Call’, with director Mat Kirkby and starring Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent. The film went on to win 16 international film festival awards, including Best Narrative Short at Tribeca Film Festival.
In February 2015, James Lucas won the Oscar for Best Live-Action Short Film for the film.
Since then James has been developing and producing a number of film and television projects:
‘Gazza’ – a feature film biopic of the footballer Paul Gascoigne (of which James holds the exclusive rights). Starchild Pictures
A crime thriller TV Series (based on true life events) about a female serial killer called ‘Chameleon’. Keshet International
A TV serial called ‘Campaign’. Madmen in 1980s Britain; a time when British advertising industry was enjoying its Golden Age. Wild Mercury/Endemol-Shine
A young woman’s difficult coming of age lyrical psycho-drama called ‘English Rhapsody’, set in 1960s Britain and underpinned with an emotive/emblematic musical narrative thread. HWY Films/Red Breast Films
‘Whina’ a New Zealand biopic about the irrepressible and controversial social activist and provocateur Dame Whina Cooper, who fought for Maori rights and led the iconic 1975 Maori Land March. General Film Company
James loves his wife and sons, 20th century American literature, Ferraris, ‘Diva’ & ‘The Deerhunter”, Jazz music, Gauguin and Picpoul de Pinet. He is also gearing up for his directorial debut with a short called ‘Paint The Dragons’ Eyes’.