James Watkins

Writer-Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Natasha Galloway
Assistant: Talia Tobias

Film, TV & Theatre

James made his directing debut with the critically acclaimed thriller EDEN LAKE. Declared 'the best British horror film in years' The Guardian, it won the Empire Award for Best Horror, the Jury Prize at Sitges Fantasy Film Festival and Best Director at Fantasporto.

Before he moved into directing, James had a first-look writing deal with Working Title Films. Under this deal, he wrote several scripts including acclaimed horror-thriller MY LITTLE EYE. Other writing credits include GONE and THE DESCENT 2. James has also written scripts for Film4 and BBC Films, and in 2012 directed the international success THE WOMAN IN BLACK, a chilling Victorian ghost story starring Daniel Radcliffe.   

He is currently developing projects with Warner Bros (producer David Heyman), with producer Will Clarke and also with Pathe (producer Christian Colson).

James is represented by Phil D'Amecourt WME in the US.

Film

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THE TAKE

2016

Studio Canal

Prods: Bard Doros, Fabrice Gianfermi, Steve Golin, David Kanter, Philippe Rousselet
Starring Idris Elba, Richard Madden

THE WOMAN IN BLACK

2012

Hammer Films

Writer: Jane Goldman. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Shaun Dooley and Ciaran Hinds.

THE DESCENT 2

2009

Celador Films

Writer

EDEN LAKE

2008

Celador Films

Writer/Director

GONE

2007

Working Title Films

Co-writer, from his original screenplay Directed by Ringan Ledwidge

MY LITTLE EYE

2002

Working Title Films

Writer. Directed by Marc Evans

Television

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BLACK MIRROR (Shut Up and Dance)

2016

Netflix / Black Mirror Drama Ltd

Director. Starring Alex Lawther, Jerome Flynn.

MCMAFIA

2018

Cuba Pictures / BBC

Co-creator/Director. Starring James Norton.