James
Erskine

Documentary and fiction director

James Erskine is an award-winning writer, director and producer.

As well as directing on a number of well-known UK drama series such as Torchwood and Robin Hood he has a highly successful track record in factual programmes, directing and producing award winning documentaries including his Emmy nominated The Human Face, the acclaimed Who Killed the Honey Bee? One Night in Turin and Battle of the Sexes which tells the story of the most watched tennis match ever between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. A hugely important moment for women's tennis and the women's equality movement in general. 

Alongside his documentary work, James wrote and directed Shooting for Socrates following the Northern Irish football team at the 1986 World Cup and the London set thriller Healer, which premiered at Raindance Film Festival 2015.

James is currently working on a feature documentary on the cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar and a 3D documentary about the 24 hour Le Mans race.  


CV

Film

Director 

Producer Ravi Bhagchandka & Bhasi Shrikant

A tale of a small boy with dreams and his journey to becoming the God of Cricket and the most celebrated sportsperson in his country.

Carnival Motion Pictures

Writer & Director 

Producer Barry Clark-Ewers

Documentary on the famed jazz singer, Billie Holiday.

Greenwich Entertainment
Altitude Film Entertainment
Producer Joel Devlin and Andrew Riach
Starring
  • Adjoa Andoh
  • Óscar Jaenada
  • Melia Kreiling
  • Kae Alexander
  • London set thriller following a Colombian migrant who is tortured with dark visions of the future. 
    New Black Films
    Producer James Erskine and Victoria Gregory
    Director James Erskine
    Writer James Erskine and Marie Jones
    Starring
  • Nico Mirallegro
  • Conleth Hill
  • John Hannah
  • Richard Dormer
  • The story of Northern Ireland's match against Brazil in the 1986 World Cup
    New Black Films
    In development
    Producer Victoria Gregory
    Feature documentary about Marco Pantani, the flamboyant Italian cyclist
    Film 4
    Goldcrest Films
    In development
    Producer Victoria Gregory
    Starring
  • Tom Hardy
  • Feature documentary.  Ian Botham drags the English cricket team back from its lowest ebb in the Summer of 1981
    Kaleidoscope Distribution
    New Black Films
    Producer Victoria Gregory
    Feature documentary telling the story of the England football team's campagin at Italia 90
    Kaleidoscope Film
    New Black Films
    Producer Emily Corcoran
    Starring
  • Jamie Jarvis
  • Carl McCrystal
  • Sally Phillips
  • Francis Ruffelle
  • Canal + /Short Film Bureau
    Cork Films

    Director & Producer 

    Starring
  • Billie Jean King
  • Bobby Riggs
  • Maria Sharapova
  • Serena Williams
  • Documentary about the 1973 match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs
    Kaleidoscope Entertainment
    New Black Films
    Starring
  • Phillip Brook
  • George Calil
  • Ben Illis
  • Dogwoof Digital
    Cottonopolis Films/Foray Films Ltd

    Writer & Director & Producer 

    The story of John Curry, who transformed ice skating from a dated sport into an exalted form and became the first openly gay Olympian at a time when homosexuality wasn't fully legal.

    Uplink
    New Black Films
    EMR
    Raindance: Winner, Best UK Feature Film
    Starring
  • Gill Bellows
  • Whitney Cummings
  • Guy Henry
  • Tom Hardy
  • Dogwoof Digital
    Cottonopolis Films

    Television

    Director 

    Producer Victoria Gregory
    Director James Erskine

    Docuseries following the 24-hour Le Mans race.

    New Black Films for Amazon Prime
    Writer Jamie Crawford
    Starring
  • Eric Meyers
  • Aleni Tufuga
  • Patricia Vichmann
  • Drama documentary about people who escape life-threatening situations
    Darlow Smithson for Animal Planet
    Documentary about children who survived life-threatening situations
    Darlow Smithson for TLC
    Starring
  • Martin Kemp
  • BBC Productions for BBC1
    Producer Andrea Miller
    BBC2
    Starring
  • Sharon Maughan
  • Art Malik
  • Hugh Quashie
  • BBC for BBC1
    Producer Johann Insanally
    Drama documentary reconstructing the world's largest ever bank heist
    Tiger Aspect for Discovery
    Starring
  • John Barrowman
  • Burn Gorman
  • Gareth David-Lloyd
  • Naoko Mori
  • BBC Wales for BBC1
    Producer Foz Allen
    Starring
  • Keith Allen
  • Joe Armstrong
  • Jonas Armstrong
  • Richard Armitage
  • Swashbuckling drama
    Tiger Aspect for BBC1
    Creator Maureen Chadwick
    Producer Emma Turner
    Starring
  • Michelle Collins
  • Sean Gallagher
  • Shed Productions for ITV1
    Producer Sharon Hughff
    Starring
  • Neil Morrissey
  • Shed Productions for BBC1
    Producer Jago Lee
    Documentary about the apocalyptic demise of the honey bee
    Blink for BBC4

    Writer & Director 

    No Way Out
    1 x 90'
    Darlow Smithson for Animal Planet
    In development
    Oil Storm
    Winner of a Golden Eagle by the Cine Organisation, Washington, DC.
    1 x 120'
    Producer Alex Graham & Caroline Levy
    Starring
  • Melody Chase
  • Mark Krasnoff
  • Lance E Nichols
  • Liev Schrieber
  • Drama that reveals what it might be like if oil ran out in the USA
    Wall to Wall Productions for FX

    Director & Producer 

    The Human Face: Episode One
    Emmy nominated: Outstanding Fiction Special
    1 x 60'
    Writer John Cleese
    Starring
  • John Cleese
  • Elizabeth Hurley
  • Series examining the science behind facial beauty, expression and fame
    BBC for BBC, Discovery
    RDF for Channel 4