Director of Photography
As a cinematographer I am most at home in material which explores the human condition and the nuanced and complex world we live in. I like to examine the best way to interpret the essence of a story, with the director as my guide. I consider myself the conduit of his or her vision, it's guardian as well as it's audience.
My goal is to exceed a director's expectation of how ideas can be translated into imagery, and how this can ultimately touch, confront, inspire, thrill, move, and maybe even transform the viewer.
I enjoy my long-term collaborations with experienced storytellers such as Simon Rumley, Ela Thier and Rick Lopez, for the maturity and imagination with which they reflect on the world of their films. But I am also thrilled to embark on new relationships with emerging talents who inspire me and allow me to evolve in this ever-changing world.
I’ve been lucky that my work has taken me to almost every continent, shooting documentaries in places as diverse as Vietnam, Rwanda, Japan and Argentina; features in Great Britain, Sri Lanka, and Suriname; and television in New Zealand, Colombia, and the US.
My work as a cinematographer includes VANAJA, a rural drama set in India for which I received a 2008 Independent Spirit Awards nomination for Best Cinematography and the award for Best Cinematography at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
My most prolific collaboration is with British director Simon Rumley, with whom I made RED WHITE & BLUE; JOHNNY FRANK GARRETT’S LAST WORD; FASHIONISTA; and the upcoming CROWHURST and ONCE UPON A TIME IN LONDON.
My credits also include television assignments such as Amazon Prime’s AMERICAN PLAYBOY: THE HUGH HEFNER STORY, Netflix’s ROMAN EMPIRE - REIGN OF BLOOD, NatGeo’s AMERICAN GENIUS and The History Channel’s KINGPIN.
Suzanne Barnes has over 20 years of experience in both the UK and US film industries. Suzanne developed her taste for features in 1997, whilst assisting OscarTM winning designer Sandy Powell on Todd Haynes' ‘The Velvet Goldmine'. In 2011 Suzanne was approached to design her first US SAG/DGA Film ‘Dark Hearts' in continued collaboration with director Rudolf Buitendach which was nominated as best international feature at Raindance in 2012. Her next feature project ‘Where the Road Runs Out', was shot in Equatorial Guinea, South Africa and Rotterdam and was selected to screen at the San Diego Film Festival 2014 and won Best Feature Award and a Black Reel Award for Outstanding World Cinema Motion Picture 2017. In 2013 she designed ‘In Embryo', shot in Los Angeles, the directional debut by lauded Danish actor Ulrich Thomsen. Other film work includes ‘Apartment 407ʼ formerly known as 'Selling Isobel' about sex trafficking which won Best Indie film at the 2016 Raindance film festival in London and the ECU - European Independent Film Festival award 2017 for Best Film - Non-European. Suzanne co- designed the Thriller ‘Never Hereʼ written and directed by Camille Thoman. Shot in New York in 2014 with a stellar cast including the late Sam Shepard. In 2016 Suzanne had the pleasure designing the costumes for esteemed actress Jennifer Morrison's directorial debut 'Sun Dogs' which won Best Picture Feature and Director at Mammoth Film Festival 2018. Suzanneʼs second collaboration with Ulrich Thomsen titled ‘Gutterbeeʼ is currently in post-production. Filmed in New Mexico with Academy awarded cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle. At the 2019 Sundance Film Festival Suzanne was part of the Grand Jury Prize Dramatic winning film, ‘Clemency.
Giovanni Spinelli lives and works in New York where he composes music for film, television, theater and dance. His soundtracks vary from the lyrical minimalism of “Bis Gleich” (winner of more than thirty awards, including at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and included in the “shortlist” for the 2016 Oscar awards), to the heavy metal score for “Tamburlaine”, to his music for the choreographies of Martha Graham Dance Company, to his score for solo electric guitar performed live for the classic silent film "Sunrise" by F.W. Murnau (defined by the San Francisco Examiner as an "astounding mix of Hendrix, Badalamenti, Vaughn and The Edge"), to his multi-genre filmscores for the feature documentaries “American Cheerleader” and “Pop Star On Ice”.