James Erskine

Documentary and fiction director

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Biography

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? and the feature documentary One Night in Turin, which was released nationwide in the run up to the World Cup 2010.

James' latest film Battle of the Sexes 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. It will be released in the US for PBS American Masters.

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Film
Director and Producer
New Black Films for Kaleidoscope Entertainment
Producer James Erskine
Director James Erskine
Starring Billie Jean King, Bobby Riggs, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams & Caroline Wozniacki

Documentary about the 1973 match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs

Closing the Deal Short
2004
Cottonopolis Films/Foray Films Ltd for Dogwoof Digital
Producer James Erskine
Director James Erskine
Starring Phillip Brook, Angela Buttolph, George Calil, Ben Illis & Nicholas Jones

 
Director
Shooting for Socrates Feature
2013
New Black Films
In development
Director James Erskine
Writer Marie Jones

The story of Northern Ireland's match against Brazil in the 1986 World Cup

Writer and Director
No Way Out Feature
2013
Darlow Smithson
In development
Director James Erskine
Writer James Erskine

 
The Accidental Death of a Cyclist Feature
2013
Goldcrest Films for Film 4
In development
Producer Victoria Gregory
Director James Erskine
Writer James Erskine

Feature documentary about Marco Pantani, the flamboyant Italian cyclist

The White Room Feature
2013
New Black Films
In development
Producer Victoria Gregory
Director James Erskine
Writer James Erskine
Starring Adjoa Andoh, Óscar Jaenada, Melia Kreiling, Bill Paterson & Velibor Topic

Indie thriller

New Black Films for Kaleidoscope Distribution
Producer Victoria Gregory
Director James Erskine
Writer James Erskine
Starring Tom Hardy

Feature documentary.  Ian Botham drags the English cricket team back from its lowest ebb in the Summer of 1981

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One Night in Turin Feature
2010
New Black Films for Kaleidoscope Film
Producer Victoria Gregory
Director James Erskine
Writer James Erskine

Feature documentary telling the story of the England football team's campagin at Italia 90

The Invitation Short
2001
Cork Films for Canal + /Short Film Bureau
Producer Emily Corcoran
Director James Erskine
Writer James Erskine
Starring Jamie Jarvis, Carl McCrystal, Sally Phillips & Francis Ruffelle

 
Writer, Director and Producer
EMR Feature
2005
Cottonopolis Films for Dogwoof Digital
Producer James Erskine
Director James Erskine
Writer James Erskine
Starring Gill Bellows, Whitney Cummings, Guy Henry , Tom Hardy & Adam Leese

 
Skint Short
2000

 
Producer James Erskine
Director James Erskine
Writer James Erskine

 
Television
Director and Producer
Cutting Edge: Step Kids in Love 1 x 60'
2005
RDF for Channel 4
Producer James Erskine
Director James Erskine

 
The Human Face: Episode One 1 x 60'
2001
BBC for BBC/Discovery
Producer James Erskine
Director James Erskine
Writer John Cleese
Starring John Cleese & Elizabeth Hurley

Series examining the science behind facial beauty, expression and fame

Director
I Shouldn't Be Alive: Series 5 1 x 60'
2011
Darlow Smithson for Animal Planet
Director James Erskine
Writer Jamie Crawford
Starring Eric Meyers, Aleni Tufuga & Patricia Vichmann

Drama documentary about people who escape life-threatening situations

My Kid Survived 2 x 60'
2010
Darlow Smithson for TLC
Director James Erskine

Documentary about children who survived life-threatening situations

Blink for BBC4
Producer Jago Lee
Director James Erskine

Documentary about the apocalyptic demise of the honey bee

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Waterloo Road: Multiple Episodes 4 x 60'
2008
Shed Productions for BBC1
Producer Sharon Hughff
Director James Erskine
Starring Neil Morrissey

 
Robin Hood: Multiple Episodes 2 x 60'
2007
Tiger Aspect for BBC1
Producer Foz Allen
Director James Erskine
Starring Keith Allen, Joe Armstrong, Jonas Armstrong, Richard Armitage & Gordon Kennedy

Swashbuckling drama

Rock Rivals: Multiple Episodes 2 x 60'
2007
Shed Productions for ITV1
Creator Maureen Chadwick
Producer Emma Turner
Director James Erskine
Starring James Anderson, Michelle Collins & Sean Gallagher

 
Tiger Aspect for Discovery
Producer Johann Insanally
Director James Erskine

Drama documentary reconstructing the world's largest ever bank heist

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Torchwood: Series 1, Episode 9 1 x 50'
2006
BBC Wales for BBC1
Director James Erskine
Starring John Barrowman, Burn Gorman, Gareth David-Lloyd, Naoko Mori & Eve Myles

 
Holby City: Multiple Episodes 5 x 60'
2002 to 2006
BBC for BBC1
Director James Erskine
Starring Sharon Maughan, Art Malik & Hugh Quashie

 
Art That Shook The World: The Bhagavad Gita 1 x 50'
2002
BBC2
Producer Andrea Miller
Director James Erskine

 
Eastenders: Multiple Episodes 4 x 30'
2002
BBC Productions for BBC1
Director James Erskine
Starring Martin Kemp

 
Writer and Director
No Way Out 1 x 90'
2012
Darlow Smithson for Animal Planet
In development
Director James Erskine
Writer James Erskine

 
Oil Storm 1 x 120'
2004
Wall to Wall Productions for FX
Producer Alex Graham & Caroline Levy
Director James Erskine
Writer James Erskine
Starring Melody Chase, Mark Krasnoff, Lance E Nichols, Liev Schrieber & Roland Uribe

Drama that reveals what it might be like if oil ran out in the USA