Writer and director for film

Phil produced and directed his first films in Scotland, completing an honours degree in languages and literature at the University of Edinburgh. He was described as 'a director to watch' by the Hollywood Reporter and Screen Daily.

For the last 15 years he has worked as a writer, director and cinematographer of award winning broadcast and indie feature documentaries.  His films have premiered at Sundance, Berlin and Toronto.  He has been awarded the British Grierson Award for international feature documentary and a Rory Peck Award for his work covering​conflict in Sudan.  Phil’s latest features have been THE BENGALI DETECTIVE for E1 and HBO which premiered at Sundance and is optioned for a remake by FOX SEARCHLIGHT,  LOVE HOTEL for NETFLIX and BBC which premiered in Toronto,  BETTY – THEY SAY I’M DIFFERENT for ARTE and BBC which premiered at IDFA and the forthcoming Mexican animated feature THE CLEANER set for a 2020 theatrical release. His is currently developing the fiction feature THE OTHER SIDE OF HERE from his own script,  produced by Hilary Bevan Jones.



Writer & Director 

Endor Productions
Drama In Development


Writer & Director 

An observational and animated documentary about a forensic cleaner in Mexico City.

FRANCE 2 / Theatrical

Documentary about Betty Davis


Director & Cinematographer 

While reporting on the conflict in Darfur, Phil Cox and Daoud Hari are kidnapped by a local militia. Despite being imprisoned, the two men manage to surreptitiously film their capture.

VICE & Channel 4


Drama based on the documentary The Bengali Detective

Endor Productions
In development


Love Hotel
Producer Giovanna Stopponi

Documentary about daily life in Japanese 'Love Hotels' shown as part of the Storyville strand on BBC4

BBC, Netflix
Native Voice Films

Director & Producer 

The Bengali Detective
Nominated: Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize World Cinema - Documentary
Feature length documentary following a chubby dance-obsessed private detective in Kolkata
E1 Entertainment
Native Voice Films / HBO

A documentary following a mother and son travelling from London to Iraq to search for their family. 

Channel 4

Feature length documentary following Argentina's last surviving Guarani Indians

Native Voice Films / Channel 4