James Ashcroft 

Film

PROFILE

James Ashcroft 

  • Film

James Ashcroft’s first feature Coming Home in the Dark turned heads in Hollywood, after his thriller received praise at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. The Wellington-raised director won multiple offers from Hollywood, including production company Legendary Entertainment (The Dark Knight). Ashcroft shot Coming Home… at “breakneck speed” in just 20 days. The Toi Whakaari graduate is also an actor; his screen roles include horror flick Fresh Meat (2012), drama Kissy Kissy (2007) and TV series The Insider’s Guide to Love (2006). Ashcroft led Māori theatre company Taki Rua Productions for seven years, and has directed multiple short films.

There’s as much worth and vitality and thrills and scares and comedy in homegrown stories from our backyard as there are in any story. So I’m committed to that. But I’m also looking forward to being in a forest filming Bigfoot. James Ashcroft on juggling Kiwi and international projects, in an interview with Stuff, 27 June 2021

Creative Bay of Plenty presents a special screening of James’ film Coming Home in the Dark at United Cinemas Bayfair on Saturday 14 August, followed by a Q&A session with the Director himself. Book your tickets here.

 

SCREENOGRAPHY

Coming Home in the Dark

2021, Director, Writer, Executive Producer – Film

Calliope Bay

2016, Director, Writer, Producer – Short Film

Marching

2016, Writer, Producer, Co-Director, Director, Writer, Producer – Short Film

Pigs

2016, Director, Writer, Producer – Short Film

Tell Me You Love Me

2016, Director, Writer, Producer – Short Film

The Watercooler

2018, Director – Web

Little Criminals

2015, Producer – Television

Jigsaw (short film)

2015, Director, Writer, Producer – Short Film

Let Down Your Hair

2015, Director, Writer, Producer – Short Film

The Mavens

2015, Director, Writer, Producer – Short Film

The Usher

2015, Director, Writer, Producer – Short Film

Nancy Wake: The White Mouse

2014, As: Antoine – Television

Fresh Meat

2012, As: Inspector Jimmy Katene – Film

Appetite

2010, As: Reuben – Short Film

Kissy Kissy

2007, As: Mark – Film

Black Sheep

2007, As: Prebble – Film

Fish Out of Water (short film)

2005, As: Yuppie – Short Film

Murmurs

2004, As: Dave – Film

Dead End

2003, Shane – Short Film

Mirror, Mirror

1995, As: Tama Williams – Television

Mirror Mirror – First Episode

1995, As: Tama Williams – Television

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