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Barry Ackroyd, BSC (born 12 May 1954) is an English cinematographer.[1] Ackroyd has frequently worked with directors Ken Loach and Paul Greengrass. He worked on Kathryn Bigelow's 2008 war film The Hurt Locker as well as the critically acclaimed 2013 biographical thriller Captain Phillips, the former earning him a BAFTA Award and an Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography. In 2014, Ackroyd became the president of the British Society of Cinematographers.

Barry Ackroyd
Born (1954-05-12) 12 May 1954 (age 63)
Oldham, Lancashire, UK
Occupation Cinematographer and President of BSC
Known for The Hurt Locker and Captain Phillips


Life and careerEdit

Ackroyd was born in Oldham, England. He received a BAFTA nomination for Best Cinematography for The Lost Prince. His latest credits are on Ken Loach's award-winning feature, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Paul Greengrass's take on the 9-11 disaster, United 93, and the Kathryn Bigelow-directed Iraq war film, The Hurt Locker.[2]

Teamwork and group effort is the Loach modus operandi. Loach has denied his status as an auteur director. Unlike most directors who routinely overstate the importance of their personal achievements, Loach celebrates the contributions of his crew, such as frequent collaborator, cinematographer Barry Ackroyd.[3]

Film reviewer Jack Matthews of the New York Daily News remarked about the filmmaking behind The Wind That Shakes The Barley: "Beautifully shot, both in darkened homes and on the misty green Irish landscape by Loach's frequent cinematographer Barry Ackroyd, "Wind" has a you-are-there intensity and intimacy about it that make it nearly overwhelming."[4]

In 2016, he reunited with Greengrass for the fourth time for the fourth Jason Bourne movie.


Feature films

Short films

  • The Butterfly Man (1996)
  • Dr. Easy (2013)


Awards and nominationsEdit

  • The Butterfly Man (1996) short film - BAFTA nomination Best Short Film (shared with Robin MacPherson)
  • Sweet Sixteen (2002 film) - Won Golden Camera 300 Award
  • The Lost Prince (2003) (TV) - BAFTA nomination Best Photography & Lighting
  • The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006) - British Independent Film Award nomination - Best Technical Achievement
  • United 93 (2006) - BAFTA nomination - Best Cinematography
  • The Hurt Locker (2009) - Won BAFTA - Best Cinematography
  • The Hurt Locker (2009) - Nomination Academy Award - Best Cinematography
  • Captain Phillips (2013) - BAFTA Nomination - Best Cinematography


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