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Bobbitt started his career as a news and documentary cameraman, a role which took him to the most conflicted spots of the globe.
In 2008, Bobbitt worked with artist-turned-director Steve McQueen on British film Hunger, a hard-hitting film about the Northern Irish hunger striker, Bobby Sands. With this film Bobbitt, McQueen, editor Joe Walker and actor Michael Fassbender formed a collaborative award-winning team that have gone on to make a further two films, Shame and 12 Years a Slave. Bobbitt won a BIFA in 2008 for his work on Hunger. He was again nominated in 2011 for Shame, starring Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan alongside Fassbender. In 2012, Bobbitt won the Carlo Di Palma European Cinematographer of the Year Award at the European Film Awards for his work on Shame.
In 2011, Bobbitt worked on the pilot of HBO's acclaimed series Game of Thrones. The following year, Bobbitt completed filming on The Place Beyond the Pines, which stars Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Ray Liotta, a film starring Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton and Jonny Lee Miller called Byzantium, and he concluded five years of working on Michael Winterbottom drama-film Everyday. In early 2013, he completed work on Oldboy, the Spike Lee-directed American remake of the 2003 South Korean film of the same name. The end of 2013 saw the release of 12 Years a Slave, for which he received multiple cinematography award nominations, and which ultimately won the coveted Best Picture Award at the 2014 Oscars.
Over the next few years, he worked on Kill the Messenger with Jeremy Renner, Rock the Kasbah with Bill Murray, Queen of Katwe with David Oyelowo, On Chesil Beach with Saoirce Ronan, Stronger with Jake Gyllenhaal. In 2018, he collaborated with McQueen again on heist movie Widows.
In 2019, he shot Judas and the Black Messiah for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. The film was released on HBO Max in 2021, having been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2021, Bobbitt filmed The Marvels, directed by Nia DiCosta.
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|1994||Watergate||Mick Gold||Mini-Series documentary|
|1998||Ancient Inventions||Daniel Percival|
|2001||The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby||Stephen Whittaker||TV movie|
|Sweet Revenge||David Morrissey|
|2002||Spooks||Rob Bailey||Episodes: "One Last Dance" and "Traitor's Gate"|
|Jeffrey Archer: The Truth||Guy Jenkin||TV movie|
|2003||Second Generation||Jon Sen|
|The Canterbury Tales||Marc Munden
Episodes "The Knight's Tale" and "The Man of Law's Tale"
|2004||The Long Firm||Bille Eltringham||Mini-Series|
|2008||Sense and Sensibility||John Alexander|
|2016||Codes of Conduct||Steve McQueen|
|2000||Maisie's Catch||Dan Weldon|
|Ladies Night||Caroline Hicks|
|2002||Western Deep||Steve McQueen|
|2006||Normal for Norfolk||Gareth Lewis|
|2007||Weddings and Beheadings||Amir Jamal|
|2009||The Death of Pentheus||Philip Haas|
- "Sean Bobbitt". IMDb. Retrieved 4 March 2014.[better source needed]
- "Joe Walker and Sean Bobbitt are awarded for their work on Shame".