Philip Smith


RECENT PROJECTS
- Feature documentary: writer/director (development).
- This is Football (Amazon Prime Video - October Films/Brutal Media).
Two authored films in Sports Emmy nominated (Outstanding Music Direction) documentary event series. The series explores the emotions, stories, passions and triumphs at the heart of the world’s most loved sport and launched on Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. ‘
Pride’ follows Iceland, the smallest country ever to have qualified, to the FIFA World Cup Finals. ‘Chance’ explores the pivotal role luck in football.
- My Beatles Black Album with Charles Hazlewood Sky Arts. A unique take on the solo music of The Beatles. Featured session at the Sheffield Documentary Festival.
- George Michael: Freedom - one of the directors on this feature length film for C4/Sony/Showtime.
- Frankenstein and The Vampyre BBC2 Drama-documentary retelling the events which inspired both Frankenstein and the first modern vampire story. RTS West Award, Best Grading (Blair Wallace).

SCIENCE
- The Incredible Human Journey BBC2 Film in epic series charting the migration routes taken by our ancestors as they left Africa and spread around the globe. Presented by Alice Roberts.
- The Virtual Revolution BBC2 Opening film in digital Emmy and new media BAFTA winning production on the impact of the internet on all our lives. Contributions from key players including Bill Gates, Al Gore and Mark Zuckerberg. Pioneering cross-platform production awarded New Media BAFTA and Digital Emmy for its online/digital presence.
- Superfly BBC2/4 An epic story with a tiny hero: the fruit fly. A century of genetics seen from the perspective of the discipline's favourite experimental animal. Royal Television Society Award, Vega Award: Special Award.
- Building the Future Discovery The latest camera technology and innovative filming techniques capture compelling stories from around the world revealing human efforts to overcome the challenges of climate change.
- Human Mutants C4/Discovery Groundbreaking films revealing how abnormal human development allows us to understand the human body. Presented by Professor Armand Leroi. Broadcast Awards Nomination.

ARTS
- Wentworth Woodhouse: The Country House Revealed BBC2 The tale of family intrigue behind one of the largest houses in Europe still in private hands. Presented by Dan Cruickshank.
- Relics: a documentary about the largest ever retrospective of Damien Hirst's work.
- This is Modern Art C4 Two films in a series tracing links between contemporary artists such as Tracey Emin, the Chapman Brothers, Richard Prince, Sean Landers, Damien Hirst and past masters. BAFTA Award Best Arts Series, RTS Award Best Arts Series, Indie Award Best Arts Series.
- Prison Songs Behind the bars of a high security prison in Granada, Spain: self-shot promo.
- Visions of Space BBC2/4 Definitive profile of architect Mies van der Rohe whose buildings changed the face of America.
- Something of a Different Pace BBC2 Profile of Drum and Bass Pioneers Roni Size and Reprazent. RTS Best Editing (Benjamin Stott).

HISTORY
- Young John Paul II: Witness to Evil BBC1 Dramatised documentary telling the story of the young Karol Wojtyla's survival amidst the brutality of Nazi rule and of his first steps towards the Vatican. John Sackville plays the young John Paul II.
- The Great San Francisco Earthquake C4/NatGeo Drama documentary telling the shocking story of how the city of San Francisco was almost wiped from the map in 1906. A tale of scandal set against the backdrop of one of the worst natural disasters America has experienced.
- Beyond The Fatal Shore BBC2/PBS/ABC Two films in a series revealing Australia's chequered past and complex present. Presented by Robert Hughes. RTS Picture Enhancement (Aidan Farrell), BAFTA Best Photography Nomination (Jeremy Pollard and others).
- Fooling Hitler ITV1 Jason Durr stars in a factual drama telling the story of a team of mavericks brought together to create the greatest deception of WW2.
- Seven Wonders of the Industrial World: The Panama Canal BBC2 Real-life drama exploring the human struggle involved in building the Panama Canal: thousands died and reputations were ruined in the battle to join the oceans. BAFTA and Royal Television Society nominated series.

TRAVELOGUES
- Richard Wilson: More4 A travelogue with a twist: the renowned actor travels the wildest parts of Scotland in the utmost luxury after recovering from a serious heart attack.
- Kimonos for Goalposts ITV1 Frank Skinner travels through Japan and Korea in the build up to the 2002 World Cup Finals.
- Lonely Planet: New Zealand C4.

COMMERCIAL/OTHER PROJECTS
- Talisker Whisky/Diageo series of short films for Talisker 'Made by the Sea' campaign.
- Vodafone #Firsts: Ota's First Rocket Short films in international campaign (AKQA/Firecracker Films).
- Jean Nouvel: National Museum of Qatar Landmark film about an astonishing new building and the Pritzker Prize winning architect Jean Nouvel.
- NMQ Oral History Project Executive Producer.
- Seven Ages of Qatar: Blue chip, high production values documentary telling the ancient history of Qatar through its archaeology. Specialist CGI, drama reconstruction. Commissioned for Qatar's 2010 National Day.

DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER
- Development for major series of history films and large format cinema documentary.
- Ways to Save the Planet Discovery Visual consultant developing style for series.
- Richard Hammond’s Invisible Worlds (BBC1): Visually inventive science series.
- Deep Water Blackout (IWC): A tragic death during a deep water dive in Africa.

OTHER
Drama Directing Short Course, National Film and Television School
Single camera directing, BBC Television
Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism, City University, London. Sponsored by BBC
Self-shooting: Sony FS7, F5 and F55, Canon C300 and C500, Black Magic camera, Canon 5D, super 16mm, GoPro, Bolex, super 8mm,