Caradog James (Director)

Caradog started work as a stills photographer before becoming a writer and director. He has been commissioned to write screenplays for Skydance, SyFy, UCP Universal, Dan Films, ITV and received development funding from the UKFC/BFI, The Film Agency of Wales and MEDIA.

His screenplays include an adaptation of Douglas Coupland’s best‐selling novel MISS WYOMING and a re‐write of THIS BEAUTIFUL FANTASTIC which made the 2009 Brit List.  His horror script for Dan Films (Creep, Severance) HARRY’S BLONDE was selected for the 2013 Brit List and selected for Montreal’s exclusive 2013 Frontières International Co‐Production Market.

Caradog’s first feature film as a director was LITTLE WHITE LIES. It won Best Actor and Best Actress at the BAFTA Cymru awards and was nominated in four other categories including Best Picture and Best Director.

Caradog was also nominated for the Douglas Hickox Best New Director Award at the B.I.F.As, and the film was selected for competition at the Moscow International Film Festival. It has won numerous awards at European film festivals and was listed in Variety’s top 10 British Films of that year.

His second feature film THE MACHINE was selected from over 6000 films to premiere at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. It has since played in festivals all over the world including Sitges, Fantasia Montreal, Lund, Toronto After Dark and Raindance. It was number 2 on the UK iTunes Chart and number 5 on the US iTunes Chart.

THE MACHINE has won 3 BAFTA Cymru awards including Best Film and has won the prestigious Best UK Feature Film award at the Raindance International Film Festival. It has won ‘Best Sci‐Fi’ and ‘Best Actress’ in the Toronto After Dark Film Festival and it has also been nominated for 2 British Independent Film Awards, winning the BIFA for the exceptional achievement of filmmakers working against the odds.

He is currently writing and directing a feature film for Skydance (Mission Impossible, Star Trek); writing and producing a TV pilot of The Machine for SyFy and UCP Universal; he is attached to direct a project for Warner Brothers,  and has just completed his latest feature film as director ‘DON’T KNOCK TWICE’ a horror film starring Katee Sackhoff (Oculus, Riddick), Nick Moran (Lock Stock) and Lucy Boynton (Sing Street).


Reviews for THE MACHINE:

‘Perfect, heartbreaking … The best film of Tribeca 2013’
– Sound on Sight

‘An impressively slick and intense British Sci-Fi film … Strong and charismatic lead performances … Mesmerizing … Sleek … Sexy.’
– Screen Daily

‘What Caradog achieves is nothing short of incredible … Visually remarkable from start to finish … Caity Lotz’s range from tenderness to terrifying is terrific….’
– Twitch Film

The Machine also made Variety’s exclusive list of top films for
sale at Cannes 2013.


Reviews for LITTLE WHITE LIES:

‘The Royal Family meets Nil By Mouth … One of the best British films I’ve seen in years … Brilliant acting, very dark yet extremely funny!’
– The Independent

‘A passionate and emotional film … A modern Greek tragedy.’
– Western Mail

‘A dark and very funny comedy!’
– The People

‘Horribly funny!’
– Monkey Magazine

‘It ranks right up there alongside ‘Fish Tank’ as one of the most important pieces of Independent film making of recent years.’
– Battery in Your Leg


Reviews for PLASTIC WOLVES:

‘Plastic Wolves is a first film by Caradog James. This is a welsh Glengarry Glen Ross, stunningly acted by an amateur cast. The main action takes place in a call centre, where employees who miss their sales targets are subjected to escalating degrees of humiliation. These range from having a balloon tied around their neck for every hour of failure to being forced to come to work in a dress. Language is brutal, foul and bigoted. Yet it was not the product of the director’s mind; Caradog wrote the script by scribbling the conversations he overheard while working at a call centre. The sweaty atmosphere reeks of fear for the job and loathing for the customers. You believe every word of it. It was well made, it was narrative and it was riveting.’
– The Guardian

‘A fantastic achievement!’
– Tom Bussmann

‘A brilliantly observed film and a nasty piece of work.’
– Jeremy Howe (Executive Producer Short Films BBC)

Contact Caradog: caradog@redandblackfilms.com