James is a director and screenwriter from Hereford, England. His first short film, ‘Two Dancers’, which starred Carl Barat of The Libertines, closed the East End Film Festival in 2013 and earned him a place on the Directing Fiction MA at the UK’s National Film & Television School the following year. While at the NFTS James wrote and directed the short films Barry Glitter, The Car Washer and festival favourite Ferris & The Fancy Pigeon, which was shortlisted for Odeon's 'Best Short of the Year' and won the Royal Television Society award for ‘Best Drama’ in 2017.
James’s debut feature film Jellyfish, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in April 2018 and had its International premiere shortly after at Edinburgh International Film Festival, where it won the ‘Michael Powell Award’ for ‘Best Performance in a British Feature Film’. In September 2018 Jellyfish won the Grand Jury, Critic, Screenplay and inaugural Performance ‘Hitchcock’ awards at Dinard Film Festival. In October 2018 Jellyfish won ‘Best Film’ at the 16th edition of Alice Nella Cittá (Rome Film Festival). In December 2018 Jellyfish won the ‘Golden Goats’ Grand Jury award for Best Film, as well as the ‘Marcin’ Youth Jury award for Best Film.
James likes skateboarding, currently lives in London and is in development of his next film project.