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Created in Devon and crafted in London, James is an award-winning filmmaker with an indomitable passion for adventure and the natural world.


His career in film kicked off in 2007 when international NGO, Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), sent James to document child labour in India’s cotton fields and then to war-torn West Africa to capture deadly pirate fisherman off the coast of Sierra Leone.


These dangerous documentary expeditions not only gave James invaluable filmmaking experience, they opened his eyes to the power of film and its exciting potential to make a difference.

He went on to direct the acclaimed ‘Eco Crime Investigators’ series for National Geographic, going undercover in China and Tibet to expose the criminal trade in tiger skins and bone, and then taking on the lethal multi-million pound illegal logging industry in Southeast Asia.


Operating undercover was a rush but, for James, the most awe-inspiring part of it all was spending time filming India’s last remaining wild tigers, and then endangered orang-utans in the Indonesian rainforest.


These intense filmmaking adventures opened his eyes to the power of film and its extraordinary potential to change people’s perspectives. 


Since then, James has worked in some of the world’s most extreme environments directing and presenting some of adventure TV’s most groundbreaking and successful shows such as ‘Alaska: Gold Rush’, ‘Free Ride: South America’, 'Primal Survivor: Amazon' and 'Race For The Future'.

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