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TOP 25 DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY
These scores are compiled from a combination of our in-house rating system and user ratings. Only UK work from the last two years is considered.
 1. Steve Annis 89.8%  
 2. Ben Fordesman 89.8%  
 3. Patrick Golan 89.5%  
 4. Justin Brown 89.5%  
 5. Alex Barber 89.4%  
 6. Jess Hall 89.4%  
 7. Daniel Landin 89.2%  
 8. Benjamin Todd 88.9%  
 9. Matthew Emvin Taylor 88.7%  
 10. Tom Townend 87.4%  
 11. Luke Jacobs 87.1%  
 12. Joe Douglas 86.3%  
 13. Fabian Wagner 86.1%  
 14. Mauro Chiarello 85.6%  
 15. Patrick Meller 84.6%  
 16. Stephen Keith-Roach 84.2%  
 17. Olan Collardy 84.0%  
 18. Jaime Feliu-Torres 82.9%  
 19. Jim Jolliffe 82.4%  
 20. Spike Morris 82.3%  
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Recent Promos
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Free Nationals, A$AP Rocky, Anderson .Paak
"Gangsta"
4 mins 41s
1 Mar 2024
Believe it or not, it's forty-eight years since Alan Parker's 'Bugsy Malone' graced our cinema screens, but the spirit of his gangster movie can be spotted in the DNA of this marvellous promo for 'Gangsta' - a collaboration between the Free Nationals, A$AP Rocky and Anderson .Paak.

Palace
"Bleach"
4 mins 09s
1 Mar 2024
Not a great deal happens in this Palace promo, to be honest, but at least Cape Town looks the part. Much of this is down to Vlad Barin's grade of Nick Burton Moore's lovely photography, with South Africa's legislative capital (remember that for your next pub quiz) made to look resplendent. It also helps tender moments become even warmer and tactile.

Bat for Lashes
"The Dream of Delphi"
5 mins 25s
1 Mar 2024
Bat for Lashes, aka Natasha Khan, has revealed that her sixth album, 'The Dream of Delphi', is an ode to motherhood. Her daughter, Delphi, was born in 2020 as Covid-19 forced the world to hunker down like never before. That explains why the title track is delicate to a fault, with lyrics like, "Breezes, breezes on your fingers/Touching thin air."

Coeval
"Trauma Bonding"
2 mins 40s
29 Feb 2024
PAL, NTSC, VHS, CRT… if you know what these acronyms stand for, directors Henry Lockyer, Stephen Agnew, and Bene Pooley have got a treat for you. The music video for Coeval's 'Trauma Bonding' is an analogue assault on the senses, with enough grain and distortion to set the digital revolution back decades. Remember: "Be kind, rewind."

Kings of Leon
"Mustang"
3 mins 29s
28 Feb 2024
There's something quite voyeuristic about this promo for 'Mustang' by Kings of Leon, as Brook Linder's camera roves around the city scape, often from on high, and seems to catch all kinds of strange candid happenings. It's watchable from start to finish, and its frenetic energy is a good match for a song that builds towards a big finish.

Jess Glynne
"Enough"
3 mins 13s
28 Feb 2024
"Enough" is what Jet2 passengers say when 'Hold My Hand' by Jess Glynne plays for the umpteenth time. It's also the title of Glynne's new single, as the Londoner aims to recapture her best form. Olivia Rose's promo suggests Glynne has the stamina at least, as she runs through the night to embrace her put-upon self.

Kasabian
"Call"
2 mins 56s
28 Feb 2024
The promo for Kasabian's new single 'Call' revolves around, well, a video call. Not just any video call, mind you—one paired with a 15,001ft skydive. It's a long way for the protagonist to fall (the whole clip is shot from his perspective), but frontman Serge Pizzorno is happy to stay on the line and provide, erm, moral support.

Tenzin
"The Invisible Man"
3 mins 53s
27 Feb 2024
Jack Sheldrake's 'The Invisible Man' tells music producers, loopmakers, and beat merchants: "We see you." The nebulous protagonist represents unseen talent—the music artists who do what they do best off-camera. No one bats an eyelid as they walk the streets of London, but Sheldrake and composer Tenzin are tuned into a very important frequency.

Justice
"One Night/All Night (ft. Tame Impala)"
3 mins 13s
27 Feb 2024
Finland's Anton Tammi, now on the books at Agile Films, directs this tie-up between French electronic music duo Justice and Australian psych-rock act Tame Impala. If you hate to think about how the heart works or what any internal organ does for that matter, the first chunk of this fleshy promo may give you the ick.

Selena Gomez
"Love On"
3 mins 10s
26 Feb 2024
There's a whole lot of kissing going on in this luxurious but light-hearted promo for a new track from actress-cum-singer Selena Gomez. She seems to be living her best life even if she's largely a voyeur when it comes to the love action occurring all around her as various couples enjoy some mouth on mouth action.

Say Lou Lou
"Wong Kar-Wai"
3 mins 18s
26 Feb 2024
Twin sisters Anna Miranda and Elektra June Kilbey-Jansson who perform as Say Lou Lou seem almost inseparable in this promo for 'Wong Kar-Wai'. Director Angelina Bergenwall has amplified their connectedness at every opportunity, and it serves to draw attention to their unified singing. It's watchable enough but, like the song, not something that going to set the world on fire.

Thomas de Pourquery
"The Rhythm Changed"
4 mins 04s
26 Feb 2024
This Thomas de Pourquery promo reminds DAVID of a mission in 'Red Dead Redemption 2' where Arthur Morgan and Lenny Summers get drunk in a saloon. The night is so, erm, fluid that characters who were just about to knock the shit out of each other start line dancing together instead. That was set in 1890s America—'The Rhythm Changed' takes place in modern-day Belgium.

Master Peace
"Start You Up"
3 mins 06s
22 Feb 2024
A Master Peace promo is always good value and the one for 'Start You Up' is no exception. Directed by Freddie Cattaneo, the film harks back to a strange time when people worked, socialised, and exercised at home. That’s right, folks—let's party like it's 2020.

Charlotte Plank
"Rage"
2 mins 55s
21 Feb 2024
If you can't find the rave, then bring it! Director Ben Cole and performer Charlotte Plank were moved by spontaneity when they made this exhilarating and frenetic promo. Plank and her friends are getting ready for a big night out, but they can have no idea where the evening will end, because no one did really. The improvisational nature of the promo generates an energy which makes it exciting to watch. Great fun.

Lucy DK
"Bye to My Last White Boy"
3 mins 26s
21 Feb 2024
The title of this song is by far the most interesting thing about it, as it is otherwise a pretty standard heartbreak track, with a pretty standard performance-based promo to accompany it. It won't pull up any trees but it's all been competently done and both artist and director will doubtless do more noteworthy work than this.

iagö
"Chemical Wedding (ft. Tommy Saint)"
2 mins 59s
21 Feb 2024
It's always captivating when the energy of the promo matches the energy of the music, and director Angelo Dominic Sesto has achieved exactly for iagö's collaboration with Tommy Saint. The music has an intensity that is borderline disturbing, and Sesto uses his camera to depict something akin to mania in the performance, and it's a very effective creative union.

Memorial
"Corduroy"
3 mins 16s
20 Feb 2024
With its distinctive skyline and cultural heritage, it's easy to see why so many directors are drawn to Port Talbot. Jake Dypka is the latest to visit, though he did so before news of proposed job losses rocked the steel town. We imagine Dypka will keep a close eye on developments as the streets he filmed become protest routes.

Dua Lipa
"Training Session"
4 mins 06s
20 Feb 2024
After a brief cameo in whatever the hell 'Argylle' was, it's back to the day job for Dua Lipa. Her new song, 'Training Season', picks up where 'Houdini' left off with a muscular nu-disco beat and a slinky guitar riff that has Kevin Parker’s fingerprints all over it (the man behind Tame Impala is a producer on Lipa’s as-yet unnamed third album).

Vampire Weekend
"Capricorn"
4 mins 16s
19 Feb 2024
The promo for 'Capricorn' by Vampire Weekend takes viewers back to 1980s New York—as captured by renowned photographer Steven Siegel. It's a city desperate to put its most violent years behind it, though you can also tell that all is not lost in the Big Apple. Frontman and hometown boy Ezra Koenig turns forty this year, so that might explain the nostalgia trip.

Girl in Red
"Too Much"
3 mins 40s
15 Feb 2024
Jessica Alexander ('A Banquet', 'The Little Mermaid') stars in a theatrical promo for 'Too Much', an alt-pop banger courtesy of Girl in Red. The Norwegian puts on a hell of a show for Alexander, with a giant inflatable heart with a knife through it as the centrepiece. She also has a blade stuck in her chest for good measure.

Anna Prior
"Tech Nao"
3 mins 59s
12 Feb 2024
Director Tom Furse has imaginatively made use of AI to construct the images in this compelling promo for a track by Anna Prior. It's a brilliant use of the technology, and - knowing that many of the images have been generated rather than captured only serves to make it harder to tear your eyes away. But, well, you know...

Tom Odell
"Loving You Will Be The Death Of Me"
2 mins 12s
9 Feb 2024
As opening lyrics go, "Jesus Christ, look at us in the toilet making love/We should slow down" is a doozy. The rest of 'Loving You Will Be the Death of Me' by Tom Odell is rather milquetoast, but we like what director Lucca Lutzky and choreographer Will Pegna have done with the promo: a partner dance with a welcome touch of humour.

Clark
"Dismissive"
3 mins 21s
8 Feb 2024
Not all lyric videos are made equal. Take this one for Clark, the electronic musician and composer who prefers to be on last name terms, but is happy to let his face be used as a canvas. Sure enough, director Luc Rëso Janin slaps the lyrics to 'Dismissive' on it, as well as glitchy shards of colour and cryptic shafts of light.

Elbow
"Lovers' Leap"
4 mins 35s
8 Feb 2024
Some couples go to Makeout Point, others go to Makeout Creek. Elbow add a new spot to the list, Lovers' Leap, a place where Guy Garvey sings: "Throw my body off the side/There to meet my waiting bride.” After that? "They can name the crater we make after you/And sell little statues of us." He sure knows how to make a girl feel special, eh?

Hannah Grae
"Better Now You're Gone"
3 mins 03s
5 Feb 2024
Director Lola Webster channels '(500) Days of Summer' in the promo for Hannah Grae's 'Better Now You’ve Gone'. The left side of the screen shows what an extroverted Grae expects from her first night out after a break-up, and the right side of the screen covers the more sombre reality. Call it post-split-screen.

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