Paul Cox has been a freelance lighting cameraman and director/producer for over 25 years. Having completed an honours degree in music, he served his film-making apprenticeship at Thames Television, where he worked across a wide spectrum of programmes from drama to current affairs and acted as both camera assistant and cameraman to many well known directors and producers, including Jonathan Lewis, Michael Winterbottom, Stephen Frears, Alan Parker and Richard Attenborough.
Since starting his freelance career in 1991, Paul Cox has worked on a wide range of documentaries from Jonathan Lewis's 4 part series about modern China to Frank Simmonds' Organ Farm - an award-winning 3 part investigation into the secret, billion-dollar world of xenotransplantation made for PBS and ITV.
He has photographed Arts documentaries (Renaissance Secrets, Hidden Treasure Houses), factual reality shows (US Wife Swap, Secret Millionaire) and presenter/celebrity led shows (Ramsey’s Best Restaurant, River Cottage, Gareth Malone's Choir, Monty Don's Mastercrafts, What Not to Wear, How to Look Good Naked, Wish You Were Here?). Over the years he has shot current affairs programmes (Panorama, Dispatches, This Week) with many producer/directors including Stephen Scott and Howard Bradburn.
He also has extensive experience of fly-on-the-wall style documentaries that includes the BBC's Bafta award winning series on the National Trust, How the Other Half Learns and When Michael Portillo became a Single Mum - a one hour documentary made by the BBC that featured the former Conservative Party Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Portillo, taking over as the 'single mum' of family of four in a run-down district of Liverpool. He also worked with Jane Treays on the 3 part observational documentary series Claridges.
He has filmed and directed a number of short films including four shorts for Jazz Alive featuring Soweto Kinch and Orphy Robinson (a co-production with Big Heart Media) and Concrete Liaisons – a documentary record of an Art installation for the artist, Jane Boyd. He has recently finished producing and directing a film about the artist and sculptor, Steve Dilworth. He regularly films and edits shows and promos for Hackney Empire and other theatre and dance companies. Films and clips can be seen on my vimeo channel:
Over the years Paul Cox has done corporate work for Yellowtail Financial Planning, Christies, Ernst & Young, Vodaphone, Sun Alliance, Greenhall, AMEC, the Met Office, Seagrams, Bombay Sapphire, Unilever and British Airways.
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