Philip Smith


Philip Smith is an award-winning director, writer and producer with wide-ranging experience from documentary films to factual drama, commercial projects and 3D. He is skilled at crafting strong human narratives and has made films in the worlds of music, sport, arts, science, history and travel. His work has received critical acclaim for its powerful storytelling and innovative visual style.

He has recently directed two films for Amazon as part of the premium documentary event series This is Football. The series explores the emotions, stories, passions and triumphs at the heart of the world’s most loved sport. It launched in August 2019 on Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.



Previous work includes: a film with a unique take on the solo music of
The Beatles; the BBC drama-documentary Frankenstein and The Vampyre (narrated by Claire Foy); a documentary with the artist Damien Hirst and a project with the actor Richard Wilson.

He was also a director on the George Michael feature length documentary
Freedom, that included contributions from Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ricky Gervais, Tony Bennett and Liam Gallagher amongst others.

Other work also includes: a series of shorts for Vodafone featuring a
young rocket enthusiast and for Talisker Whisky; promos for the Doha Film Institute; a 3D short and the opening film in the BAFTA and digital Emmy winning BBC production The Virtual Revolution.

Superfly, his highly individual retelling of the story of modern genetics, won a Royal Television Society Award - while other documentary work includes two films in Channel 4’s BAFTA, RTS and Broadcast Award winning series This is Modern Art.

Amongst his dramatised films is an account of the struggle to build the Panama Canal – part of the BAFTA, RTS and Indie Award nominated BBC series Seven Wonders of The Industrial World; and a factual drama for ITV1 about a team of mavericks who pioneered deception techniques to help win the Second World War.

He has a track record with both new and established on-screen talent and is adept at working with all sizes of production, from tightly-budgeted observational filming through to major international co-productions. He has a thorough grounding in 3D, CGI and all types of drama-documentary from simple reconstruction to fully scripted drama and is a highly-skilled self-shooter.

He also has experience as an executive producer helping oversee a team and multiple commissions; as a lead director establishing the look and feel of a production and as a senior development producer helping to craft treatments that have won major blue-chip commissions.