Paul Cox

Director of Photography

Photograph - Paul Cox and camera

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, 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 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.

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.

DoP, camera operator & director Freelance 1991-Present
Lighting Cameraman Thames TV 1986-1991
Camera Assistant Thames TV 1981-1985
Financial Director The Dodo Pad Ltd 1995-2006
Lecturer Ravensbourne College Freelance
Writer Broadcast Magazine Freelance
AV technician/trainer TV Training Centre 1977-1979
MA in Drama Studies Birmingham University 1991-1992
Thames Television Film and TV Training Course 1979-1980
BA Honours in Music Reading University 1972-1975
Diploma in Jazz Studies Berklee College, Boston, U.S.A 1976-1977


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