Friend at FilmFest Munich in 2023

James Friend is a British cinematographer, best known for his work on Edward Berger's All Quiet on the Western Front, which earned him the Academy Award for Best Cinematography,[1][2] in addition to the BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography.[3]

Friend grew up in Maidstone, Kent, where he attended Sutton Valence School.[4] He was awarded a Fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society for his film work in 2020.[5] [6]

Friend's television credits include Patrick Melrose and Your Honor, both of which he collaborated on with Berger.[7] His current upcoming project is the Disney+ series The Acolyte, an instalment in the Star Wars franchise.[8]



Year Title Director Notes
2009 Umbrage Drew Cullingham
2010 Dead Cert Steven Lawson
Stalker Martin Kemp
2011 Carmen's Kiss David Fairman
Jack Falls Paul Tanter
Alexander Williams
Ghosted Craig Viveiros
Turnout Lee Sales
7 Lives Paul Wilkins
2012 Papadopoulos & Sons Marcus Markou
2013 The Liability Craig Viveiros
2016 Breakdown Jonnie Malachi
2022 All Quiet on the Western Front Edward Berger Academy Award for Best Cinematography
BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
BSC Award for Best Cinematography in a Theatrical Feature Film


Year Title Director Notes
2014 Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist Joey Ansah Episode "Beginnings"
2015 Lewis David Drury Episode "What Lies Tangled"
2015-2016 Silent Witness Ashley Pearce
Patrick Lau
Danny Hiller
Douglas Mackinnon
David Drury
12 episodes
2016 The Musketeers Udayan Prasad Episodes "Prisoners of War" and "We Are the Garrison"
Rillington Place Craig Viveiros Miniseries
Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands Marek Losey 3 episodes
2017 Stan Lee's Lucky Man Marek Losey
Daniel O'Hara
4 episodes
The Late Late Show with James Corden Glenn Clements 1 episode
Victoria Daniel O'Hara Episodes "The King Over the Water" and "The Luxury of Conscience"
2017-2018 Strike Michael Keillor
Kieron Hawkes
3 episodes
2018 Patrick Melrose Edward Berger Miniseries
2019 MotherFatherSon Charles Sturridge
James Kent
5 episodes
The War of the Worlds Craig Viveiros Miniseries
2020 Cursed Zetna Fuentes Episodes "Nimue" and "Cursed"
2020 Your Honor Edward Berger Episodes "Part One", "Part Two" and "Part Three"
2022 Willow Philippa Lowthorpe Episodes "Wildwood" and "Prisoners of Skellin"
2024 The Acolyte 2 episodes


  1. ^ Gamerman, Ellen (March 12, 2023). "'All Quiet on the Western Front' Wins Best Cinematography". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 13 March 2023.
  2. ^ Lang, Brent; Earl, William (12 March 2023). "'Everything Everywhere All at Once' Dominates Oscars With Seven Wins, Including Best Picture (Full Winners List)". Variety. Retrieved 13 March 2023.
  3. ^ "BAFTAs 2023: James Friend ASC BSC wins Best Cinematography award for All Quiet on the Western Front". British Cinematographer. February 20, 2023. Retrieved 13 March 2023.
  4. ^ McPolin, Sean (February 24, 2023). "Former Maidstone schoolboy James Friend picks up BAFTA and in line for Oscar with Netflix war film All Quiet On The Western Front". KM Media Group. Retrieved 13 March 2023.
  5. ^ Max Robinson, 'Moving Stories', RPS Journal, vol. 162, no. 2, March/April 2021, pp. 216-218.
  6. ^ 'Beauty and Bloodshed proves a winning formula', RPS Journal, vol. 163, no. 2, March/April 2023, pp. 124-125.
  7. ^ Lezotte, Suzanne (February 19, 2021). "James Friend, ASC, BSC Lights the Shadow of Doubt in "Your Honor"". Sony Cine. Retrieved 13 March 2023.
  8. ^ Ellwood, Gregory (February 15, 2023). "Why acting skills came into play for the 'All Quiet' cinematographer". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 March 2023.