Darius Shu is a cinematographer and photographer based in London, United Kingdom.
He works very versatile and adapts to the director’s vision, and is very story-driven as he always thrives to bring out the art within the story. Having a strong passion and vision to shoot beautiful visuals, Darius is able to tell a story through visual poetry and photography with his use of composition and lighting.
Notable brands and clients include Chanel, Coach, Adexe London,
Nessy and The Old Vic Theatre.
One of the films that he shot, Pardaa (2017) reached the Semi-Finalist of the 44th Student Academy Awards with multiple selections of festivals over in Australia, India and UK, including the BAFTA Affiliated Aesthetica Film Festival and screening at Cineworld Newcastle. His second British-Indian film, a co-production with ZEE5 Original, Khoj (2019) is now streaming on the largest TV streaming platform in India, ZEE5.
Darius was also appointed to shoot the film Secret Child (2018) in late 2017 which is based on the true story from the bestselling book by Gordon Lewis published by Harper Collins, working alongside Fiona Glascott (Brooklyn and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), Austin Taylor and Aaron McCusker (Bohemian Rhapsody). The film won over 20 awards with 18 nominations across the world in Los Angeles, Canada, UK and Europe including 5 Best Cinematography awards and was screened at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood for the Oscar Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival 2018.
In 2018, Darius had his directorial debut after co-directing, writing, shooting and producing His Hands with Arron Blake which went on to have a world premiere at Robert De Niro's prestigious Tribeca Film Festival 2019 in New York. It was nominated for Best Narrative Short. The film won multiple awards with critically acclaimed reviews from film critics and renowned magazines including the Attitude and Advocate. His Hands is now streaming on
Amazon Prime Video in the US, UK, Canada and Australia.
In 2019, Shu shot a film with director Rikki-Beadle Blair, MBE. He also shot a commercial for Chanel and Coach where he was flown over to New York to film with seven celebrities from South East Asia. Shu attended Chanel's prestigious fashion show during Paris Fashion Week in France to shoot for Chanel
with singer-songwriter Yuna.
Later that year, Shu reunited with director Yew Weng Ho on a new dyslexia film, Mical (2020). It follows the true story of Pat and Mike Jones on the struggles and journey of being dyslexic.
In 2020, Shu teams up with Shiva Raichandani on his new LGBTQ+ British-Asian drama-musical film Queer Parivaar based on an interfaith queer wedding.
Experienced in Arri Alexa Mini, Arri Alexa Classic,
Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro, Sony A7 series.
THE OLD VIC THEATRE