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Darius Shu is a British East Asian cinematographer based in London. He loves telling humanistic and poetic stories with striking imagery. Darius focuses his storytelling on driving societal conversations forward. He does this by incorporating a blend of social awareness and surrealism into his films.

Through the power of visual storytelling, Darius aims to create a positive representation of underrepresented communities. Some notable examples of his recent projects as a cinematographer include the BAFTA-nominated ITVX documentary Always, Asifa (2023, the Netflix documentary Peach Paradise (2022), Queer Parivaar (2021),  winner of the Best British Film award at the Iris Prize in 2022 and Where We Came From (2024) starring Emmy-winning Archie Panjabi. 

He is the 2nd Unit Director of Photography on Justin Lin's upcoming film 'Last Days'.

Darius's directorial debut was the short film His Hands (2019), nominated for Best Narrative Short at the Tribeca Film Festival. His second short film, I Am Norman (2021), was selected at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. His latest short film, Appy Ever After is due to be released in 2024.

MARK GATISS

"A beguilingly beautiful gem.... shots are ravishing to look at and haunts the memory long after."

UK FILM REVIEW

"There's a naturalistic intimate quality to Shu’s beautiful cinematography"

ATTITUDE

"Shu manages to convey an incredible sense of mood and feeling...it's beautiful, modern, stylish."

 

INDIE SHORTS MAG

"Darius Shu's cinematography is simply poetic" 

WEDIO

"Through a poetic stance, he finds inspiration in paintings and photography and puts it into his cinematography, implementing retro styles and vivid colours to his work as a unique art of expression."

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notable film festival selection (Oscar & BAFTA Qualifying) and awards

THE LIME GREEN SHIRT

BFI Flare Film Festival 2024

ALWAYS, ASIFA

Nominated: Best Short Form Programme at BAFTA TV Awards 2023

QUEER PARIVAAR

Winner: Best British Short at Iris Prize Film Festival 2022

BFI Flare Film Festival 2022

Outfest LA Film Festival 2022

London Short Film Festival 2023

Durban International Film Festival 2022

Outfest Fusion Los Angeles 2022

San Diego International Film Festival 2022

Tasveer South Asian Film Festival 2022

STOCKHOLM

BFI Flare Film Festival 2022

Best Cinematography at LA LGBTQ+ Film Festival 2021

PEACH PARADISE

Seattle International Film Festival 2023

Nominated: Best International at Iris Prize Film Festival 2022

Bolton International Film Festival 2022

I AM NORMAN

 Rhode Island International Film Festival 2021

MICAL

LA Shorts International Film Festival 2020

HIS HANDS

Nominated: Best Narrative Short at Tribeca Film Festival 2019

SECRET CHILD

Nominated: Best Period Piece at Hollyshorts Film Festival 2018

Best Cinematography at European Cinematography Awards

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