Darius Shu is a cinematographer who loves telling poetic visual stories with striking imagery.
A visual storyteller who loves humanistic arthouse cinema, he believes in the power of 'show... don't tell' and creating images that stay with you well after.
Darius channels the power of visual storytelling to create positive representation in film & TV, driving societal conversations by incorporating social awareness and surrealism elements in his films and striving to illuminate the visual narrative to complement the story.
Notable among his recent projects is the BAFTA-nominated documentary "Always, Asifa", part of the limited television series on ITVX and Sky TV.
Darius's slate of award-winning films includes the poetic narrative psychological thriller short film "His Hands", a Tribeca Film Festival 2019 nominee for Best Narrative Short, and the docu-pic thriller "I AM Norman", selected at the Rhode Island International Film Festival 2021. Both films have been hailed as masterpieces by HeyUGuys and are available on Amazon Prime Video.
He also served as the cinematographer for the critically acclaimed musical-drama film "Queer Parivaar", winner of the BAFTA-qualifying 'Best British Film' award at Iris Prize 2022. The film premiered at BFI Flare Film Festival 2022 and has garnered over 20 international film festival selections. It is now streaming on Channel 4.
Darius shot the Netflix documentary "Peach Paradise", which premiered on TikTok's first-ever live-stream showcase and received a nomination for Best International at Iris Prize 2022. Additionally, he produced and shot the television short film "Sent To Cov" for Sky Arts and the film "Mical", which has amassed over 1.7 million views on YouTube.
Collaborating with notable artists such as Tim McInnerny, Léa Seydoux, Lily James, Gemma Chan, Tia Kofi, The Vivienne, Omari Douglas, Kaya Scodelario, Big Zuu, and Dominic Cooper, Darius's work has been featured on platforms such as Netflix, L'Officiel, Attitude, Advocate, Wonderland, Notion, Amazon Prime Video, ITVX, Sky TV, and Channel 4.
Having been educated internationally and within the UK, Darius has a global perspective with deep sensitivities to inclusive and diverse filmmaking that adds value to his work. He is the founder of the arthouse production company Silverprince Pictures.
"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"
"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"
"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."
notable film festival selection (Oscar & BAFTA Qualifying)
Nominated: Best Short Form Programme at BAFTA TV Awards 2023
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
BFI Flare Film Festival 2022
Best Cinematography at LA LGBTQ+ Film Festival 2021
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
LA Shorts International Film Festival 2020
Nominated: Best Narrative Short at Tribeca Film Festival 2019
Nominated: Best Period Piece at Hollyshorts Film Festival 2018
Best Cinematography at European Cinematography Awards