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Darius Shu is a British cinematographer who loves telling poetic visual stories with striking imagery.  

He is a big fan of arthouse films and is a firm believer in the concept of 'show... don't tell'.

He channels the power of visual storytelling to create positive representation in film and TV, driving societal conversations by incorporating social awareness in his films, and thrives to bring out the art within the story through his cinematography to translate emotions on-screen. 

His projects include a musical-drama film Queer Parivaar,  won Best British Short at Iris Prize 2022 and had its World Premiere at BFI Flare Film Festival 2022. Queer Parivaar was broadcasted on Film4 and now streaming on All4. He shot a Netflix documentary, Peach Paradise which premiered on Tik Tok's first-ever live stream showcase for films and was nominated for Best International at Iris Prize and is now streaming on Netflix Still Watching channel. He produced and shot a television short film Sent To Cov, commissioned by Sky Arts. Darius' latest documentary film he shot is Always, Asifa, premiered at BFI London Film Festival 2022 and is now streaming on Together TV.

He has shot with artists such as Léa Seydoux, Lily James, Gemma Chan, Tia Kofi, The Vivienne, Omari Douglas, Kaya Scodelario, Big Zuu, and Dominic Cooper and has his work featured in Netflix, L'Officiel, Attitude, Advocate, Wonderland, Notion, Gay Times, Dekkoo, Amazon Prime Video and Channel 4. 

Darius is currently in pre-production on two feature films for 2023. 


notable film festival selection (Oscar & BAFTA Qualifying)

Queer Parivaar

Winner: Best British Short at Iriz Prize LGBT+ Film Festival 2022

BFI Flare London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival 2022

Outfest LA Film Festival 2022

Durban International Film Festival 2022

Outfest Fusion Los Angeles 2022

San Diego International Film Festival 2022


BFI Flare London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival 2022

Best Cinematography at LA LGBTQ+ Film Festival 2021

Peach Paradise

Iriz Prize LGBT+ Film Festival 2022

Bolton International Film Festival 2022

I AM Norman

 Rhode Island International Film Festival 2021


LA Shorts International Film Festival 2020

His Hands

Tribeca Film Festival 2019

Secret Child

Hollyshorts Film Festival 2018

Best Cinematography at European Cinematography Awards


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