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Barry Ackroyd

Barry Ackroyd
Born (1954-05-12) 12 May 1954
Oldham, Lancashire, UK
Occupation Cinematographer and President of BSC

Barry Ackroyd, BSC (born 12 May 1954) is an English cinematographer. Barry has frequently worked with British film director, Ken Loach as well as action film director Paul Greengrass. Barry has also recently worked on Kathryn Bigelow's 2008 war film The Hurt Locker as well as the critically acclaimed 2013 biographical thriller Captain Phillips. In 2014, Barry became the president of the British Society of Cinematographers.


  • Life and career 1
  • Filmography 2
  • Awards and nominations 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Life and career

Barry was born in Oldham, England and has received a BAFTA nomination for Best Cinematography for The Lost Prince. His latest credits are on Ken Loach's award-winning feature, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Paul Greengrass's take on the 9-11 disaster, United 93, and the Kathryn Bigelow-directed Iraq war film, The Hurt Locker.[1]

Teamwork and group effort is the Loach modus operandi. Loach has denied his status as an auteur director. Unlike most directors who routinely overstate the importance of their personal achievements, Loach celebrates the contributions of his crew, such as frequent collaborator, cinematographer Barry Ackroyd.[2]

Film reviewer Jack Matthews of the New York Daily News remarked about the filmmaking behind The Wind That Shakes The Barley: "Beautifully shot, both in darkened homes and on the misty green Irish landscape by Loach's frequent cinematographer Barry Ackroyd, "Wind" has a you-are-there intensity and intimacy about it that make it nearly overwhelming."[3]


Awards and nominations

  • The Butterfly Man (1996) short film - BAFTA nomination Best Short Film (shared with Robin MacPherson)
  • Sweet Sixteen (2002 film) - Won Golden Camera 300 Award
  • The Lost Prince (2003) (TV) - BAFTA nomination Best Photography & Lighting
  • The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006) - British Independent Film Award nomination - Best Technical Achievement
  • United 93 (2006) - BAFTA nomination - Best Cinematography
  • The Hurt Locker (2009) - Won BAFTA - Best Cinematography
  • The Hurt Locker (2009) - Nomination Academy Award - Best Cinematography
  • Captain Phillips (2013) - BAFTA Nomination - Best Cinematography


  1. ^ National Film and Television School "Barry Ackroyd BSC"
  2. ^ "Ken Loach" by Mike Robbins
  3. ^ New York Daily News, Jack Matthews "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" review quote

External links

  • National Film and Television School "Barry Ackroyd BSC"
  • Barry Ackroyd at the Internet Movie Database
  • "Ken Loach" by Mike Robbins
  • New York Daily News, Jack Matthews "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" review quote
  • May 21, 2008 Picks & Pans - Movies "Battle in Seattle" - Seattle Weekly
  • United 93
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