Matthew Beecroft


About Me

Matthew has shot all over world, working in Australia, Africa, North, Central and South America, India, China and most of Europe.


I have worked in the creative industries all my working life, initially in design and advertising, latterly as head of design at Maher Bird Associates, working on Nike and Mercedes. But inspired by my father’s love of film and involvement in television as a producer and director for the government’s Foreign and Commonwealth office and the COI, I left advertising to pursue a career be hind the camera, re-training as director of photography.

Following three months in the Ukraine and Crimea in 1998 on a public information film project with the UNHCR, I started to shoot more documentary and subsequently then spent six months working across Africa for the United Nations and Bill Gates Foundation. From 2004 on, I shot and often directed factual and documentary series for Channel 4, the Discovery Channel and UKTV and US network AMC. My first feature documentary as cinematographer ‘In the Hands of the Gods’ was released by Lionsgate and opened in Leicester Square and nationwide in 2007, to critical acclaim and a record number of screens for a UK feature doc. I’ve since embraced a broad spectrum of work, from documentary to feature, commercial and content.

As well as working purely as a DP, depending on the project, I also direct and amongst numerous promos and corporates, directing work has included Emirates Airlines, Cannes Silver Lion, Webby and Campaign Digital Award winning ‘Keep Discovering’ digital campaign shot in Sao Paulo, New York, Mumbai, Kenya and the UK. More recently I’ve shot and directed cinema and digital content for the launch of the last three films in the Star Wars franchise, Rogue One and the Last Jedi for Lucasfilm, Disney, GREAT and Feref. I’ve worked as Director of Photography on commercial work for Adidas, Barclays, Kellogg’s, Landrover, Mclaren, Sony, Star Alliance and documentary for BBC and ITV.

I’ve traveled extensively, working all over the world; Australia, Africa, North, Central and South America, India, China and most of Europe. I hold both UK and Canadian passports.



Helen Finch - The Times


Guy Dammann - The Guardian