A frequent collaborator with director Steve McQueen for both film and art installation projects, Sean Bobbitt gained international acclaim working with the director on his debut feature, Hunger, starring Michael Fassbender. The film was awarded the Camera d’Or at Cannes and earned Bobbitt a BIFA Technical Achievement award. Subsequently, he collaborated with McQueen on Shame — which earned Bobbitt another BIFA Award nomination and a European Film Award for Best Cinematography — as well as the critically acclaimed Academy Award Best Picture winner, 12 Years a Slave, which garnered an ASC Award nomination and a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Cinematography.
Bobbitt has also worked frequently with director Michael Winterbottom on films such as Wonderland, Everyday, and The Killer Inside Me. More recent films with other notable directors include David Gordon Green’s Stronger, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, The Queen of Katwe for Mira Nair, A Place Beyond the Pines, directed by Derek Cianfrance, Dominic Cooke’s On Chesil Beach and Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy.
Bobbitt’s television credits include the award-winning Sense and Sensibility, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Cinematography, The Long Firm, which earned a BAFTA nomination for Best Cinematography, The Canterbury Tales, for which he won an RTS Award and the pilot of HBO’s flagship series Game of Thrones.
Prior to becoming established in narrative film and television, Bobbitt photographed numerous documentaries and served as a news cameraman travelling the globe, particularly to areas of social and political unrest in the Middle East, Northern Ireland, Africa, and Asia.