Sean Bobbitt, BSC

Directors of Photography

A frequent collaborator with director Steve McQueen on 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 the director on Shame, again starring Fassbender, which received critical and commercial success and earned Bobbitt another BIFA Award nomination and a European Film Award for Best Cinematography.  Bobbitt once again teamed with McQueen on the hugely successful Twelve Years a Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch, which earned him nominations from A.S.C., BAFTA, and the Independent Spirit Awards for best cinematography, while the film went on to clinch the Oscar® for Best Picture.

Bobbitt has also worked frequently with director Michael Winterbottom on films such as Wonderland, Everyday, and The Killer Inside Me, while more recent films include Neil Jordan’s Byzantium, starring Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton, and A Place Beyond the Pines, directed by Derek Cianfrance, starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper.  Bobbitt also lensed the Spike Lee directed remake of Oldboy, starring Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen.  Directed by Michael Cuesta and starring Jeremy Renner and Rosemarie DeWitt, Kill the Messenger is his latest film, now in post-production.

Bobbitt’s television credits include the award-winning Sense and Sensibility, for which he was nominated for an Emmy for Best Cinematography, The Long Firm, which earned him a BAFTA nomination for Best Cinematography, Canterbury Tales, for which he won an RTS Award, and Unforgiven.

A graduate of the University of Santa Clara and St George’s College in Weybridge, England, Sean was born in Texas and spends his time between the UK, where he has residency, and the US. In addition to English, Bobbitt speaks basic French and Spanish, and has experience filming across literally every continent in the world.


The Queen of Katwe

Sean's Work

12 Years A Slave
12 Years A Slave
Oldboy
Oldboy
The Place Beyond the Pines
The Place Beyond the Pines
Shame
Shame