Barry Ackroyd is an Oscar® nominated, BAFTA and European Film Award winning Director of Photography who has built a reputation for shooting some of the most provocative and dynamic films with high profile directors, including Paul Greengrass, Kathryn Bigelow, and Baltasar Kormákur. He is also known for his long collaborative filmmaking relationship with British auteur director Ken Loach.
Ackroyd’s background in documentary films is evident in his fictional work, which is enhanced by the sensibilities he gleaned from years of documentary shooting, including on Nick Broomfield’s searing South African exposé The Leader, His Driver, and the Driver’s Wife, and the Academy Award winning Anne Frank Remembered. With director Dominic Savage, Ackroyd lensed Out of Control, and Love + Hate, as well as Gideon’s Daughter, Friends & Crocodiles, and The Lost Prince for Stephen Poliakoff. Ackroyd shot no fewer than twelve films for Ken Loach, culminating in the Cannes Film Festival Golden Palm-winning The Wind that Shakes the Barley.
He began working with director Paul Greengrass on United 93, and followed that with Green Zone, starring Matt Damon, as well as the Tom Hanks starrer, Captain Phillips, which earned him ASC and BAFTA award nominations. Other credits include Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker, for which he received an Academy Award nomination and a BAFTA win. The film earned 6 Academy Awards and 6 BAFTAs as well as other numerous accolades.
Ackroyd lensed the Ralph Fiennes directed Shakespearean adaptation, Coriolanus as well as Parkland, directed by Peter Landesman, and Dark Places, the Gillian Flynn novel adaptation starring Charlize Theron and directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner. He worked with actor-director Sean Penn on The Last Face, and shot Academy Award winning The Big Short for director Adam McKay. Ackroyd reteamed with Greengrass for Jason Bourne and with Kathryn Bigelow for Detroit. Barry shot the epic Outlaw King, with director David Mackenzie, which opened the Toronto Film Festival, and he filmed Jay Roach’s Academy-Award winning, Bombshell, starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and John Lithgow. Most recent credits include The Old Guard, directed by Gina Prince-Blythewood and also starring Charlize Theron, Sweet Girl, starring Jason Momoa, and the Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna Dance with Somebody.
In May of 2023, Ackroyd was also honored as the Pierre Angénieux Tribute Laureate at the Cannes Film Festival.