James Hughes is a Writer / Director for Film & TV.
Starting his career in television, James was hired to direct a feature length period costume drama for local TV that went on to win 19 awards and became the most screened production in the channel’s history.
This was quickly followed by his short film, The Stars & The Stones, becoming an official selection of the Oscar accredited Calgary International Film Festival and the BAFTA accredited Raindance Film Festival.
Based on this success he was flown to Tuscany to direct a stage show to a live audience of four thousand that was simultaneously broadcast on Italian television.
The following year, he was hired to be a Speaker for the Screenwriting Expo in Los Angeles, where he taught a popular class on short film-making, working alongside such luminaries as William Goldman and Pilar Alessandra.
As a screenwriter, he has sold three feature film screenplays and numerous short film scripts to international production companies, and also worked for a Los Angeles talent agency for a year as a Story Analyst.
He has just Directed Tobias Menzies in his latest film, The Velvet Abstract, an environmental short produced on six continents, and featuring visual effects talents from Star Wars, The Hunger Games, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avatar, Lost, Game of Thrones, The Martian, and many more. Scored by the world-renowned Composer Jean-Pascal Beintus (Rogue One, The Danish Girl, Argo, Harry Potter, The Imitation Game), the film was part of a recent BAFTA event where James was a panellist on stage for a live Q&A. More about the film and festival news can be found on the official website
His follow-up short film, The Inuring, an anti-bullying drama, starring Emily Haigh and Sarine Sofair, is now on release across the film festival circuit.
These are the latest releases of James’s production company Sunset Aperture.
Film (Drama) Director An anti-bullying feature film drama based on the short film of the same name.
The Oh Tell Case
Film (Short and Comedy) Director A comedy about an American couple who share an unusual experience in a hotel room.
The Velvet Abstract
Film (short) by James Hughes (Animation and Drama) Director, Writer, Producer A Short Film About the Environmental Age Set Against a Plethora of CG, Illustrations, and Animations from a Team Spanning Six Continents.
The Sonia Uribe Files
Television (Documentary and Mystery) Writer An adventurous and dynamic series that uncovers the truth behind some of the world's greatest mysteries.
Television (Fantasy, Music and Musical) Director Following the experiences of 13 young people attempting to live their lives under a new philosophy.
The Stars & the Stones
Film (Short, Drama and Romance) Director Told in narration with black & white photography, this short film deals with the pain of losing someone you love because of one tragic mistake. Having spent his life living with one woman whom he loves, a man goes to America on a business trip and contracts Aids after a homosexual encounter. Now dying in a hospital bed back in the UK he shares his final thoughts and memories as his life slips away... Written by James Hughes