An award-winning writer and director born in Invercargill, New Zealand, James Crisp had begun working towards a career playing sports, carving out promising representative performances before deciding in 2006 to pursue a career in film & television.
After studying Film and Media at Otago University in Dunedin, New Zealand, James made the move to Sydney where he enrolled and graduated from Sydney Film School in 2009.
Shortly after James wrote and directed his first independent short film ‘The Good Neighbour’ shot in Sydney, Australia during 2010. The film was selected and screened at numerous festivals in Australia, America, Asia and Europe, while also winning Best Drama at The Blue Mountain Film Festival in 2011 and an audience award at the Sandfly Film Festival during 2012.
James then returned to his hometown in New Zealand, where he worked as an in-house Creative Director for the Southern Institute of Technology from 2012 until 2015. There he wrote and directed national TV commercial campaigns and promotional videos for large international audiences.
He also began work with NZ based professional netball team, the Southern Steel, providing online content and promotional material. During this time, James also held roles on advisory boards for the Metropolitan Cricket Club and the Film & Media faculty of the Southern Institute of Technology.
A return to Sydney in late 2015 saw production begin on his second independent short ’12.12.12’, which he wrote, directed and edited. The film premiered during 2018 in Los Angeles, to high praise, at the First Glance Film Festival. While also going on to screen at the Kansas City Film Festival and the Chicago International REEL Short Film Festival that same year.
Upon completion of 12.12.12, James once again returned to Invercargill. Where he has been taking on freelance and advisory positions while also working towards a move to long-form productions.
James is a member of the New Zealand Director & Editor’s Guild (NZDEG), the New Zealand Writer’s Guild (NZWG) and the Australian Academy of Cinema, Television & Arts (AACTA).