Mary Farbrother Director of Photography

Mary is an accomplished cinematographer working across fiction and documentary features, shorts, and commercials. Her films have been Grierson-nominated and have won Best Cinematography awards at festivals including Berlin, Atlanta and Raindance. Her recent features include ENO (d. Gary Hustwit) and 7 KEYS (d. Joy Wilkinson), both premiering at international festivals, Sundance and SXSW in 2024, and THE TAPE (d. Martha Tilston, 2021). She also shot Film 4’s critically-acclaimed DREAMS OF A LIFE (d. Carol Morley, 2011). Her shorts span narrative, factual, dance and art, winning numerous prizes. An NFTS graduate and member of Illuminatrix collective for female DoPs, Mary began her career shooting B cam Bolex for music videos before shooting commercials on 35mm. She now shoots on film or digital, with an intuitive visual flare that is creative, playful and attuned to the director’s vision.

ENO

Director of Photography

Feature Film

First Film
Tigerlily Films

Director: Gary Hustwit

7 KEYS

Director of Photography

Feature Film

Key 3 Films

Director: Joy Wilkinson

THE TAPE

Director of Photography

Feature Film

Stormforce Films

Director: Martha Tilston

MARY ANNING AND THE DINOSAUR HUNTERS

Director of Photography

Feature Film

Mermade Films

Director: Sharon Sheehan

THE LOVERS & THE DESPOT

Director of Photography

Feature Film

Tigerlily Films

Director: Robert Cannan
Director: Ross Adam

DREAMS OF A LIFE

Director of Photography

Feature Film

Nominated - Grierson Award, London Film Festival

UK Film Council
Film 4

Director: Carol Morley

EDGE

Director of Photography

Feature Film

Genesis Entertainment
Cannon & Morley Entertainment

Director: Carol Morley

THE DARKEST LIGHT

Director of Photography

Feature Film

Winner - Cinematography, Taormina Film Festival
Winner - Director, Newport Film Festival

BBC Films
Pathe

Director: Bille Eltringham
Director: Simon Beaufoy

CLIFF EDGE

Director of Photography

Director: Ann Hawker

MY BODILY REMAINS

Director of Photography

Short Film

Tai Shani

Director: Tai Shani

THE CRONING

Director of Photography

Short Film

55E5.World

Director: Connie Harrison

STOP DEAD

Director of Photography

Short Film

Lunar Lander
Shadowhouse Films

Director: Emily Greenwood

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD

Director of Photography

Short Film

Warner Media

Director: Jess Moore

MAB HUDEL

Director of Photography

Bonsena

Director: Ed Rowe

A LAST RESORT

Director of Photography

Short Film

Griffin Pictures

Director: Leanne Davis

JACKSON

Director of Photography

Short Film

Directors UK

Director: Emma Miranda Moore

DOG YEARS

Director of Photography

Short Film

Stormforce Films

Director: Natalys Wilcox

ON ISLAND WEST

Director of Photography

Short Film

LF Challenge

Director: Carolyn Saunders

MA'AM

Director of Photography

Short Film

Lunar Landar Films

Director: Joy Wilkinson

SHAWAFA

Director of Photography

Short Film

Serendipity Films

Director: Ashtar Alkhirsan

GRANDBAD

Director of Photography

Short Film

Wax Films

Director: Annabel Allison

SKIP GIRL

Director of Photography

Short Film

Vernon Films

Director: Annabel Allison

ASUNDER

Director of Photography

Short Film

Sunderland Cultural Partnership

Director: Esther Johnson

FLUTTER

Director of Photography

Short Film

Stargate Studios

Director: Elliot Cowan

FOLLOW

Director of Photography

Short Film

Red

Director: Tim Brunsden

DRILLERFILLER

Director of Photography

Short Film

Starring Scottee

Director: Chris Shepherd

THE POND

Director of Photography

Short Film

Director: Sonja Phillips

MERCY

Director of Photography

Short Film
Winner - Best Short, NPA London

35mm.

Director: Candida Scott-Knight

STALIN MY NEIGHBOUR

Director of Photography

Short Film
Winner - Ascent Media Award Soho

35mm

Director: Carol Morley

FLY

Director of Photography

Short Film

Super 8/DV

Director: Candida Scott-Knight

SHADOWMAN

Director of Photography

Short Film

35mm

Director: Amanda Rudman

AT DAWNING

Director of Photography

Short Film
Winner - Cinematography, Aspen Film Festival
Winner - Short Film - Aspen Film Festival
Winner - Festival Best Short - Atlanta
Winner - Best UK Short - Raindance

35mm Anamorphic

Director: Martin Jones

HUMAN RADIO

Director of Photography

Short Film
Winner - Photography, Capalbio Film Festival
Winner - UIP Prize, Valladoid Film Festival
Winner - Golden Bear, Berlin Film Festival

16mm

Director: Miranda Pennell

EVERYDAY SOMETHING

Director of Photography

Short Film
Winner - Best Short, Cork Film Festival
Audience Prize - Dance Film - Thessaloniki Film Festival, Athens

16mm

Director: Carol Morley

A SECRET AUDIENCE

Director of Photography

Short Film

16mm Cross-Processed

Director: David Morrissey

SUBURBAN PSYCHO

Director of Photography

Short Film

35mm Anamorphic

Director: Chris Rodley

YELLOW

Director of Photography

Short Film

35mm

Director: Bille Eltringham
Director: Simon Beaufoy

FLAYED

Director of Photography

Effervescent

Director: Jen Handorf

CARNIVAL CRUISES

Director of Photography

Shedworks

Director: Tim Bird

FAMILY FRIENDS

Director of Photography

Commercial

Media Trust

Director: Jo Southwell

IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE

Director of Photography

Screenskills

Director: Jo Southwell

LOVEHONEY

Director of Photography

Commercial

Thomas Thomas

Director: Tiny Bullet

INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY

Director of Photography

Commercial

Thomas Thomas

Director: Tiny Bullet

CATHERINE YASS

Director of Photography

Commercial

Tate

Director: Maria Kennedy

FAHRELNISSA ZAID

Director of Photography

Commercial

Tate

Director: Kat Mansoor

BITE BOLD, BITE COLD

Director of Photography

Commercial

L Follett

Director: Jane McGee

NBC 100% CHARACTER

Director of Photography

Commercial

Betsyworks

Director: Tomas Leach

NBC 100% CHARACTER

Director of Photography

Commercial

Betsyworks

Director: Brian Harrington

GOOGLE

Director of Photography

Commercial

Across the Pond

Director: Brian Harrington

SAINSBURY'S

Director of Photography

Commercial

Moxie Pictures

Director: M.J. Delaney

CHIMES FOR CHANGE

Director of Photography

Commercial

Capguncollective

Director: Liz Unna

DEVICES

Director of Photography

Commercial

4oD

Director: Grant Gilbert

ALTERNATIVE XMAS MESSAGE

Director of Photography

Channel 4

Director: Brian Harrington

DU PONT

Director of Photography

Commercial

Two Four

Director: Ed Kellie

CBBC SUMMER

Director of Photography

Commercial

Red Bee

Director: Dawn Parsonage-Kent

FAITHLESS

Director of Photography

Music Promo

MIE

Director: Yibi Hu

CHANNEL JACK

Director of Photography

Commercial

Andsome

Director: Sonja Phillips

PREHISTORIC EARTH

Director of Photography

Commercial

Andsom

Director: Sonja Phillips

PAVEL PAVLOVSKI

Director of Photography

Commercial

CNN

Director: Jimmy Quigley

DERREN BROWN

Director of Photography

Commercial

4 Creative

Director: Brian Harrington

COW AND GATE

Director of Photography

Commercial

Drum

Director: Seoniad Mackay

PG TIPS

Director of Photography

Commercial

Rattling Stick

Director: Darren Bailes

DISPATCHES

Director of Photography

TV Insert

Channel 4

Director: Liz Una

DANCING WITH THE STARS

Director of Photography

Commercial

Red Bee

Director: Kevin Hill

DISCOVERY

Director of Photography

Commercial

Discovery

Director: Sonja Philips

BRITCOM

Director of Photography

Commercial

Red Bee

Director: Martin Shannon

DISCOVERY EUROPE REBRAND

Director of Photography

Commercial

Red Bee

Director: Kevin Hill

THE F WORD

Director of Photography

Commercial

Channel 4

Director: Phil Lind

DISCOVERY

Director of Photography

Commercial

Knifedge

Director: Sandra Greene

ME GENERATION

Director of Photography

Commercial

Channel 4

Director: Candida Scott-Knight

UK TV FOOD

Director of Photography

Commercial

BBC

Director: Dawn Parsonage

FACTS CHECK

Director of Photography

Commercial

Channel 4

Director: Grant Gilbert

DUMA TV REBRAND

Director of Photography

Commercial

Kemistry

Director: Mark Gardener

MITSUBISHI

Director of Photography

Commercial

Trifield

Director: Taishi Muramoto

HISTORY

Director of Photography

Commercial

Discovery

Director: Marth McLean

GRAHAM GREENE

Director of Photography

Commercial

BBC Four

Director: Sandra Greene

TEACHERS TV

Director of Photography

Corporate Insert

Dunning Eley Jones

Director: Matt Penny

LIGHT FANTASTIC

Director of Photography

Commercial

BBC

Director: Kevin Hill

TURNER PRIZE

Director of Photography

Commercial

Channel 4

Director: Sonja Philips

JOHN WILLIAMS

Director of Photography

Commercial

Spin

Director: Annette Armstrong

BBC WW BRANDED BLOCKS

Director of Photography

TV Insert

BBC

Director: Ian Wormleighton

UK TV

Director of Photography

Commercial

Dunning Eley Jones

Director: Paul D'Auria

SONY PLAYSTATION

Director of Photography

Commercial

Spy Pictures

Director: Steve Cavalier

BARNARDOS

Director of Photography

Commercial

Sneezing Tree

Director: Phil Taylor

GUARDIAN

Director of Photography

Commercial

Tomboy Films

Director: Tom Shankland

OZZY OSBOURNE

Director of Photography

Music Promo

Channel 4

Director: Polly Hayward

LURPACK

Director of Photography

Commercial

Rose Hackney Barber

Director: Matt Carter

MONKEY DRUMMER

Director of Photography

Commercial

RSA

Director: Chris Cunningham

BURGER KING

Director of Photography

Commercial

Channel 4

Director: Matt Carter

STELLA ARTOIS

Director of Photography

Commercial

Channel 4

Director: Seonaid Mackay

CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP

Director of Photography

Commercial

Channel 4

Director: Jimmy Quigley

DYSON

Director of Photography

Commercial

TT02

Director: Martin Jones

FRAISER

Director of Photography

Commercial

Channel 4

Director: Grant Gilbert

HOOVER

Director of Photography

Commercial

Harry Nash

Director: Ringan Ledwidge

HALFORDS

Director of Photography

Commercial

Godmans

Director: Rory Rooney

RENAULT

Director of Photography

Commercial

TT02

Director: Martin Jones

MITSUBISHI

Director of Photography

Commercial

RSA

Director: Chris Hartwill

ZI EYEDROPS

Director of Photography

Commercial

Eclipse

Director: Angel Garcia

JOHNSON & JOHNSON

Director of Photography

Commercial

PM Films

Director: Patricia Murphy

TELEGRAPH SPORTS CARS

Director of Photography

Commercial

Tank

Director: Ashley King

BOLLARDS

Director of Photography

Commercial

NH Gate Cinema

Director: Ashley King

ST ETIENNE

Director of Photography

Music Promo

Blanche Pictures

Director: Esther Johnson

IMELDA MAY

Director of Photography

Music Promo

Kode

Director: Laura Scrivano

SHOLA AMA

Director of Photography

Music Promo

IDP

Director: Jason Greer

PAUL WELLER

Director of Photography

Music Promo

Momentum

Director: Doug Hart

RAGHAV

Director of Photography

Music Video

IDP

Director: Jason Greer

THE SERVANT

Director of Photography

Commercial

Knifedge

Director: Tim Bird

OCEAN COLOUR SCENE

Director of Photography

Music Promo

Momentum

Director: Douglas Hart

THE UNBELIEVABLE TRUTH

Director of Photography

Music Video

Harry Nash

Director: Ringan Ledwidge

STEROPHONICS

Director of Photography

Music Promo

Virgin

Director: Pinko

GORKYS ZYGOTIC MYNKY

Director of Photography

Music Video

Momentum

Director: Trash 2000

BIS

Director of Photography

Music Video

Momentum

Director: Trash 2000