James Rogan is an award-winning writer/director who has worked in fiction, documentary and commercials on both sides of the Atlantic.
His latest feature documentary Amnesty! When They Are All Free is his third for BBC Storyville. Previous pieces for BBC Storyville are The Trouble with Pirates – investigating the rise of Somali piracy and Blog Wars – revealing the power and influence of bloggers on American politics. His other work includes The Madman and the Cathedral for Britdoc/Channel 4, following a former monk who has spent the last fifty years single-handedly building a cathedral and Warship, a six-part documentary series charting the three month deployment of the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious to the Middle East.
His fiction work includes the acclaimed short film The Open Doors starring Michael Sheen, the European short Janusz with Marcin Dorocinski and his debut feature Dead Bolt Dead. Distributed by Metrodome in the UK, it was described by The Times as a "small gem" and led to James being selected as a “Great British Hope” by the newspaper's chief film critic.
In commercials, he has directed for brands including HSBC, the Greater London Authority and Honda. He was the director of the Cowshed cinema spot “Daytrip” for Mother, for which he was awarded Best New Director award at the Midsummer Commercials Awards. The short documentary he made for Honda to accompany the Lion d’Or winning Honda “Choir” went on to make history as the longest commercial ever released in British cinemas.