Philip Robertson, Senior Lecturer

Philip Robertson

Senior Lecturer

Philip Robertson is an Internationally renowned Cinematographer who also serves as the Senior Lecturer in Cinematography in the School of Arts. Robertson trained at the Russian State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow (VIGIK) and is a graduate of the Northern Film School.

Robertson has an impressive International body of work ranging from Feature Films, TV Dramas, Commercials to Documentaries.

The TV drama strand of his career embraces most genres and budgets - from gritty Northern comedy such as Ideal (Johnny Vegas - Best Comedy, Royal Television Society) through lush costume dramas such as Larkrise to Candleford to BAFTA winning single dramas such as Zig Zag Love (director Gillies McKinnon BAFTA, Small Faces).

Robertson has won numerous National and International Awards for his work, which include two prestigious Kodak Vision awards for cinematography; one for his first Feature Film Beyond the Ocean (2000), the other for the critically acclaimed Frozen (2005 Shirley Henderson BAFTA).

His Feature Film work includes You And I (director Roland Joffé - The Killing Fields,1984 and The Mission, 1986 Oscar nomination for Best Director), Rokland (Martin Thorsson, Varieties '10 directors to watch') which was nominated for four Eddas (Icelandic Oscars), one for best Cinematography, Clive Barker's Books of Blood and Universal Studios Werewolf The Beast Among Us.

Robertson was Cinematographer for Shok which received an OSCAR Nomination for Best Live Action Short Film - Kosovo first OSCAR nominated film.


Current Teaching

  • BA Filmmaking across all years (Cinematography)
  • MA Filmmaking (Cinematography)

Research Interests

Robertson has a keen interest in auto-ethnographical approach to research, as it relates to his numerous and varied work.

Robertson continues to research cinematographical innovations that will have a relevance to his professional life as a Cinematographer and considers the impact/implication to inform his teaching. For example, he is active in researching the effect of digital technologies (Robertson is currently involved in a documentary on this very subject) on the art of Cinematography and the effect these cutting edge technologies have on his art form/visual storytelling. A related interest of Robertson's is how new medias and platforms are having a dramatic effect on how society "consumes the image".

Philip Robertson, Senior Lecturer

Selected Outputs

  • Robertson P (2016) THE VINTAGE.

  • Robertson P (2015) holby city At First I Was Afraid.

  • Robertson P (2015) SHOK.