Mike began his career shooting and directing documentaries before moving into features and television drama. Over the last two decades he has accumulated awards working with some of the most acclaimed directors working today. In 2000 he worked on Ken Loach’s THE NAVIGATORS and in 2003 his work on Kevin Macdonald’s TOUCHING THE VOID earned Mike a BIFA for Best Technical Achievement.
He has teamed up with Susanna White many times, notably on the BBC’s 2006 adaptation of JANE EYRE for which Mike was nominated for an EMMY. He went on to shoot Susanna’s debut feature NANNY McPHEE & THE BIG BANG before lensing her BBC/HBO TV series PARADE’S END earning Mike a second EMMY nomination.
In 2007, he shot Michael Suscy’s HBO film GREY GARDENS, his work reaping a third Outstanding Cinematography In a Miniseries or Movie EMMY nomination.
In 2012, Mike teamed up with Clio Barnard for her much-acclaimed feature THE SELFISH GIANT.
Mike has worked on numerous occasions with director Roger Michell; the 2014 ITV film THE LOST HONOUR OF CHRISTOPHER JEFFRIES – for which Mike won a BAFTA; a Sky Arts adaptation of Joe Penhall’s play BIRTHDAY; Roger’s own screen adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s MY COUSIN RACHEL (2017) starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin and the 2019 feature BLACKBIRD starring Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet and Sam Neill. Mike’s most recent collaboration with Roger is THE DUKE starring Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent and due a screen release late 2021.
Mike worked with Ralph Fiennes on his third feature as director, THE WHITE CROW in 2018. Mike’s latest feature collaboration with Susanna White, WOMAN WALKS AHEAD starring Jessica Chastain, was also released that same year.
2019 saw Mike shoot three features; two debut works by Jules Williamson (OFF THE RAILS) and James D’Arcy (MADE IN ITALY) and the second feature from Simon Stone, THE DIG. All three films will be released in 2021.