John Stokes ACS is a highly experienced, award-winning cinematographer whose work across film, television, music videos and documentaries traverses genres as diverse as period romance, thriller, action, crime, drama, family, mystery, comedy, fantasy and horror.
Most recently, John has presided over the new ABC legal drama Newton’s Law starring Claudia Karvan, the first series of Matchbox Pictures Wanted with Rebecca Gibney and two series of Seven Network’s hit drama A Place To Call Home. Prior to that, he shot the NBC series Camp, starring Rachel Griffiths and Roger Corser. John’s television credits include a number of projects for the US including Stephen King’s Nightmares & Dreamscapes (TNT); the Peter Bogdanovich telemovie The Mystery of Natalie Wood (ABC); and second unit on In Pursuit of Honor (HBO) and Terra Nova (Fox) to name a few. He has worked extensively in Australian television; key credits include Packed to the Rafters (Seven), Sea Patrol and McLeod’s Daughters (Nine Network).
John’s film work includes Australia (dir. Baz Luhrmann – VFX Unit); Nim’s Island starring Jodi Foster, Gerard Butler and Abigail Breslin (additional photography); and Robo Warriors for Paramount/British Pictures. He began his career in the camera department as an assistant before moving to director of photography on Contagion.
In 2007, John was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in a Television Mini-Series from the American Society of Cinematographers, USA for the Nightmares and Dreamscapes episode, ‘Umney’s Last Case’. That same episode saw John’s work recognised with the Golden Tripod from the Australian Cinematographers Society and the Gold and Judges Awards from the Queensland ACS. In addition to these, John amassed a further eight Gold and three Silver Awards for work shot between 1990 and 2009.