John Stokes A.C.S. 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.
In 2016, John shot the first season of the ABC series Newton’s Law for Every Cloud Productions, and Seven Network’s crime drama Winter, produced by Rebecca Gibney and Julie McGauran. He presided over two series of Seven’s hit drama A Place To Call Home and 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). John is currently shooting the second season of Doctor Doctor for Essential Media and the Nine Network.
John began his career in the camera department as an assistant before moving to director of photography on Contagion. His work on feature films 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 and British Pictures. He recently shot Bollywood feature The Field.
In 2007, John was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in a Television Mini-Series from the American Society of Cinematographers, for the Nightmares and Dreamscapes episode ‘Umney’s Last Case’. The same episode saw John recognised with the Golden Tripod from the Australian Cinematographers Society, and the Gold and Judges’ Awards from the Queensland ACS. In addition, John has amassed a further eight Gold and three Silver Awards for work shot between 1990 and 2009, and in 2015, he won the AACTA Award for Best Cinematography in a Documentary for his work on Deep Sea Challenge 3D.