Suri Krishnamma
Director

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A three time BAFTA nominee, Suri Krishnamma has a broad range of experience across television and feature film. For the BBC, he directed the award-winning limited series A Respectable Trade and The Cazalets. He has directed numerous prime time dramas such as Waking the Dead, Blue Murder, Cold Blood and Sea of Souls and his work extends to continuing drama such as Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Casualty.

Internationally acclaimed, Suri has directed seven feature films including the award winning Dark Tourist and A Man of No Importance starring Albert Finney. His film New Year’s Day was named Best UK Feature Film at Raindance.

In addition to his directing work, Suri is Professor of Film at Norwich University of the Arts, Honorary Fellow of the Arts University Bournemouth and is a past President of the Jury for the Munich International Festival of Film Schools. He is also developing a number of new projects for film and television.

 

Television – Limited Series (broadcast):
The Cazalets Cinema Verity / BBC1
Director of the 6 x 60’ limited series following the Cazalet family over 1937 – 1942 (2001)
Producers: Verity Lambert, Joanna Lumley, Pippa Harris, Jane Tranter
A Respectable Trade BBC Drama / BBC1
Director of the 4 x 60’ award-winning limited series based on the Philippa Gregory book about the slave trade in eighteenth century Bristol (1998)
Producers: Ruth Baumgarten, Ruth Caleb and Michael Wearing

NOMINATED: BAFTA – Best Drama Serial

Television – Series (broadcast):
 Emmerdale ITV Studios / ITV1
Directed 14 x 30’ episodes of the popular continuing drama series (From 2018)
Coronation Street ITV Studios / ITV1
Directed 35 x 30’ episodes of the long running ITV soap (From 2016)
Echo Beach Kudos Film & Television / ITV1
Director of 3 x 30’ episodes of this ITV soap linked to comedy/drama Moving Wallpaper (2008)
Producer: Howard Burch
Casualty BBC Drama / BBC One
Director of 2 x 50’ eps of the prime time BBC1 drama (2008)
Producer: Anne-Louise Russell
Cold Blood Granada TV Productions / ITV1
Directed 2 x 90’ episodes of the dark murder mystery (2007)
Producers: Ian White, Kieran Roberts
Blue Murder Granada TV Productions / ITV1
Director of 2 x 90’ episodes of the Manchester-set crime drama (2006)
Producers: Gina Cronk and Kieran Roberts
Sea of Souls BBC Scotland / BBC One
Directed 2 x 60’ episodes of the paranormal drama series (2005)
Producers: Stephen Garwood, Nadine Marsh-Edwards
Waking the Dead BBC Drama / BBC One
Director of 2 x 60’ episodes of the cold case crime drama series (2004)
Producers: Richard Burrell, Alexei de Keyser
Rockface BBC Scotland / BBC One
Directed 2 x 60’ episodes of the Scottish mountain rescue drama (2003)
Producer: Neil Zeiger
Outside the Rules BBC Drama, London & BBC Wales / BBC One
Director of 2 x 60’ episodes of the BBC1 crime drama (2002)
Producers: Alison Davies, Pippa Harris and Jane Tranter
Dalziel and Pascoe BBC Drama / BBC1
Director of 2 x 90’ episodes of the popular crime drama (1999)
Producer: Nick Pitt
Soldier Soldier Central TV Productions / ITV
Directed 1 x 60’ episode of the drama dealing with military life (1993)
Producers: Christopher Neame, Pippa Harris
Spender Initial Film & TV Productions / BBC1
Directed 2 x 60’ episodes of the prime time police procedural series (1993)
Producers: Paul Raphael, Eric Fellner
The Bill Thames Television / ITV
Directed 2 x 30 mins of the ITV police drama (1990)
Producer: Peter Wolfes
South of the Border BBC Drama / BBC1
Director of 1 x 50’ episode of the detective series (1989)
Producer: Caroline Oulton
Television – Films (broadcast):
 Wuthering Heights MTV Original Movie Productions / MTV
Director of the modern day feature length adaptation of the classic Brontë novel (2003)
Producers: Maggie Malina, Danielle Woodrow, Jim Steinman
The Chest Granada TV Productions / ITV
Director of the feature length comedy drama (1996)
Producers: Mark Redhead, Andy Harries

NOMINATED: British Comedy Award – Best ITV Comedy Drama

The Place of the Dead LWT Productions / ITV
Director of the feature length drama based on the true story of a disastrous British Army expedition in Malaysia (1995)
Writer: Jeff Pope
Producers: Jeff Pope, Simon Shapps
The Turnaround World Productions & Carlton TV / ITV
Directed the first of the series of feature length private investigator dramas starring Clive Owen and based on the Nick Sharman books by Mark Timlin (1995)
Producers: Bill Shapter, Tony Garnett
O Mary This London BBC Films / BBC2
Director of this TV film following three young Dubliners moving to London for Screen Two (1994)
Producers: Helen Greaves and Mark Shivas
Feature Films (released):
 Dark Tourist Vision Entertainment Group
Director of the psychological thriller starring Melanie Griffith (2013)
Producers: Adam Targum, Zach Bryan, Suzanne Delaurentiis
Bad Karma Limelight International
Directed the crime feature starring Ray Liotta and Dominic Purcell (2012)
Producers: Grant Bradley, Dale Bradley, Mark Williams
Locked In Peninsular Media
Directed the indie thriller starring Ben Barnes (2010)
Producers: Susie Brooks-Smith, Frida Torresblanco, Michael Bassick
Good Sharma Real McCoy and WSG Productions
Director of the drama set in the US and India (2009)
Producers: Nicola Scott , Sheetal Talwar
New Year’s Day Flashpoint Films
Directed the coming of age / survival drama (2000)
Producers: Steve Cleary and Simon Channing-Williams
A Man of No Importance Little Bird Productions and BBC Films
Director of the comedy/drama starring Albert Finney (1994)
Producers: Jonathan Cavendish, James Mitchell, Mark Shivas, Guy East
Short Film (released):
Macbeth No More Actors Centre & Skillset
Writer / Director (2010)
Producers: Diane Shorthouse, Matthew Lloyd
Being Othello Actors Centre & Skillset
Writer / Director (2009)
Producers: Diane Shorthouse, Matthew Lloyd
Hamlet Little Actors Centre & Skillset
Writer / Director (2008)
Producers: Diane Shorthouse, Matthew Lloyd
Water’s Edge National Film and Television School
Director (1988)

NOMINATED: BAFTA – Best Short Film

Mohammed’s Daughter Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design (now AUB)
Director (1987)

NOMINATED: BAFTA – Best Short Film

Departure Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design (now AUB)
Director (1986)
Awards & Nominations:
 2013 Total Film Award for Dark Tourist (Best Actor, Michael Cudlitz) at Frightfest, London.
2001 Best UK Feature Film, (Winner) Raindance Film Festival, UK (New Year’s Day).
2001 Grand Prix (Winner) Yubari Film Festival, Japan (New Year’s Day).
1997 British Comedy Award (Nomination) Best ITV Comedy Drama (The Chest).
1998 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Nomination) Best Drama Serial (A Respectable Trade).
1997 Golden Spire (Winner) Chicago, USA (A Respectable Trade).
1989 Prix du Public (Winner) Angers Film Festival, France (Water’s Edge).
1988 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Nomination) Best Short Film (Water’s Edge).
1988 Gold Mikeldi (Winner) Bilbao International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Spain (Water’s Edge).
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Nomination) Best Short Film (Mohammed’s Daughter)
1986 Best Film (Winner) Budapest Student Film Festival, Hungary (Mohammed’s Daughter)
Academic Awards:
Professor of Film – Awarded by Norwich University of the Arts (2014)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2014)
Honorary Fellowship – Awarded by the Arts University College Bournemouth (1998)
Education:
National Film and Television School, Post Graduate Diploma in Fiction Direction (1986-1989)
Bournemouth and Poole College of Art & Design (now AUB), Post Higher Diploma in Film & Television, (1985-1986)
Open University, Certificate in Natural Sciences (2013)
University of the Arts London, Post Graduate Certificate in Art, Design and Communication (2015)