Jim Frater is an award-winning Director of Photography and Cinematographer specialising in documentaries, drama-documentaries, commercials and feature films.
His work has been featured across all major Australian, UK and US networks, including the ABC, the BBC, CNN and NBC. Recent projects as Director of Photography include ABC’s The War That Changed Us (2014), Enigma Man: A Stone Aged Mystery (2014), Desert Wars, Singapore 1942 – End Of Empire (2013),Leaky Boat (2011), Surviving Mumbai (2010) and The Great Escape: The Reckoning (2009). Jim was also Aerial Director of Photography on Jandamarra’s War (2011).
Jim is the recipient of over twenty cinematography awards; most recently an Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) Golden Tripod for Cinematography in Dramatised Documentaries in 2015 for The War That Changed Us – Episode One, and a Silver Tripod for Cinematography in Documentaries, Drama and TV category in 2014 for Enigma Man: A Stone Aged Mystery. He was also presented with a Gold Award for Cinematography in Dramatised Categories by the WA Branch of the ACS for Desert War – Episode Two (Alamein) in 2014. His work has also received AFI, AACTA, Emmy and Logie nominations.
A full list of awards won by Jim can be found here.
Jim has 25 years of experience behind the camera and is a member of the Australian Cinematographers Society, where he has served as President of the Western Australian branch, and the Perth Professional Film Crew. He has extensive experience as an aerial camera operator, drone operator and is a very capable underwater cameraman as well as experienced scuba diver. He is also a very experienced Steadicam owner/operator and jib operator.
Working out of Perth, Western Australia, Jim is currently the only licensed Phantom high-speed camera operator based on the country’s West Coast. His work has taken him across all continents except Africa – for now…