I’m a documentary director and film-maker based in London, UK, and aside from my job I’m interested in making bread and taking photographs, sometimes at the same time.

jeremy jeffs magneto films video production company


My recent films include a feature documentary on gay rights icon Bette Bourne – more at http://www.bettebournemovie.com – and a series on the history of India, called The Story of India, which was recently repeated on BBC4 in the UK. I’m currently shooting a history of China (for BBC2 in the UK and PBS in the USA) with historian Michael Wood. I also run a small production company with my wife Gaby: Magneto Films makes films and commercials for charities and brands.


I recently completed work on 2 amazing series:  one for Al Jazeera English, called The Arabs a People’s History, and a second for WGBH in Boston, called Pilgrimage. You can see some clips on my website here.

I’ve been shooting for over 30 years, first stills and then professionally as a director and cameraman. I use 2 systems for my stills work: a lovely film kit based around a Mamiya 6 camera and lenses and a digital kit based on Canon 5dii & iii.  Recently I’ve been shooting more and more with the Canons and really love the speed and freedom digital gives me.



I’m a long time member of an artists’ co-op called Warrior Studios in Brixton, South London. We’re a group of about a dozen artists and photographers who show individually and as a group and we also produce some intriguing limited edition publications through the Warrior Press. Warrior is where I keep my chemical darkroom and a collection of old cassettes that keep me entertained in the long dark hours of printing and developing.


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