Winner Sean Bobbitt

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12 Years A Slave is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life.


SEAN BOBBITT, BSC, gained international acclaim working with the 57 director on his debut feature Hunger, starring Michael Fassbender. The film was awarded the Camera d’Or at Cannes and earned Bobbitt a BIFA Technical Achievement award. Subsequently, he collaborated with the director on Shame, again starring Fassbender, which received critical and commercial success and earned Bobbitt another BIFA Award nomination and a European Film Award for Best Cinematography. Bobbitt has also worked frequently with director Michael Winterbottom on films Wonderland, Everyday, and The Killer Inside Me, and more recent films include Neil Jordan’s Byzantium, starring Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton, and A Place Beyond the Pines, directed by Derek Cianfrace, starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper. Bobbitt recently wrapped production on the Spike Lee-directed remake of Oldboy, starring Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen. Bobbitt’s television credits include the award winning Sense and Sensibility, for which he was nominated for an Emmy for Best Cinematography, The Long Firm, which earned him a BAFTA nomination for Best Cinematography, Canterbury Tales, for which he won an Royal Television Society Award, and Unforgiven. A graduate of UC Santa Clara and St. George’s College in Weybridge, England, Sean was born in Texas and spends his time between the UK, where he has residency, and the US. In addition to English, Bobbitt speaks basic French and Spanish, and has experience filming across every continent in the world.