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Either I’m getting older or my crews are

Chris Purchase,

Based in London, England, UK

Having spent the last 15 years creating shows on both large and small budgets, my reputation and strength as a director comes from my versatility across key genres.


Inventive cinematic visuals, playful scripting and a calm, collaborative demeanour when working with talent or contributors enables me to bring consistent high standards to series, one-offs, commercials, entertainment, reality, music and documentaries.


From large-scale crews with a need to manage large departments, to one-man shooting projects in remote locations, I’m comfortable in all directing environments. I pride myself on my passionate and enthusiastic approach to all facets of the production process and have a strong belief in educating, training and nurturing all talent within the teams I manage and direct.


I have directed high profile talent including Keanu Reeves, Taron Egerton, Chris Hemsworth, Carey Mulligan, Scarlett Johansson, Ant and Dec, Graham Norton, Eric Bana, Jude Law, Michael McIntyre, Nicole Sherzinger and many many more.


I have also directed live and stylised music projects for artists including Florence and the Machine, Paul Weller, Foals, Craig David, Tinie Tempah, The 1975, Anne Marie, Lianne La Havas, Bloc Party, and many more.


Spotting and developing contributor arcs, exciting stories and once-in-a-career on-screen moments has been the backbone of my success in Documentaries and Reality Television. Honing the skills to guide a contributor to profound honesty and rare comfort in front of the lens, whilst getting that question in the answer, is a skill I am proud to have mastered.


I operate on all high-end cameras including all Arris and Sonys as well as self-editing to  excellent online standard and tight turnarounds on commercials and Broadcast TV including for Dynamo and the BBC1 Bafta broadcast.


I have directed shows and series commissioned for BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, ITV2, Channel 4, E4, Sky One, Sky Arts and many other satellite channels as well as commercials and content for brands such as Michelin, Vodaphone, Zumba, Betfair, Universal Films, Paramount Films, Disney, Fox Searchlight, SEAT, Halfords, Heineken, Warchild and many more.


Elton John Uncensored
Made In Chelsea: Series 16
Made In Chelsea : Croatia.
Rocketman - Taron Egerton Official Music Video.
Five Star Hotel
Sing: Ultimate A Capella

Fantastic Beasts 2 - BTS
Dynamo: Live at the O2
The British Academy Film Awards

The British Academy Television Awards

The Voice UK

Stand Up To Cancer

That's So Last Century


The British Animal Honours

The Great British Hairdresser

Let's Dance for Sport Relief

Sky One

Warner International

BBC Studios
Monkey Kingdom
Monkey Kingdom
PMA Films

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