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Chris Purchase,

Based in London, England, UK

I am Director, Writer and Producer with over 15 years experience directing primetime entertainment, documentary, reality, music and commercials. A story and cinematic obsessive, my strengths lie in efficient storytelling with high-end cinematic flare. I keep budgets tight, edits focussed and shoots moving fast.


Over a decade moving between High-End Entertainment shows, Docs and Commercials has strengthened my all-important executive diplomacy and the sensitivity needed for managing large crews, large budgets and time-pressured deadlines.


I’m instinctually inclined to push for a sense of immediacy and passionate energy in my work. Drawn toward projects exploring the creative or expressive process, whether that is music, writing, film, the arts, mechanics, or food, the list is blissfully endless.


I pride myself on being an unflappable director. Working against the clock inside the budget is the joy of the job. I place an extremely high value on respect, civility and professionalism.

Executing innovative coverage whilst moving fast and lean on set is my happy place.


As a similarly seasoned writer, editor and producer my deep knowledge story and drama theory is the backbone of every decision in prep.


The last 3 years I have successfully executed the desire to shadow exceptional drama directors. Creating High End Behind-the-scenes documentaries and promotional shorts for films such as Ridley Scott’s Napoleon and Andrew Warcchus’ Matilda, has been a phenomenal, up-close masterclass in what it takes to create the greatest stories on film.


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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