McGarvey, Seamus 1967–

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McGarvey, Seamus 1967–


Born June 29, 1967, in Armagh, Northern Ireland; son of Jimmy ad Peggy McGarvey. Education: Graduated from a film school in London, 1988.


Agent—Casarotto Marsh, Ltd., National House 60-66 Wardour St., London W1V 4ND United Kingdom; Sandra Marsh Management, 9150 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 220, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.


Cinematographer. Began career as a still photographer; worked as a cinematographer and director on over 100 music videos; worked as a cinematographer on television commercials. Solo exhibitions at the City Centre Art Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, including Armagh in a New Light, 1984, and Eternity Where?, 1989; London Film School, board of governors. Previously worked as an usher at the Institute of Contemporary Art's cinemas.


British Society of Cinematographers, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees 600 (USA cinematography unit), British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Awards, Honors:

Evening Standard British Film Award, best technical/artistic achievement, 2004, for The Hours; Lumiere Medal, Royal Photographic Society, 2004, for his contributions to the art of cinematography; Irish Film and Television Award, best cinematography, 2005, for Sahara; Irish Film and Television Award, best cinematography, 2007, for World Trade Center; Royal Television Society Award nomination, for Skin.


Film Cinematographer:

Memoranda (short), 1990.

Mad Bad Mortal Beings (short), 1991.

The Winding Sheet—A Documentary About Guilt (documentary), 1992.

Damsel Jam (documentary), 1992.

Taking Liberties with Mr. Simpson (short), 1993.

Marooned (short), 1993.

The Take Out (short), British Film Institute, 1994.

A Sort of Homecoming (short), British Film Institute, 1994.

Skin Tight (short), 1994.

Look Me in the Eye, 1994.

Butterfly Kiss (also known as Killer on the Road), 1995.

This Charming Man (documentary short), British Film Institute, 1995.

Magic Moments, 1997.

Flying Saucer Rock‘n’Roll (short), 1997.

Harald (also known as Harald—Der Chaot aus dem weltall), Sales Company, 1997.

Jump the Gun, 1997.

The Winter Guest, Image Entertainment, 1997.

The Slab Boys, 1997.

The End (short), 1998.

The War Zone (also known as Tim Roth's "The War Zone" and Zona di guerra), Lot 47 Films, 1999.

I Could Read the Sky, Artificial Eye, 1999.

A Map of the World (also known as Unschuldig verfolgt), USA Films, 1999.

The Big Tease, Warner Bros., 1999.

The Name of This Film is Dogme95 (documentary), 2000.

High Fidelity, Buena Vista, 2000.

Enigma (also known as Enigma—Das Geheimnis), Manhattan Pictures International, 2001.

The Hours, Paramount, 2002.

The Actors, Miramax, 2003.

Rolling Stones: Tip of the Tongue (documentary), TGA, 2003.

Along Came Polly, Universal, 2004.

Sahara (also known as Sahara—Abenteuer in der wuste), Paramount, 2005.

"Death Valley," Destricted, IFC Films, 2006.

World Trade Center, Paramount, 2006.

Charlotte's Web (also known as Schweinchen Wilbur und seine freunde), Paramount, 2006.

Atonement, Focus Features, 2007.

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Weinstein Company, 2008.

Film Work; Other:

Camera trainee, December Bride, MD Wax/Courier Films, 1990.

Second assistant camera, Dakota Road, 1991.

Focus puller, Floating, 1991.

Assistant camera, Projections, Substance Video, 1993.

Second unit camera operator, Jude, 1996.

Additional camera operator, Ali G Indahouse (also known as Ali G in da House, Ali G, and Ali G Indahouse: The Movie), Universal Focus, 2002.

Film Appearances:

Himself, Visualizing "Sahara" (documentary short), Paramount Home Video, 2005.

Himself, The Making of "World Trade Center" (documentary), Paramount Home Video, 2006.

Himself, "Charlotte's Web": Making Some Movies (documentary short), 2007.

Television Cinematographer; Movies:

Shooting to Stardom, 1993.

Out of the Deep Pan, 1995.

Stand and Deliver, 1997.

Wit, HBO, 2001.

Television Work; Specials:

35mm camera operator (documentary crew), U2's Beautiful Day, CBS, 2002.

Television Cinematographer; Episodic:

"Look Me in the Eye," Screen Two, BBC, 1993.

Murder Most Horrid, 1994.

"The Maids," Blow Your Mind: See a Show, 1995.

"Macbeth," Blow Your Mind: See a Show, 1995.

"One Man Show Dramatic: The Art of Steven Berkoff," Blow Your Mind: See a Show, 1995.


Music Videos:

Directed and/or worked as cinematographer on music videos for U2, the Rolling Stones, P J Harvey, Robbie Williams, Paul McCartney, Dusty Springfield, Natalie Imbruglia, Pet Shop Boys, Elton John, The Cure, David Stewart, Terry Hall, Orbital, UB40, and Coldplay.



Seamus McGarvey Website,, November 10, 2007.