Haider Zafar

In 1993 I watched dinosaurs walk the earth.

Jurassic Park opened my eyes to a digital world of possibility & I became enticed to CGI (Computer Generated Imagery).

At 13 my father purchased our first digital camcorder & I became the resident filmmaker capturing all the family gatherings, with sweeping camera moves that Michael Bay would be proud of.

During my (Physics, Chemistry & Computing) A Levels I spent any free time making short films & Light Saber battles, editing on my PC purchased for my homework.

I went on to study a BA (Hons) in Creative Visualisation at the University of Teesside, followed by a successful career in Architectural Visualisation.

During my 4 years at PRP Architects I continued making short films, then took the leap into the world of freelancing - this Catapulted my filmmaking passions in directing & cinematography.

Several shorts later (including one that’s gained over 2 Million Views on YouTube), I made my feature film cinematography debut in 2011. ‘The Rise & Fall of a White Collar Hooligan’ starring Nick Nevern (Riviera) about credit card fraud & football hooliganism.

This successful straight to DVD movie lead to working with the likes of Danny Dyer (Eastenders), Roxanne McKee (Game of Thrones), Vincent Regan (Aquaman 2), Alistair Petrie (Sex Education), Emma Samms (Doctors), Jason Flemyng (Pennyworth) & Martin Kemp( Spandau Ballet).

These indie features led to an amazing opportunity to photograph the Urdu language feature ‘My Pure Land’, a feminist western set in Pakistan with Sarmad Masud (You Don’t Know Me) & Bill Kenwright Films. 

It was the UK’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards 2018, premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017 and also selected for the Stockholm, Macao & Dubai International Film Festivals.

The same year I was awarded Best Cinematography for horror drama, Dark Beacon at the Wales International Film Festival.

Amidst the pandemic I’ve been fortunate to have completed 5 shorts and my 4th collaboration with Director Marcus Flemmings’ transatlantic feature, ‘BLONDE.Purple’ releasing this Winter.