David R Cairns

    I'm a documentary filmmaker based in London. I'm currently developing a feature documentary with the splendid people at Roast Beef, titled Going Home, about the children of Somali immigrants visiting their 'homeland' for the first time. I'm also working on a film about bikers in Kuala Lumpur. In October, my film Last Sunday screened on BBC Two in Scotland. It's a 30' single about attitudes to the Sabbath on the Isle of Lewis which I shot, directed and edited. In 2012 I shot and directed a First Cut for Channel Four, Birds Balls and Brighton. I have also worked as a shooting AP for C4 and ITV. I shot and directed a 9-minute short for BBC Scotland, Under the Surface, as part of Bridging the Gap. It was an official selection of the 2011 Edinburgh International Film Festival. I graduated in 2010 from the National Film and Television School documentary course and my film 'Tsirk' was shortlisted for Best Newcomer at the Grierson Awards that year and was an official selection at Sheffield Doc/Fest.

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David Cairns
rounsfell@gmail.com | +44 (0)7834 826 388
Shooting and editing documentary filmmaker based in London.

Recent work and credits

2014: Last Sunday (Dir/Edit/Camera). SDI Productions Ltd for BBC Scotland. 30' single obs doc about a religious community living on a remote Scottish island. TX date: 24/10/14

2013: There's Something About Susan (Assistant Producer). Firecracker Films for ITV 1. 60' single obs doc about reality TV star Susan Boyle. TX date: 12/12/2013.

2012: Birds, Balls and Brighton (Camera). Alleycats for Channel 4. I was the main camera operator for this 30' obs doc single about the nitty gritty of Championship football. TX date: 24/9/2012

2011: Geordies Overboard (Additional Camera). Windfall Films for Channel 4. Shot with Canon 305 and 5D for this comic obs doc series about a lifeboat in the north of England. TX dates: 7/12/2012, 14/12/2012

2011: Under the Surface (Dir/Camera). SDI Productions Ltd for BBC Scotland. Why would eight young men living in the same town all take their own lives in just one summer? TX date: Winter 2013

2009: Tsirk (Dir/Camera) NFTS/British Council. Alexei, a student clown, is our guide to the Moscow State Circus School, a crumbling Soviet relic and microcosm for the rise and fall of communism. Includes pratfalls. Screened at Sheffield DocFest 2010

Other jobs

2001 - 2004: BBC Radio Cleveland: Broadcast Journalist Worked on radio output making features and producing a thirty-programme doc series, part re-broadcast nationally by BBC 7. Worked on website writing features and making short films.

2004 - 2005: BBC World Service Trust: Freelance Trainer, Somalia Taught journalism to working journalists in Somalia and Somaliland.

2006 - 2009: ITN Online, The Sunday Times, The Week Freelance work as a sub editor.


Under the Surface, 2011 official selection: Edinburgh International Film Festival, Document 9 Human Rights Festival

Tsirk, 2009 official selection: DocFest Sheffield, London Russian Film Festival, Moscow British Film Festival, VGIK Festival Moscow.


2010: NFTS (National Film and Television School) MA Documentary Direction.