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My name is JAMES SPINNEYI’m a musician and filmmaker based in South London.

As a composer, my soundtracks include the BAFTA nominated feature film NOTES ON BLINDNESS, the Grierson award winning short LANDLINE and the forthcoming Netflix Original feature APOLLO THIRTEEN: SURVIVAL.

As a writer-director, my work includes NOTES OF BLINDNESS and the Emmy nominated feature THE REAL CHARLIE CHAPLIN.

I’m one third of FEE FIE FOE.
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Apollo Thirteen Survival
Apollo Thirteen: Survival. Original music by James Spinney


Directed by Peter Middleton

Original music by James Spinney

I composed the music for Peter Middleton's documentary feature following NASA's imperilled 1970 lunar voyage which became one of history's great survival stories.


Premiered at CPH:DOX 2024.


2024 | 96mins

Notes on Blindness


Written and directed by Peter Middleton and James Spinney

Original music by James Ewers and James Spinney

A feature documentary charting the theologian John Hull's discovery of a world beyond sight.

"Genius... a beautiful, accessible and thoughtful work of art."

The Guardian, Charlie Phillips 

"A visionary, lyrical film"

The Times, Kate Muir

"Articulate, eloquent and soul-searching"

Observer, Film of the Week, Mark Kermode

"Magnificent... extraordinary eloquence, precision and poetic sensitivity"

New York Times, Critics’ Pick, Stephen Holden

Premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival

Released by Curzon Artificial Eye in UK cinemas

Winner of a BIFA for Best Documentary (nominated in six categories)

Nominated for three BAFTAs (Best Documentary, Best Debut and Outstanding British Film)

Winner of a Peabody award (for the accompanying VR experience "Into Darkness")

Winner of an Emmy award (for the short film version, published by NYT Op-Docs)

Distributed in the UK by CURZON ARTIFICIAL EYE

2016 | 86 mins



Directed by Matt Houghton

Original music by James Spinney

A short documentary about an LGBTQ+ helpline for people isolated in rural areas of the UK.

Winner of the Grierson Award for Best Documentary Short

Winner of the HBO Short Documentary Award

Nominated for Best Documentary at LSFF, Open City Docs and Berlin British Shorts

A Vimeo Best Of The Year 2019 

2019 | 12 mins

The Real Charlie Chaplin


Written and directed by Peter Middleton and James Spinney

Co-written by Oliver Kindeberg

A contemporary take on cinema’s most iconic figure.

"This film piercingly asks the right questions about Chaplin’s elusive reality."

The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw

"This inventive documentary… provides a gripping, clear-eyed overview of Chaplin’s life and work."

The Observer - Film of the Week, Mark Kermode. 

"Fascinating… exhaustively researched and intellectually stimulating."

The Times, Kevin Maher

"An honest and superbly made documentary."

Film Review, Mansel Stimpson

Premiered at the Telluride International Film Festival

Released by Altitude in UK cinemas and Universal Pictures worldwide

Nominated for three Critics' Choice Documentary Awards

Nominated for two Emmy Awards

Made with the support of BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE, FILM4 and SHOWTIME

Sales and distribution by ALTITUDE FILM

2021 | 114 mins


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