Kate is an award-winning cinematographer with a strong visual style and unique eye, who strives to put story at the heart of her cinematography, whether she is working in fiction or documentary, film or television.
Kate's work has screened in competition at international festivals including Sundance, Berlin and SXSW and she won the Underwire Award for Best Cinematography for the 2015 film Nazi Boots. Her documentary credits include Ava DuVernay's Venus Vs., the Emmy Award-winning TV series Years of Living Dangerously, and Karen Guthrie's critically acclaimed The Closer We Get.
Her work on British independent features includes Blooded ('Breathtaking cinematography' BIFF), Having You (starring Anna Friel and Romola Garai), and shooting 2nd Unit on Pathé's Africa United with Sean Bobbitt BSC. Earlier in her career, she worked as a camera assistant on features including Batman Begins, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and The Brothers Grimm.
Kate studied cinematography at the UK’s National Film and Television School, where she was the recipient of the Freddie Francis Scholarship. Prior to this, she studied the moving image during an inspirational year at the University of California, and has a background in photography, painting and drawing.
Kate is excited to collaborate with visionary filmmakers creating images that serve the story and resonate with audiences. The narratives she is drawn to centre on human experience, often demanding visceral, textured images full of feeling, which give an audience the emotional experience of the character’s world.
She is a member of the BSC (British Society of Cinematographers) and full voting member of BAFTA.
‘Boasting beautiful wintery photography by one-to-watch cinematographer Kate Reid’
- Little White Lies on Scrubber
‘Cinematographer Kate Reid does a terrific job in capturing the bleak beauty of the Isle of Mull’
- Screen Daily on Blooded
'Cinematographer Kate Reid captures the rugged beauty of the landscape'
- Time Out London on Blooded
WFTV Mentor Scheme Participant 2012-13
MA in Cinematography (Freddie Francis Scholarship)
National Film and Television School, 2005-2007
Film and Digital Media, and Photography
University of California, Santa Cruz, 2000-2001
BA (Hons) English Lit and Theatre Studies
Leeds University 1998-2002
Images (left to right) copyright of Robert Viglasky, Dave Watts, Marius Smuts and Colin Hutton. With great thanks for the reproduction of their images here.