Ula Pontikos’ first feature 'Weekend' premiered at SWSX in March 2011 and became an instant hit, scooping the Audience Award. By the end of the year the film had picked up over 20 international awards. It also appeared in many critics 'Best of 2011' lists.
Since then Ula won the Sundance Cinematography Award in 2014 for her second feature 'Lilting' (Hong Khou’s directorial debut). Other credits include ‘Second Coming’ starring Idris Elba and Nadine Marshall, directed by Debbie Tucker Green.
As well as features, Ula has set the look of numerous TV dramas including critically acclaimed Humans and Marcella.
In 2015 Ula was invited to join the British Society of Cinematographers.
Currently Ula is working on completing the latest project “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”. Based on the memoir by British actor Peter Turner, the movie follows three year relationship between Turner (Jamie Bell) and the eccentric Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening), who rose to fame in the 1940s.
The film is directed by Paul McGuigan and produced by Barbara Broccoli and Colin Vaines.
Apart from working on long form projects, Ula is also shooting commercials.
FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL
Director: Paul McGuigan
Producers: Barbara Broccoli and Colin Vaines
Director: Debbie Tucker Green
Producer: Hillbilly Films
Nominated Outstanding British Debut BAFTA 2016
Director: Hong Khao
Producer: Stink Films & BBC Films
Winner, Best Cinematography, Sundance Film Festival (2014)
Director: Andrew Haigh
Producer: Glendale Pictures
Winner, Emerging Visions, SXSW Film Festival (2011)
Winner, Best Achievement in Production, BIFA Awards (2011)
MARCELLA - ITV
Director: Charles Martin
Producer: Buccaneer Media
HUMANS - Channel 4
Director: Sam Donovan
Producer: Kudos Ltd & AMC
Nominated Best Television Series BAFTA 2016
THE GAME - BBC Two
Director: Niall MacCormick
Producer: BBC Worldwide
GLUE - E4
Directors: Daniel Nettheim & Olly Blackburn
Producer: Eleven Films & Channel 4
RUN - Channel 4
Director: Charles Martin
Producer: Channel 4 & Acme Films
HOLD ON ME
Director: Samuel Abraham
Director: Rupert Raby
Producer: JBC Production
Winner, Best Cinematography, Fuji film Shorts Competition (2011)
I DO AIR
Director: Martina Amati
Producer: Cowboy Films
Winner, Best Short Film, BAFTA Awards (2010)
Nominated, Best Short Film, Berlin Film Festival (2010)
DEAR MR QUISVTGAARD "Agi and Sam"
BARRY DYER Voices of 4
TOM GREEN Skoda, PSA "Oversharing"
LIZ UNNA Nestle
ROB BLISHEN Lexus Sponsors Drama
LINDA BROWNLEE Lloyds Bank, Barclays Bank
MAX WEILAND BBC3
KEITH MCCARTHY Humans Promo
ANDREW LANG Rexona
AL MACKAY British Transport Police, Transport for London
NEIL GORRINGE Glue promo
TRISTAN PATTERSON Fifa
RAFAEL LOPEZ Google
JENNY ASH Remembrance Ident
TIM GODSALL Southern Comfort
PAUL GAY British heart Foundation, Clique Promo
MIKE MAGUIRE Ikea
ADAM RANDALL Home Office
KIM GEHRIG Ballantines
MARCUS SODERLUND McLaren
SAUL DIBB Kids Town
AMANDA BOYLE Mulberry
OLLY BLACKBURN Erbitux
NIALL O’BRIEN Simone Rocha, RAF
MATT HOUGHTON Landrover, Virgin Galactic
ROLLO HOLLINS Sprint
ED MORRIS Virgin Media
LIZ MURPHY Nutella
DEAR MR QUISVTGAARD "Radical Hardcore"
OLIVER GROULX Fryars “On My Own”
JAMES LEES Elisa Jo “Defeated”
CORIN HARDY Devlin “Watch tower”, Horrible Crowes “Behold the Hurricane”, John Newman “Losing Sleep”
EMIL NAVA Ed Sheeran “Lego House”