JFS directing Stag

Jim Field Smith is a BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe nominated director, writer and producer, and the co-founder, with George Kay, of the production company Idiotlamp. They are the creators and producers of the Netflix original drama series CRIMINAL, which Jim directs, the second season of which launched in September 2020.

Jim is also director and executive producer of the Amazon Prime series TRUTH SEEKERS, co-created by and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

Jim’s film directing credits include the major motion picture SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE for Dreamworks / Paramount, starring Jay Baruchel and Alice Eve, and the satirical comedy BUTTER, starring Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman and Olivia Wilde.

Jim co-created, wrote, produced and directed the BBC series STAG. Prior to that he produced and directed both seasons of THE WRONG MANS for BBC/Hulu, nominated for three BAFTAs and winning an RTS Award. Jim is the originating director and executive producer of DEFENDING THE GUILTY (Big Talk for BBC), and also directed the pilot for the Channel 4 series HOME. His other TV credits include WRECKED (TBS), EPISODES (Showtime/BBC), and ENDEAVOUR (ITV/PBS).

Jim’s short films include “Goodbye to the Normals”, “Where Have I Been All Your Life?” and “Missing Moscow”.

He has directed numerous award-winning commercials in the UK, US and Europe for clients such as The Grammys, Galaxy, Gerber, Cow & Gate and Heinz.

His writing credits include the aforementioned STAG, co-written with George Kay; he contributed several episodes, co-written with Rufus Jones, to the cult adult puppet show FUR TV for MTV, and also wrote two series of his own BBC Radio 4 sitcom DEEP TROUBLE, which he co-created and performed with Ben Willbond. As an actor, he has appeared in several British TV comedy shows, including COUPLING, THE ROBINSONS, MY LIFE IN FILM and SNUFFBOX, as well as numerous commercials and voiceovers.

In a previous life, Jim wrote and performed with sketch group Dutch Elm Conservatoire, who were nominated for the Perrier Award in 2005 and staged sell-out shows in Edinburgh, the West End and a national tour.

Jim graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2001 with a degree in Politics and International Studies.

He is a member of the DGA, WGA, BAFTA and Directors UK.