Simon Bowles is a British production designer who has worked with directors Amma Asante, Oliver Parker, Roger Michell, Edgar Wright, James Watkins and Neil Marshall.
Bowles came to the film industry from theatre where he trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. In 1999 Bowles was nominated for Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards.
Bowles designed the underground maze of caves built at Pinewood Studios for The Descent, which won accolades at the Evening Standard British Film Awards, Empire Awards, British Independent Film Awards and Philadelphia Film Festival. Reviews credited to Bowles such as “Simon Bowles’ beautifully designed cave sets conjure a world of subterranean darkness”.
In 2012 Bowles designed Roger Michell's "Hyde Park on Hudson" set in 1930's Upstate New York about a British royal family visiting the USA and their stay with Franklin Roosevelt, played by Bill Murray, shot entirely in the UK. Bowles's work was mentioned in reviews; "handsomely decked out with a sharp eye for telling eye for production design" by Todd McCarthy in the Hollywood Reporter and "Hyde Park on Hudson boasts top-notch production design" by Geoffrey Macnabb in The Independent and "excellent production design from Simon Bowles completes this dreamy, impeccable film" by Clare Stuart, BFI. Bowles went on to win the British Film Designers Guild award for his design of this film.
Bowles designed Amma Asante's "Belle" set in 18th century Kenwood House, London and in 2014 designed Mathew Warchus film "Pride" about English gay and lesbian group supporting the striking miners in the 1980s. Both films received rave reviews and many awards including Best Feature Film at the 2014 British Independent Film Awards and nominations at the 2015 BAFTA awards for Pride.
In 2013/2014 Simon Bowles was the elected chairman of The British Film Designers Guild which represents and promotes the creative talent of Production Designers and the art department in the British film industry.
Simon Bowles worked with Amma Asante again on "A United Kingdom" which tells the true story of the relationship between Seretse Khama, the chief to be of the Bamangwato tribe in the British colony of Bechuanaland in the late 1940s, and a white, middle-class Englishwoman, Ruth Williams. It stars David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike directed by Amma Asante produced by Rick McCallum. It was released in the United Kingdom in November 2016. It’s American release is in February 2017.
Feature Films -
A UNITED KINGDOM director Amma Asante, producers Rick McCallum & Peter Heslop. Pathé Films. Premiered at TIFF '16.
(Simon Bowles was nominated for his work on this film in the category Best Production Design at the British Film Designers Guild awards 2017)
DAD'S ARMY director Oliver Parker, producer Damian Jones. Universal Pictures/British Film Company. 2016.
SPOOKS: THE GREATER GOOD / MI-5 director Bharat Nalluri, producer Ollie Madden. Shine Films. 2015.
PRIDE director Matthew Warchus, producer David Livingstone. Pathé Films/BFI/BBC Films. 2014.
(Won Best British Independant Film at the British Independant Film awards. Also nominated for Golden Globe and BAFTA awards)
BELLE director Amma Asante, producer Damian Jones. Head Gear Films/Pinewood Films. 2014 by Fox Searchlight.
(Simon Bowles was nominated for his work on this film in the category Best Production Design at the British Film Designers Guild awards 2014)
HYDE PARK ON HUDSON director Roger Michell, producers Kevin Loader & David Aukin. Focus Features. 2012
(Simon Bowles won the British Film Designers Guild award for Best Production Design in an Independant Feature 2013)
CENTURION director Neil Marshall, producer Christian Colson. Celador Films/Pathe. 2010
THE DESCENT: PART 2 director John Harris, producer Christian Colson. Celador Films. 2009
EDEN LAKE director James Watkins, producers Christian Colson & Richard Holmes. Celador Films. 2008.
(Won Best Horror Film at the Empire Film Awards)
DOOMSDAY director Neil Marshall, producers Benedict Carver & Steven Paul. Rogue Films/Universal. 2008
STRAIGHTHEADS director Dan Reed, producers Kevin Loader & Damian Jones. Mascot Films. 2007
THE DESCENT director Neil Marshall, producer Christian Colson. Celador Films. 2005
(Won Best British Film at Empire Awards 2005. Won Best Horror at Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films 2006. Won, British Independent Film at the British Independant Film Awards 2005.)
COLD AND DARK director Andrew Goth, producer Joanne Reay. ColdFilms. 2005
DOG SOLDIERS director Neil Marshall, producers Christopher Figg & Tom Reeve. Noel Gay Productions/Pathe. 2002
THE ENEMY director Tom Kinnenmont, producer Tom Reeve. Promark/HBO. 2001
LIGHTHOUSE director Simon Hunter, producers Tim Dennison & Mark Leake. Lighthouse Productions. 1999.
(Simon Bowles nominated for Best Newcomer at British Independant Film Awards)
FISTFUL OF FINGERS director Edgar Wright, producers Daniel Figuero & Zigy Kamasa. Scorpio Productions. 1995
HEINZ "Blending" director James Rouse for Outsider
HULA HOOPS "Bank Robber" director Jim Gilchrist for Outsider
XEROX director James Rouse for Corner Shop
EUROMILLIONS "Lights" & "Mosquito" director James Rouse for Outsider
McDONALD'S ‘Good Times’ director James Rouse for Outsider
SAINSBURY'S CHRISTMAS COMMERCIAL 2015 ‘Mog’ director James Rouse for Outsider
(Simon Bowles won the 2016 British Arrows Craft Award in Production Design for this project)
DENHAM JEANS ‘Jeansmaker’ director Hugo Keijzer for Mike Teevee, Amsterdam
NESCAFE ‘The Keeper’ director Adam Berg for Stink
NHS FOR SKY INTERACTIVE director Simon Tate for Dair
N-POWER director Elliot Hegarty for Infinity
TELEGRAPH ‘Commuter’ director Alex Turner for Infinity
COCA COLA ‘Five Alive’ director Simon Hunter for Infinity
KELLOGS ‘Crunchy Nut Cornflakes’ director Elliot Hegarty for Infinity
TELEGRAPH ‘Damian Rice’ director Alex Turner for Infinity
ROYAL SUN ALLIANCE ‘More Than’ director Simon Hunter for Infinity
WIZARD BROOKS director Simon Hunter for Infinity
NEW WOMAN director Martin Werner for Stink
AGE CONCERN director Simon Hunter for Infinity
RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL director Simon Hunter for Infinity
THE LINK director Simon Hunter for Infinity
LIONS CAKES 'Happy Landings' director Simon Hunter for Infinity
RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL director Simon Hunter for Infinity
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