Stuart Shahid Bamforth is a BAFTA-winning film & TV director specialising in documentaries and factual programmes.
He has more than 15 years of terrestrial TV experience, having worked across many genres, ranging from the award-winning documentary Child Of Bethlehem about growing up in Palestine’s Occupied Territories, to MTV’s most successful format ever, Pimp My Ride!
He picked up a BAFTA for the ground-breaking youth news programme Nick News which broke the story of the boy who found the Brixton Nail Bomb, and reported with remarkable sensitivity on the plight of young Kosovan refugees making a new life in the UK.
Stuart’s passion lies in making original, accessible, relevant documentary films that empower their audience with their understanding of social history.
For the last 9 years, Stuart has been making films for the international charity Save The Children, working extensively in emergency situations in locations such as Afghanistan, post-earthquake Haiti, Gaza and South Sudan.
|Child Of Bethlehem
2000 years after the birth of local boy Jesus Christ, what’s it like growing up on the mean streets of Bethlehem today? Impeccably shot by Palestinian children themselves, these self-directed vignettes show what it’s like to fall in love, fly a kite, and build a garden in a refugee camp. Refraining from sensationalism, this film shows the human side of growing up in a war zone.
|Winner Best Documentary at Real To Reel Int. Film Festival|
Bjorn – A short comedy film with celebrity comedian Dom Joly for Save The Children’s Christmas Jumper fundraising campaign.
|Save The Children|
Brian – A short comedy film with celebrity comedian Dom Joly for Save The Children’s Christmas Jumper fundraising campaign.
|Save The Children|
|What Has Aid Ever Done For Anyone?
A short comedy film with celebrity comedians to highlight the case for Aid for the charity Save The Children. A successful viral hit reaching over half a million hits and nominated for the UK Social Media Communications Award.
|Save The Children|
Observational documentary about an 18 year-old, 2nd generation Pakistani boy growing up on a housing estate in East London, as the only male in an all-female household.
It tackles with both humour and honesty issues around ethnic and male identity, sexuality, adult responsibility, drug addiction, crime, religion (Islam) and language.
|Winner Audience Award, Raindance East Film Festival|
|Pimp My Ride UK
Top rating extreme car-makeover series presented by legendary DJ Tim Westwood. MTV’s most successful show ever. Commissioned by Channel 5. Holler!
‘Desert Island Discs for TV’. Beautifully shot, amazing treatment of archive, and presenter Jayne Middlemiss probes guests – inc. Juliette Lewis, Scissor Sisters, Enrique Iglesias, Shane Richie and David Gest – about the tracks of their lives.
Initial/Endemol for ITV1.
|Watch Scissor Sisters episode|
|Get In The Picture
Documentary looking at under-represented ethnic minorities in the British film industry. Presented by Channel 4’s June Sarpong, and featuring Gurinder Chadha, David Oyewolo (pictured), Naomie Harris & Nitin Sawhney.
|UK Film Council/Working Title Films.|
4 short documentary films about the life of Elvis Presley as part of a Saturday night show (+7 millions viewers) for ITV1.
|A Forum With Tony Blair: Is War The Answer?
A history of the build-up to the then imminent war with Iraq. Broadcast on MTV worldwide on the eve of the declaration of war.
|De-Coded: The Making Of Matrix Reloaded
Documentary on the Matrix phenomenon, its hidden meanings, cultural significance, and the long awaited sequel. Interviews with Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, etc. The highest rating show of the year (after Michael Jackson interview) on Channel 5.
1-hour observational documentary about life on an East End estate through the eyes of a gang of Bangladeshi Muslim youth. Commissioned by Richard Klein for BBC2.
A revelationary fly-on-the-road radio documentary looking at the rock scene in contemporary India. Sony Gold Award winner Bobby Friction comes to terms with the biggest, heaviest and hairiest of Indian rockers!