Richard is a British director, producer, lighting cameraman and presenter with 30 years experience working in documentary, drama and commercial television. His training began in earnest as a film camera assistant at the BBC's highly respected and professional film unit, based in Ealing Studios London and served under Oscar and BAFTA winning directors and cameramen.
Premiered on Netflix worldwide February 2017, Richard directed and produced the independent documentary ‘Cut from a Different Cloth’ (60min). The film focuses on Superdry founders Julian Dunkerton and James Holder as they team up with actor Idris Elba to launch their first premium fashion line.
This observational film provides a rare and entertaining glimpse inside a fashion empire’s bid for global domination with full collaboration from the award-winning British actor. It is also the story of a company that breaks all the rules, confounds the critics and beats the competition in the process.
The transition from cameraman to 'filmmaker' began in 2008. After having already proved himself a well-established lighting cameraman, Richard took on the challenge of single-handedly directing, filming and presenting the internationally successful six-part documentary series 'Stranger Among Bears' for Firecracker Films and Animal Planet.
He returned the following year as lone filmmaker to The Katmai Coast, an even more remote part of Alaska, based only in a tent and having to completely rely on a solar panel to charge batteries, in the midst of dozens of giant Brown Bears, to film and produce his next project 'Alone Among Grizzlies'. He returned home, not without scars, having made moving and beautifully filmed yet raw and engaging programs, repeatedly broadcast worldwide on Animal Planet Discovery (2x1hr episodes) and Channel 5 UK (90min feature) with impressive primetime viewing figures.
It has been said often that as a director, Richard's personal skills and warmth are of huge benefit when attempting to bring out on screen the full potential and depth of character from those he is filming.
From 2013-17 Richard was contracted as film producer, director and lighting cameraman to British clothing brand Superdry, making glossy promotional films for the rapidly expanding global company for their large in-store screens, website and social media. Whilst there he filmed and produced Superdry's first UK cinema advert ‘Skin’.
Richard appeared as a popular guest presenter on the Alan Titchmarsh Show for ITV1 giving photography tips on location and live studio. He co-hosted both the Bristol Wildscreen Film festival's 2012 Panda Awards and Wildtalk Africa's 2011 ROSCA Awards ceremonies.
Richard is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Co-produced by Woodcut Media and Green Door Pictures, executive producer for Green Door Nicholas Yearwood, quoted in Realscreen, said, “With this film, director Richard Terry has delivered an amazing behind-the-scenes insight into the inner workings of one of the world’s most iconic brands, Superdry, and its people.” Executive producer for Woodcut Derren Lawford stated, “The film presents a side of Idris never seen on television before, that of designer and entrepreneur.”
Wildlife Documentary Filmmaker
Richard has caught the attention of numerous international production companies who recognise a niche in the documentary market for a charismatic and honest filmmaker with both drama and documentary backgrounds, who can quickly adapt to living in wild and hostile environments along with being perfectly at ease in a metropolis.
Adventurer & Presenter
From 2010 -12 Richard explored life on the other side of the camera, hosting his own show 'Man v Monster' for National Geographic produced by Optomen US .
He made 9 x 1 hour episodes of an action packed, gritty, adventure and travel wildlife series that investigated legends and tested the truths of some of the most feared and cryptic species that exist on Earth. In his search for real monsters, Richard had to contend with natural obstacles, theoretical dead-ends and other fearsome creatures, forcing him out of his comfort zone and into the realm of his intended target. The hit series premiered in the US in October 2012 and then transmitted globally both on Nat Geo Wild and National Geographic channels from December 2012.
In this compelling and emotional film, he lived for six months in a remote cabin in the Alaskan interior with Charlie Vandergaw, a 70 year old recluse and in the company of wild Grizzly and Black Bears. All this with the added pressure of knowing that Alaskan authorities headed by then governor Sarah Palin, were closing in on Charlie to both shut down his operation and to prosecute. Richard was also asked by the American network to film himself, becoming an integral part of the story telling process. His open and engaging personality and style of storytelling, allows an audience to feel as though they are experiencing the adventure alongside him. Richard believes this film inspired the creation of the BBC series 'The Bear Family and Me'