Richard Loncraine studied sculpture at the Central School of Art before attending the Royal College of Art Film School. He made his first network TV documentary, “The Most Beautiful Hotel in the World” with Alan Wicker while still at film school.
At twenty two he was he youngest director working in British television. After graduating he spent three years at the BBC in the Science and Features department before moving into advertising in 1974. He directed over six hundred commercials during his thirty year partnership with James Garrett and directed his first feature film, “Slade in Flame” in 1975. During his life he has alternated between directing feature films and television productions.
Loncraine was a founding partner in Kaleidoscope Cameras – the UK based camera effects company that designed and built the game changing Hot Head. The Hot Head was the original remote controlled camera head for which he and his partners were awarded a technical Oscar.
In 2010, he joined Patrick Uden in London and Toby Evetts in Los Angeles, and Simon Reeves, as a like-minded group of expert professionals dedicated to producing great apps for tablet devices in the emergent media of IOS app design, through Heuristic Media.1
He was awarded the Silver Bear at Berlin in 1995 for his direction of “Richard III” staring Sir Ian McKellen, an Emmy for his direction of HBO’s miniseries, “Band of Brothers” in 2001, and a Golden Globe for “The Gathering Storm” in 2002, staring Albert Finney.