Published on 31 August 2022 in Career

Working with a DoP: a Masterclass on Peaky Blinders with Anthony Byrne and Mathieu Plainfossé

The Directors UK Career Development team are thrilled to announce our latest online masterclass with acclaimed director Anthony Byrne and director of photography Mathieu Plainfossé, who will be discussing and dissecting their incredible work on the 6th and final season of hit-series Peaky Blinders.

We are also delighted to have on board Directors UK member (and mentor on the Directors UK Inspire programme) William McGregor, who will be moderating the session.

This masterclass will be taking place via Zoom on Tuesday 20 September from 19:30-21:00.

Anthony, Mathieu and William will be covering the full collaboration process between a director and a DOP; from establishing a working relationship and preparation, to lenses and lighting, to challenges such as adapting to different locations as well as actor performances and scheduling, and beyond.

We welcome attendees to send in a question they may have in advance of this session. Please send 1 question to [email protected] by Monday 12 September, and we will do our best to incorporate into the content of this masterclass.

All 6 seasons of Peaky Blinders are available to watch on BBC iPlayer.


BSL interpretation will be present throughout this session. If you have any questions or accessibility requirements, please contact [email protected].

By registering for this session you are committing to attend.

A Zoom link will be sent out to registered members prior to the event on Tuesday 20 September. We advise downloading Zoom to your device prior to joining the link for a better experience.

This session is open to Full and Associate members.

Do let us know if you have any feedback or suggestions.

About Anthony Byrne

Anthony Byrne is an Irish writer and director, best known for directing large scale international dramas.

After directing praised short films such as Clubbing, Freaky Deaky 10 to 1 and Meeting Che Guevara & the Man from Maybury Hill, he wrote and directed the 2005 film Short Order. The film was a critical hit and was nominated for seven IFTA Awards. In 2007, he followed this up with the comedy drama How About You.

Since then, Byrne has made a name for himself in television, directing dramas such as Single-Handed, Love/Hate, Mr Selfridge, The Last Kingdom, Silent Witness and Upstairs Downstairs. In 2016, Byrne received another IFTA nomination for directing the Amazon/BBC drama series Ripper Street.

Byrne was the director and co-writer of In Darkness in 2018 before going on to direct 12 episodes of BBC historical crime series Peaky Blinders, for which he received another IFTA nomination.

About Mathieu Plainfossé

Born and raised in Paris, Mathieu Plainfossé studied cinematography at EICAR film school in Paris from 2000 to 2002. After graduating he started working as a trainee camera assistant for French DoPs such as Guillaume Schiffman, Jean Pierre Sauvaire and Laurent Tangy.

After some years as a camera assistant, he transitioned to being a DoP focused on shooting Camerimage-nominated music videos, commercials and short films such as the Gerardmer-winning Habana in 2015.

In 2014 Mathieu moved to New York to pursue his career and has shot features films such as Radium Girls and The Iron Orchard which led him to being named by Variety magazine in their 10 cinematographers to watch in 2019.

Mathieu returned to Europe in 2019 and starting working on TV shows with his long-time collaborator Edouard Salier. He has been credited on two Netflix French shows (Mortel, La Revolution) before being called to work on the final season of Peaky Blinders.

About William McGregor

William McGregor is a writer and director of BAFTA award-winning Film and Television and Cannes Lion award-winning commercials.

William has directed the likes of Misfits, Poldark, His Dark Materials, and the forthcoming Netflix series Lockwood & Co.

William’s BIFA nominated and BAFTA Cymru winning debut feature, Gwen, premiered at TIFF in 2019.

William is currently in development on Smile, a vampire film for Netflix which is produced by Matt Reeves, as well as Gun Dog, a BFI backed rural revenge thriller.

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