Archie Powell


Archie Powell is an RTS-nominated documentary film-maker specializing in Arts, History and Specialist Factual programmes.  Working with the some of the documentary industry’s best DOPs, editors and composers, Archie has directed everything from multi-camera performances, drama shorts, self-shooting access docs, to drama recon films. 

Experienced in closely scripted documentary making, Archie is particularly strong in visual storytelling, use of music and working with actors. He has made films for BBC, ITV1, ITV2, Channel 4 and Sky, all from pre-production to delivery, and has produced and directed work for PBS and Reelz in the US.

A creative and sympathetic collaborator with some of the country’s most prestigious and demanding talent and contributors, he has made several episodes of the BAFTA Award winning series, Who Do You Think You Are? as well as over 20 South Bank Show films.  His 2013 documentary on Grime, Bow and UK Hip-Hop was the first ever Sky Arts South Bank documentary to be nominated for an RTS Award

During nearly 20 years of directing, Archie has been held up by armed police in a Rio Favela, been locked in a strong room with Alan Bennett, got lost in East Berlin with Nick Cave and swam in a thermal lake with Bjork – mostly with the consent of the artists.