James is from Hereford, England. He likes to skateboard and was even sponsored once upon a time. In 2012 James directed a short film called Two Dancers, which starred Carl Barat of The Libertines. The film was selected as one of five films to represent the East End Film Festival at the closing night gala in 2013 and earned him a place on the Directing Fiction MA at the UK’s National Film & Television School the following year.

While at the NFTS, James wrote and directed The Car Washer, Barry Glitter and festival favourite Ferris & The Fancy Pigeon. Now, having recently graduated from the NFTS, James lives in London and is in post-production on his debut feature film, Jellyfish.