Chris Leslie - Scottish BAFTA Award Winning Photographer / Filmmaker

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Scottish BAFTA Award winning Documentary Filmmaker, Photographer, Visual Artist

Chris Leslie is a BAFTA Scotland award winning Documentary Filmmaker, Photographer and Visual Artist located in Glasgow, Scotland.

In 2010 he gained a distinction award for a Masters in Documentary Photography course for his project – Hope, memories, loss and community – telling hidden stories of regeneration throughout Glasgow – he continues that work today with his long-term multimedia project – The Glasgow Renaissance.

Out-with Glasgow and the UK he travels across the world documenting a range of social and healthcare issues for a range of International NGO’s and charities as well as TV and news, including documenting post earthquake Haiti for CNN, as well as working on a long term project of documenting state institutions for children across Eastern Europe. He has shot, directed and produced short films for a range of corporate and charity clients, including the Big Lottery Fund, British Red Cross, Help the Aged and Glasgow Life.

In 2014 he received two BAFTA Scotland (New Talent) awards – Best Factual and Best New Work for his first feature length documentary: Finding Family. He was also awarded a SRC Media Award in the broadcast category for this short film – The Bird Man of Red Road.

As a visual artist he has also exhibited photography, multimedia and social documentary projects across the UK and Europe in a range of venues from the House of Commons in London to the Barra’s Market in Glasgow. In 2012 he designed a projection of timelapse documenting state institutions for children in Eastern Europe that was exhibited at the European Parliament in Brussels. He has been commissioned to work on several artist residencies by Glasgow Life, Glasgow Film and North Lanarkshire Council.

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Documentary photography from across the world for a range of NGO / Charity Clients and long term photography projects documenting State Institutions for Children in Eastern Europe, Post conflict survival in the Balkans and regeneration in Glasgow. Browse the galleries below.


  • Post conflict: Documenting the aftermath of Genocide and Conflict in Africa for the survivors and the children. In Rwanda, child headed households were everywhere: children looking after children because all the adults in the their lives are dead. In Sierra Leone and Sudan, tens of thousands of children waited in displacement camps as they were separated from their parents. In South Africa, grandmothers care for their grandchildren as all their own siblings have died from AIDS.


India and Nepal

  • NGO DOCUMENTARY PROJECTS: Documenting the work of Help The Aged, supporting a vulnerable elderly population across India, from the slums in Delhi to the Tsunami affected coastal areas. In a small town called Mathura, birthplace of Lord Krishna, over 5000 widows are given support and shelter in return for chanting 'Hare Krishna' 4 times daily in one of the many temples. As well as the widows, there is a small number of western pilgrams. In Nepal the documentation included that of child labourers and street children living in the remote area of Pokhara.


  • Enter the Balkans: Chris worked as a social reconstruction project volunteer project in war torn Pakrac, Croatia in 1996. The town was 90% destroyed and divided - all the Serbs had fled leaving behind a small elderly population, too old and stubborn to let fear move them. The fields surrounding the town were littered with landmines, occasionally being triggered by foxes and dogs. For the next 6 months this was home, his first outset into photography and an experience that would shape Chris's documentary work.


  • The aftermath of the conflict in Kosovo: A 4-day assignment in Pristina, Prizen and Mitrovica. Social and family breakdown is rife throughout Kosovo as people come to terms with high unemployment, trauma, and post traumatic stress. Young girls at risk of trafficking are cared for in supported shelters. Roma community villages are surrounded and protected by NATO troops to fend off attack from ethnic Albanians who claim the Roma sided with the Serbs during the conflict. Thousands of people are still unaccounted for, missing, presumed dead – their fading images stamped on posters throughout the major towns and cities.

Glasgow Renaissance

  • Photography and multimedia project that documents Glasgow as it undergoes a widescale regeneration project: Amidst this ‘Glasgow Renaissance’ whole communities, housing schemes and areas are disappearing. From the demolition of Stalinist post war high rise flats, to the levelling of Dalmarnock the death of the ‘old’ is in full swing.

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Sarajevo – Before / After

  • 1996 - 2012: Photographing from the same spot over a 10-16 year period in Sarajevo


  • One million children live in state institutions in Europe: Labeled by many people as 'orphanages' - Eastern Europe littered with these institutions, where poverty and a poorly resourced or no existent social care system forces parents to abandon their children with the old communist doctrine that the state will care for them. The photographs above are from Romania, Ukraine, Moldova and Bulgaria.


  • SLIDESHOW: Photographs taken from the archive collection from Sarajevo 1996 - 2012


Feature length Documentary and short films directed and filmed by Chris Leslie.

Finding Family

  • Feature Length Documentary: Capturing one orphan’s extraordinary journey as he heads back to Bosnia 20 years on from the snipers and shelling in search of answers from his long lost family. Currently negotiating broadcast.

The Bird Man of Red Road

  • Short Film: Built in 1967, the Red Road flats in Glasgow were once home to over 4500 people. Now most of the blocks have been emptied and demolition has already begun. Jamal Hamad, a failed Iraqi Kurdish asylum seeker, has lived alone in one block for several months. The demolition company are keen to move on with the demolition preparation but Jamal is refusing to move. If he does move out, he fears eviction from the UK- and if he returns to his homeland, as instructed by the UK Border Agency, he believes he will be killed- just like his parents and brothers several years ago. Living in the block alone is dangerous; but Jamal sees no other choice.


  • DOCUMENTARY CAMPAIGN FILM: Commissioned by British Red Cross and Scottish Refugee Council this short film follows the lives of 3 destitute asylum seekers over a 9 month period in Glasgow. The film was used for a nationwide campaign calling for an end to destitution of failed asylum seekers.



Combining photography with audio and/or video to create engaging short films.

55 & 75 Plean St

  • Multimedia Short Film : Documents using photography, audio and timelapse photography the demolition of two high rise flats in Scostoun, Glasgow from Summer to Winter 2010

The Oatlands

  • MA Multimedia short film: documents the disappearance and rebuilding of the Oatlands housing scheme in the south of the Glasgow.

Red Road Underground

  • Multimedia Short Film: Documents the last days of Glasgow’s iconic Red Road Flats in the form of a ‘hidden’ underground bingo hall and a nautically themed bar called The Brig.

Paddy’s Market

  • MA Multimedia short film: Documents the fight to save the historic flea market in the city centre over a year long period


Specialising in production of charity films - from concept, to filming and directing, to editing.


Charity Films Showreel

  • CLIENTS:: Big Lottery Fund, Help The Aged, British Red Cross, Scottish Refugee Council, Lumos, Mary's Meals


  • DOCUMENTARY CAMPAIGN FILM: Commission by British Red Cross and Scottish Refugee Council this short film follows the lives of 3 destitute asylum seekers over a 9 month period in Glasgow. The film was used for a nationwide campaign calling for an end to destitution of failed asylum seekers.


Specialising in production of corporate films - from concept, to filming and directing, to editing.

Now Your Turn Glasgow

The Art of Brewing

  • WEST Brewery: Short web based film promoting the Brewery as a unique wedding venue


  • PRODUCTION BY Location camera by Chris Leslie

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