British cinematographer Lol Crawley gained his first feature film credit on Lance Hammer’s BALLAST, which won an Excellence in Cinematography award at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. BALLAST went on to play in competition at the Berlin Film Festival and over 30 other international film festivals, winning further awards and intense critical praise. 2008 also saw the release of Lol’s second feature as DP with the UK-produced feature BETTER THINGS. The film was invited to premier in the prestigious Critics’ Week section of the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and went on to play in competition at the Edinburgh and Toronto International Film Festivals.
Crawley’s credits also include the highly acclaimed short films FIELD and LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME ALONE, both directed by Duane Hopkins. These films won over twenty awards on the international film festival circuit including the Gold Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival and Best British Short Film at Edinburgh.
In November 2008, Lol was named one of 10 “Cinematographers to Watch” in Variety and was nominated in the Best Cinematography category at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards for his work on BALLAST.