James Oakley

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James Oakley
Born United States
Nationality American
Occupation Film director, producer, writer
Years active 2005–present

James E. Oakley is an American film director, producer and writer. He made his feature film directing debut with The Devil You Know (2005). His second upcoming feature film The Con is On is currently in post-production.


In 2005, Oakley directed his first feature film The Devil You Know starring Dean Winters, Rosamund Pike, Lena Olin and then aspiring actress Jennifer Lawrence. However, the film was never released until its video on demand release on July 9, 2013.[1] On film concept and idea, Oakley said, "I went to American Film Institute to the directing program and found it very restrictive. Although in hindsight, I probably should not have found it that way. I met my whole team there—the director of photography, the writer, the producer, the set designers—and we wanted to make a feature quickly out of the program. The writer had an idea that seemed interesting. So, we started putting it together."[2] Oakley describes Mildred Pierce as his inspiration behind the film.[2]

In 2013, Oakley co-wrote the screenplay for The Brits Are Coming with Alex Michaelides.[3] On May 14, 2015, it was announced that Uma Thurman would star in the film, with Oakley directing.[4] Oakley described the film as a "heist comedy" and said it was like "The Palm Beach Story meets A Fish Called Wanda".[5] It also features an ensemble cast of Kristin Chenoweth, Tim Roth, Alice Eve, Sofía Vergara, Maggie Q, Parker Posey and Stephen Fry.[3][6][7]


He is the stepson of Jimmy Haslam since his mother Dee Bagwell remarried.


Feature films[edit]

Short films[edit]

  • Alice (2005)


  1. ^ Chris E. Haymer (June 24, 2013). "Jennifer Lawrence's lost movie 'The Devil You Know' releasing after 7 years – Zap2it". Blog.zap2it.com. Retrieved December 24, 2013.
  2. ^ a b David Armstrong (July 15, 2013). "David Armstrong interviews James Oakley". interviewmagazine.com. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  3. ^ a b D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 27, 2015). "Tim Roth, Sofia Vergara, Parker Posey & More Join 'The Brits Are Coming'". deadline.com. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  4. ^ McClintock, Pamela (May 14, 2015). "Cannes: Uma Thurman to Star in Comedy 'The Brits Are Coming' (Exclusive)". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  5. ^ Sarah Ruffin (March 19, 2015). "Fleeing the sunny Southern gentility of his childhood, a budding film director turns a New York house into a louche fantasy". The New York Times. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (August 27, 2015). "Sofia Vergara Joins Uma Thurman's Heist Comedy 'The Brits Are Coming'". variety.com. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  7. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony. "Tim Roth, Sofia Vergara, Parker Posey & More Join 'The Brits Are Coming'". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-02-07.

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