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I am a freelance cinematographer. Below you can see a selection of my work.


I graduated from the National Film School in 2008, specialising in Cinematography. After a couple of years shooting shorts, music videos and commercials, I shot my first feature, Kelly+Victor in 2011. It was released in 2013 to strong reviews and recieved a BAFTA for 'Outstanding Debut' in 2014.

Since then I have shot a number of features.

For the latest updates, please visit my blog.

My IMDB page is here.

You can also find more of my work on my vimeo page.


Kelly + Victor

WINNER: 'Outstanding Debut', BAFTAs 2014

'With its stylishly underlit and washed-out palette, Kelly + Victor certainly looks striking. Evans and his cinematographer Piers McGrail share a painterly eye for both urban decay and rural landscape, often pausing to linger on small details in tight close-up. Liverpool landmarks such as Sefton Park and the Walker Art Gallery have never been so lovingly captured on film before'
Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

'Victor’s nature-boy inclinations are of a piece with the stylishly organic digital lensing by Piers McGrail'
Guy Lodge, Variety

'A very well shot and well acted drama'
'Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

'Kieran Evans and his cinematographer Piers McGrail shoot Liverpool with an alluring eeriness'
Anthony Quinn, The Independent

'The backdrop of Liverpool's decaying post-industrial landscape and the pubs, clubs and streets are vividly caught by Piers McGrail's camera'
Clive Botting, Huffington Post

Out of Here

'The film is also rather beautiful. Piers McGrail’s camera locates huge fish just beneath the surface of Dublin Bay, makes something of two escalators powering in complementary competition, and helps compose a final shot that is brilliant in its uncomplicated invention'
Donald Clarke, The Irish Times

'Piers McGrail’s cinematography finds appealing new things to do with Dublin. The film never looks or feels as if it were made on a micro-budget, although it was, in fact, crowd-funded'
Tara Brady, The Irish Times

The Canal

'A good-looking, sometimes completely terrifying haunted-house story.'
Sheila O'Malley, The Dissolve

'Piers McGrail's nuanced, moody cinematography brings out the best in writer-director Ivan Kavanagh's over-mannered but effectively creepy ghost story.'
Simon Abrams, Village Voice

'Kavanagh delivers haunting imagery mixed with stunning camerawork.'
Brad Miska, Bloody Disgusting