James Bradley ASE studied filmmaking in the late 1970s at the Tasmanian School Of Art under the inspirational Surrealist painter and filmmaker Dusan Marek.
After making several grant-funded dramas, he began his career as an editor on TV series, music videos, corporate films, documentaries and short dramas.
James shared the 1994 AFI Best Documentary award for 50 Years of Silence and in 1998 was nominated for the AFI Editing award for the feature film Radiance.
James has edited numerous award-winning documentaries, many on Indigenous subjects, including 5 Seasons, Mr Patterns, Dhakiyarr vs The King, In My Father's Country, and art + soul.
In 2005, James won the AFI Award for Best Non-Feature Editing for Mr Patterns and was awarded Australian Screen Editors Guild accreditation
In 2007, James produced Sonja Dare's wry mockumentary Destiny In Alice. Through his Production Company Nirvana Films, James developed several documentary projects including Ochre and Ink.
James has also taught at METRO Screen, the University of Western Sydney, AFTRS, and Macquarie University and has been a mentor at workshops for the Screen Australia Indigenous Department.