James Ricketson (born 1949) is an Australian film director. He studied at the Australian Film and Television School and has made a number of features and documentaries.
In 1973 Ricketson filmed and helped to organise Philippe Petit's high-wire walk between the two north pylons of Sydney Harbour Bridge. A short film of the walk was released on DVD with Man On Wire, the Academy Award winning documentary on Petit's World Trade Center Twin Towers walk.
Ricketson has directed three feature films: Third Person Plural (1978), Candy Regentag (1989), Blackfellas (1994). His documentaries include: Reflections (1973), Roslyn and Blagica Everyone Needs a Friend (1979), Born in Soweto (1994), Sleeping with Cambodia (1997), Backpacking Australia (2001), Viva (2004).
In 1981 he became one of the founding members of the Australian Directors Guild. In the same year he directed one of the four episodes of the award winning Australian miniseries Women of the Sun.
In July 2012 it was announced he was suing Screen Australia.
While making a documentary in Cambodia during 2014, Ricketson was prosecuted for blackmail and given a two-year suspended jail sentence.
In June, 2017, Ricketson was arrested while flying a drone at a Cambodia National Rescue Party rally in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He was subsequently charged with espionage. Ricketson denies the charge, claiming he flew the drone as part of his ongoing documentary.Third Person Plural (1978)
Candy Regentag (1989)
AACTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Blackfellas (1994)
AACTA Award for Best Film, Reflections (1973)
Alan Stout Award for Best Short Film, Reflections (1973)