Who I am
I produced & directed many celebrated documentaries for BBC and Channel Four, directed commercials out of Ridley Scott Associates and have written & directed two feature films both distributed by Soda Pictures & broadcast on BBC 1 and BBC2
"A film that comes from nowhere to capture your heart, a performance that changes your perception of an actor, a production that opens a window to a whole new world of cinema."
Alan Hunter, Scotland On Sunday.
A brief biography
I graduated in film & television from the London College of Communication then started working for BBC Television where I wrote and/or directed various short comedy dramas including ‘Fireworks’ (starring Dave Schneider), ‘Consumer Advice’ (for BAFTA award-winning series “Short Change”) and ‘Parklife’ (for RTS award-winning series “Scene”). I also directed several series including the acclaimed youth music show ‘Mad About Music’.
I then went on to direct a number of highly distinctive, critically acclaimed documentaries. These include: ‘Just Enough Distance’ (“an extraordinary film - desperately moving”- The Daily Mail), ‘Trouble At The House’ (the follow-up to the BAFTA-winning series “The House” about the Royal Opera House), ‘Puccini Cappuccini,’ ‘The Real Alan Clark,’ and ‘The Lost Supper’.
Out of Ridley Scott Associates I directed commercials for such brands as Mars, AOL, Lea & Perrins and Snickers.
I wrote and directed the comedy short ‘New Year’s Eve’ (starring Stephen Mangan & Keira Knightley) which won several prizes including Best British Short at the UK’s largest short film festival. It was then included in the feature compilation ‘Stories of Lost Souls’ that premiered in Cannes in 2005.
My first feature as writer/director ‘Someone Else’ (starring Stephen Mangan) was released in the UK in 2007 by Soda Pictures. It has been shown at many celebrated film festivals including Edinburgh and Palm Springs. It won the prize for ‘Best European Film of the European Section’ at the 20th Panorama of European Cinema in Athens, and was ‘Variety Critics’ Choice’ at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. It’s been shown several times on BBC2 and is currently being distributed by the IFC and Sundance Channel in the States.
My second feature as writer/director, the relationship comedy ‘Honeymooner’ (starring Gerard Kearns and Daisy Haggard) premiered at the 64th Edinburgh Film Festival in June 2010. It has subsequently been shown at various international film festivals including the Chicago International Film Festival. In January 2011 it was released in the UK by Soda Pictures and was recently broadcast on BBC1.
I'm currently developing the comedy drama 'I’m Not In Love'.
In between filmmaking I teach in most of the major London film schools including the National Film & Television School and Raindance.