Prior to working in the film industry my background was as a writer in advertising. I worked for almost a decade as a Copywriter in a number of leading London agencies including Benton and Bowles and Boase, Massimi Pollitt.
I have now been writing and directing film for over twenty years and my work includes television commercials for the international markets as well as a very broad spectrum of non-broadcast work.
Over the years I have been fortunate enough to be able to work with talented crews and post-production experts across an extensive range and have had the opportunity to acquire diverse experience. I have shot all over the world on both film and digital media and am just at home in the studio and on location. I like to think that I am equally adept at directing performance from actors and non-actors alike.
The nature of my work as an advertising copywriter meant that I continually had new products and services to promote for many different clients. My accounts ranged from campaigns for everything from cars to razors to supermarkets. This put me in good stead to turn my hand to a broad range of film subjects. Perhaps this diversity of subject matter has had made me difficult to pigeon hole as a film director; but instead I think that it has given me a perhaps unique opportunity to develop the ability and confidence to craft interesting and entertaining stories from diverse, even difficult or dry, subject matter.
To this end I have made a number of films on ‘delicate subjects’ including senile dementia, child bereavement and various disabilities and have developed the ability to create emotion through film whilst avoiding mawkishness and sentimentality.
My mantra is simple: A good story, well told and shot in a style best suited to the narrative.
I believe passionately in ‘telling stories on film’ and seek the narrative strands within any project.
My films are generally cinematographic rather then televisual and are always made with the audience firmly in mind.
I am always keen to work with writers and producers committed to fine filmmaking and am always happy to hear from those wishing to develop narrative projects with a Director. To this end, I am now moving into collaborative broadcast projects along with the development of screenplays.
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