I have written and directed documentaries, fictional short films and music videos. My first documentary, “David Hawkins: A Battle of the Mind” (2017) was nominated as AHRC research film of the year. I am working on another documentary for Daniel Pick’s Hidden Persuders Group – this time about Fanon – and developing my first feature, People Are Strange with iFeatures in partnership with Farhana Bhula.
The Children’s Film Unit introduced me to filmmaking as a teenager. After working as a runner and trainee on a variety of films (memorably including “Jefferson in Paris”), I left school and worked in production and development for Merchant Ivory Productions (MIP). I returned to MIP after university, doing my time as a Producer’s Assistant and APOC on films such as “Le Divorce” (James Ivory, 2003), “The Golden Bowl” (James Ivory, 2000) and the “Mystic Masseur” (Ismail Merchant, 2001). Ismail, Jim and Ruth mentored and nurtured me from these years onwards.
I completed an MFA as a Directing Concentrate from the Film Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts where I held a FOCUS Fellowship. My graduation film, My Father’s Son (2007) was crowdfunded and awarded a Milos Forman Award. I hold an MA in Literature, Culture & Modernity from QMUL and an undergraduate degree in English from Wadham College in Oxford. I enjoy languages and have an ongoing interest in cultural encounter, literature, psychoanalysis and critical theory.
In 2015/2016, I was selected as an Arts Council of England Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme. Through the fellowship, I did a three month senior work placement at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and benefitted from a range of high level mentoring, training and coaching. I was also funded by the AHRC to write a piece of research on diversity and cultural policy.
I live in London with my family and am a trustee of Islington Mill in Salford, Greater Manchester. If you would like to find out more about my work, or are interested in commissioning something, please drop me a line here.