I am writer and director and latterly also producer and editor and have made prime time television across all genres and dramatic programme types. I am inventive and relentlessly creative with a strong desire to push boundaries and advance the form.
A graduate of The London International Film School, I started my career as a runner and third assistant director on feature films including ‘Monty Pythons Meaning of Life’, ‘A Fish Called Wanda’ and James Cameron’s ‘Aliens’, where I also worked in the creature shop, painting and operating the animatronic aliens after Stan Winston saw one of my paintings. Thereafter I quickly moved into producing, seeing an opportunity and optioning the ‘Book of Mini Sagas’. Four short films were developed from these stories with name directors and cast. Supported by British Screen and Telemunchen, the resulting films were distributed by UIP in support of ‘Bladerunner’ and other features.
Turning to directing and writing, my 30-minute short ‘The Euphoric Scale’ starred Robert Bathurst and gave Helen Baxendale her first screen role. It also secured me representation by a major agent and led to a career in high-end prime time TV drama. I have directed over eighty hours of TV drama and comedy programming. Including the 1987 production of ‘Wuthering Heights’ for ITV and WGBH Boston, multiple episodes of long running series, ‘Staying Alive’ and ‘A&E’, comedy series ‘Dr Willoughby’ starring Joanna Lumley and two series of The Giblets Boys’, a highly rated comedy series for CiTV, to which I also contributed episodes as a writer and which went on to win the Best Drama BAFTA in 2006. My work directing ‘The Queens Nose and ‘Tracy Beaker has also received further nominations from BAFTA, The Royal Television Society and the Indy Awards.
I am currently directing commercials and branded promotional films while developing a range of feature, theatre, television drama and factual projects. Key amongst these was my script for Tea Shop Asylum, which though currently unproduced, has been supported by the UK Film Council in the production of a pilot. Currently attached talent include, John Hannah, Joanna Lumley and Sarah Smart. My latest film venture is ‘Dark Glass’ a horror with John Hannah attached.