At six years old I saw Jurassic Park at the cinema and thought the dinosaurs on the screen were real. Later that day I learned it was ‘movie magic’ that had brought them to life and at that point, I knew I wanted to be part of that world.
Initially, I pursued acting which resulted in a few national commercials and an indie feature, however, whilst trying to create new opportunities for myself I turned my hand to theater directing. My directorial debut was a production of Stephen Belber’s TAPE which received multiple awards including Best Play chosen by Sir Michael Caine. Off stage, I started shooting and editing my own sketches and eventually created a parody of the film Paranormal Activity called ‘Normal Activity’, which ended up being selected as bonus DVD material for the UK release. This success gave me a glimpse into not only filmmaking but showing it to broader audiences, other than my mum.
After graduating from The University for the Creative Arts, Farnham with a first in film production I’ve continued to create short films, some of which have been the recipient of multiple awards and accolades. In 2014 I secured a rare six-month placement as an in-house director at the advertising agency MotherLondon, working primarily on original web content for Comedy Central UK.
In 2015, at Cannes Lion, I was awarded a prestigious MOFILM Silver Whale’s Tail for my Chevrolet-branded film ‘Open Mic’. My graduation film; ‘HOWL’, won Film of the Year at the BKSTS/National Student Widescreen Awards, as well as nominated for The Golden Tadpole at the Camerimage Film Festival. I came second place at the London Sci-Fi 48-Hour Film Challenge in 2015 and my 2014 short film “Bus Stop” played and won multiple awards at several festivals, including a premiere at theLondon Short Film Festival.
Currently, I’m working as a director and writer based in London and am working towards Ophelia; a feature film adaption of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, penned and starring Sam Underwood as Hamlet and Valorie Curry as Ophelia.