Robert graduated from the National Film and Television School MA Directing Fiction course in February 2011. His graduation film Strays is a thrilling drama about two brothers who are small-time thieves on the run, living a life of excess, but for their own good need to be apart. The film led to Robert being chosen as a Screen International Star of Tomorrow 2011. The publication called Strays “a free-falling ode to youth, excess and a skewed brotherly love which practically rubs sparks off the screen”, and as a striking showcase it also resulted in actor Richard Madden being selected.
Robert was simultaneously chosen for the Guiding Lights mentoring scheme and the NFTS in 2008. He shadowed his mentor Justin Chadwick on the feature film The First Grader in Kenya, and at the NFTS he directed a wide range of projects with different styles of storytelling including the family drama Thicker Than Water which was nominated for Kodak Best Short Film Award at Encounters Film Festival, and a documentary The Crook & The Highlandman that was selected for Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2010.
He is currently completing a Coming Up for Channel 4.