The Grape Wall of China is a documentary about the Chinese wine industry. I filmed, directed and edited the film in the summer of 2010 for CCTV News, China's foremost English language television channel. It is an introduction to the Chinese wine industry presented by Canadian, Kimberly Buchanan. For more information about wine in China then I can recommend a great blog from which I shamelessly stole the name for this film. It is called grapewallofchina.com so check it out
This is a short documentary that I produced, filmed, directed and edited in the summer of 2009 about the Opium Poppy farmers of Central Turkey. I was commissioned to make the film for Current TV. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Current_TV
This is my original edit before current cut it down to 8 minutes. Special thanks to Dogan Sahin, Aysegul Ahiskali and Jorrit Kamminga
Punt Wars is a modern tale about an ancient corner of England. Punts and punting are synonymous with Cambridge but how much do you really know about what goes on on the banks of the river? In contrast to the tranquil waters and solemn college buildings that line the River Cam, this documentary gives us the inside story about the power struggles at play amongst the chauffeur tour companies vying for the business of millions of tourists.
The boatsmen who work the river, including director James Bayliss-Smith, compete with each other to sell visitors punt tours of the university. It’s a vibrant world full of gentlemanly blaggers and scoundrels, and Punt Wars chronicles the commercial and idealogical power struggles of this unique group of boatmen.
An ‘insiders’ account, the documentary follows several independent punt-chauffeurs during a period of existential threat to the industry during a tumultuous time. Cambridge punting is threatened by new regulations and it’s every man (and one woman) for themselves. Presenting a microcosm of wider societal forces, Punt Wars uncovers the secrets of Cambridge’s troubled waters and ultimately asks some difficult questions about our modern world.
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This was a film I made with Emily James about the Climate Camp protest on Bishopsgate as part of the G20 demonstrations in the City of London on April 1st 2009. This is the definitive story of what exactly happened from beginning to end including exclusive footage shot by James Bayliss-Smith of clear cases of police brutality and of the police violently clearing the camp in the early hours of the following morning when they thought less people would see! They didn't count on me climbing on to a roof with my camera! The film has been viewed over 64,000 times on YouTube and was featured on the websites of many British national newspapers including The Times, The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian. Since then footage from the film has featured in BBC one's flagship current affairs programme Panorama, Channel 4's flagship current affairs programme Dispatches as well as Channel 4 News, BBC news, MTV and Have I got News for you.