I have written and directed around 20 hours of drama and comedy for film, television and radio, which has earned critical acclaim, international exposure and several awards. I am a confident storyteller experienced across a range of forms and budgets, who can connect with audiences and motivate high profile and novice talent alike. I have successfully straddled gritty drama and subtle comedy to create stories with a proximity to real life and characters that endeavour for individualism and goals.
My first short film, THE AFICIONADO, was part of the UK Film Council scheme 8½, under the mentorship of Peter Mullan. It premiered at the UK's leading short film festival, Encounters, went on to screen in festivals around the world and is distributed on TV throughout Europe by Mini Movie Channel. My next short, EUNUCH, screened at Clermont-Ferrand and Aix-en-Provence, was described by The Express as a “bite sized cutting edge nugget” and was picked up for worldwide distribution by Toronto-based Ouat Media. In 2009, I made a landmark 40’ compendium of interconnected short films, DECLARATIONS. It was inspired by themes relating to human rights to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the UN Declarations of Human Rights. The film premiered in the backyard of the UN at the New York Independent Film Festival, where I won BEST INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR.
I began my career aged 18 as a music writer for Melody Maker and The Sunday Times, interviewing signature bands from the Britpop era and legendary artists like Iggy Pop and Eartha Kitt. I then moved into radio and joined the BBC Comedy department, directing many classic Radio 4 comedy brands and creating the long running and multi-award winning BBC Scotland football comedy, OFF THE BALL. Before focussing on drama and film, I also worked extensively in TV comedy, helping develop the hit Scottish shows, CHEWIN’ THE FAT and STILL GAME.
Out with my own projects, I have been a prominent elected committee member of BAFTA Scotland since 2010. I also spent 2013 as BAFTA Scotland Director, overseeing an increased programme of A-list screen industry events, screenings and masterclasses.