I was raised in the small city of Ripon, which is in the north of England near Leeds. My first short film was a satirical comedy, The Double Glazing Berserker, which was financed with a grant from my local council. While I've pushed out into comedy here in the UK (I've optioned a comedy screenplay and two sitcoms), my main focus now is elevated action/adventure and horror - but I often inject the latter with black humour and every script should have a laugh or two.
After making a host of shorts I studied Film and Moving Media Image at college and then went on to complete a Film and Television Production degree at the University of Westminster, where I specialized in screenwriting. Soon after leaving I got a job as Assistant Director of Media for Triangle Entertainment in Miami, where I read and reviewed a plethora of scripts as well as write and develop treatments. I left my position because Triangle commissioned me to write an action/adventure about two famous Vikings, Erik The Red. At one point it had various A-list talent attached and Scott Free Productions - unfortunately the arrival of the TV show Vikings hampered interest in the project.
Since then I’ve worked on a variety of spec and commissioned screenplays (including Snatched Away, an action/thriller in 2014 that had UTA and A-list talent attached) while writing, directing and producing infomercials. I've also directed an award winning short, One Toke Under The Line, that premiered at The Friars Club Comedy Film Festival in New York and won the Audience Choice Award at The No Gloss Film Festival in Leeds. Writing is the number one focus but I have my eye on directing more in the future.
Currently I am an Assistant Producer and Filmmaker at a production company based in London, CTVC, where we make primarily factual content for the likes of Discovery, Channel 4 and the BBC. But we also work on small dramas and our educational film dept, TrueTube, has won 7 Children's BAFTAS out of 20 nominations in just 4 years. We distribute content on our own online channel and license some of it.
I’ve helped develop and promote much of our content but got to write, direct and produce my own last year, Me, Myselfie and I - which is about a selfie obsessed teen who spends so much time on his phone he ends up physically stuck inside it. It’s Black Mirror with a more youth bent. It had a great launch on the platform and got an article in The Evening Standard (1.5 million daily readers), which led to me being part of a panel on the Victoria Derbyshire show (BBC2) and being interviewed on BBC World News. It helped bring in 2000 more subscribers to the TrueTube channel, where it was the most watched new film of the year, and clips were shown at the 2019 Children’s BAFTAS where TrueTube was nominated for Channel of the Year.
Here's a link to the film on our youtube page: ?v=uLumh5noz54
2017 was a good year on the writing front for me: my action/adventure spec The Beasts of Ramree, based on a true story, won Best Action/Adventure at The Creative World Awards, was a finalist in the Richmond Film awards, made the top 10% of the Nicholl Fellowship and was a semi-finalist at the Finish Line competition. Furthermore, On Christmas Day, my first commissioned radioplay, The Assassination of Santa, was broadcast to over 30,000 listeners on Premier Radio.
Since then I've received paid development from the BBC for a youth anthology series that I co-developed and wrote all story outlines for, and as of June 2020 I've been commissioned by the BBC for the creation and co-writing of six animated short bible stories told in a unique way. Furthermore, in February I was a nominee for the Edinburgh TV Festival’s New Voices All3Media Award for Best Drama series, for a Horror TV series pilot.
I am eager to connect with managers, agents and producers in the hopes of getting my feature screenplays or TV pilots to the big or small screen and to be able to work full time as a represented writer. Easier said than done!
The Beasts of Ramree Budget: $10M - $30M | Action ⋄ Horror Inspired by true events, during WW2 a pacifist British marine is captured by a Japanese garrison that never surrenders and while evacuating a tropical island they have to cross ten miles of swamp – but hundreds of deadly saltwater crocodiles lurk in the depths. It has been called perhaps 'The Greatest Disaster Suffered (by humans) from Animals'.
Edinburgh TV Festival New Voices Awards - Best TV Drama (sponsored by All3 Media) Nominee
University of Westminster