About

Drama, action, comedy, that’s me.

 

I'm an energetic director, screenwriter, and editor looking for opportunities to work with established directors in drama/action/comedy, with an aspiration to gain work as a second unit director. I’ve recently shadowed French director Guillaume Pierret on the post-production of the Netflix feature 'Balle Perdue 2' (Lost Bullet 2). Alongside paid work, I’m developing my first feature film, an action sci-fi thriller.

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been infatuated with cinema. I love how film combines so many art forms. Growing up, watching films brought me so much joy and from a very young age I knew I wanted to work in film. I hoped that one day I could bring others that same enjoyment. I've pursued this dream ever since.

I'm especially passionate about the action genre, and particularly chase sequences. The ‘Bourne’ films, ‘James Bond’, 'Mission Impossible', ‘Taxi’ (the French ones), ‘Ronin’, and the BMW film series ‘The Hire’ are hugely influential to me. Inspired by these, I love to create films which entertain through motion, energy, adrenalin and tension.

In addition, as I’ve grown older, I’ve gained a deep appreciation of humour. There are number of people close to me who struggle with anxiety and depression, and I have seen first-hand the positive impact that good comedy films have on these people’s mental health. This too has become an equal ambition of mine, to make films that bring people joy.

These passions of mine have come together in my debut short film ‘Wedlock’, an action, comedy, drama about a wedding that goes wrong and results in a car chase - which I wrote, directed, co-edited and exec produced.

The story was inspired by my own anxieties about being best man at a friend’s wedding mashed up with the Dr Pepper tagline ‘What’s the worst that could happen?’. I had this image of a raging bride tearing down a country road in a supercar with her veil flying through the air… and it all started from there. Mix that with inspiration from ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’, ‘Fast and Furious’, and ‘Hot Fuzz’,  built around a Christopher Nolan style non-linear story structure – and I arrived with ‘Wedlock’.

I also feel that the action genre is dominated by male leads, and I was keen to switch this up. Despite seeing a male driver in much of the film, the car chase truly kicks off when our female driver is introduced. It’s no accident that the best man looks clumsy in contrast to kick-ass driving by the bride. My gesture in this area is only small, but I hope to push this more in my next films. 

It was no small challenge to pull off both a car chase and a wedding, and I’m hugely grateful to the vast number of incredibly talented people who brought my vision for the film to life. Thank you to all the cast, crew, extras, and equipment suppliers who made this possible!

My hope is that ‘Wedlock’ will lead me to work alongside other like-minded people in the film industry to create more heart-pounding action sequences, lift people’s spirits, and bring a bit of joy into the world.

I'm looking for opportunities to work with established directors in drama/action/comedy, with the aspiration to gain work as a second unit director. Alongside paid work, I’m developing my first feature film, an action sci-fi thriller.

If you’re interested in collaborating with me then please get in touch.

Awards & Nominations

WEDLOCK

International Motor Film Awards 2021 - Best Drama Short - Winner

Austin Revolution Film Festival 2022 - Best World Actor - Winner

International Motor Film Awards 2021 - Best Sound - Nomination

Exit 6 Film Festival 2021 - Best Editing - Nomination

Purbeck Film Festival 2021 - Best Fiction Film - Nomination

Austin Revolution Film Festival 2022 - Best World Short - Nomination

Austin Revolution Film Festival 2022 - Best World Actress - Nomination