Educated at Middlesex Polytechnic in the 1980’s, I earned a degree in Humanities. The central theme of this qualification was the Philosophy of Language. It’s a cliche to state that college days are the best in your life, but on many levels, this opportunity to think about writing and write about thinking was a truly joyful period of my life. Much of the way I see the world, and the way I approach issues, is still informed by the lecturers I studied under at Middlesex.
To this day, language is central to my thinking about art, culture, film and the world. It is no coincidence that I still write about thinking and think about writing.
After a short spell in the book trade, I had an award-winning career as a writer in the Radio Industry. My awards include a couple of London Internationals, a New York Radio Festival Award and a couple of NEPAs . Radio is a phenomenal medium to work in. What it taught me, more than anything else, is that the order in words are written matters intensely when they are to be read out loud. Writing for an individual voice is radically different from writing an essay or an article. I still find that process, of writing for a single voice, writing words that are to be either read out or acted, a thrilling process.
My move into teaching and independent film production happened almost by accident. The short version of the story is, I wrote a play and this play attracted the attention of an independent film producer. This first collaboration led me to write and directed a number of short films and a feature film. One of these films won a Regional Royal Television Society Commendation. My success in short film production opened up the opportunity to teach actors, rather than writing commercials. It seemed like a natural progression. I have learned more about writing by teaching student actors than I have in any other context.
I have always seen myself primarily as a writer. As such, over the years I have gained a reputation as an interesting voice, on the issue of writing alt-cinema or art house cinema. I have published a number of online magazines related to film, the digital revolution in media and film culture. Currently, I am a columnist for Scriptmag (The Screenwriter’s Magazine), where I deconstruct the memes of the screenwriting industry. Once more I find myself in the position where I write about thinking and think about writing. If my life has a theme, it is probably that one sentence.
In the course of my development as a filmmaker, I found my creative direction moving away from commercial cinema and more towards video art and gallery work. I have always made personal art films, parallel to my other more mainstream work, it just took me a while to realise that I cared more about the art pieces, than I did about commercial screenwriting. I now write scripts and develop projects, whilst exploring ways in which the boundaries can be dissolved between the world of cinema and the world of fine art.
At the present, I am studying for my Master’s Degree. I write scripts. I paint. I make films (primarily for gallery showing) And, I explore the boundaries of what it means to be a writer/artist in the digital age. The more I study this, the more I consider the changes unfolding, the more I realise that we are entering the age of the writer/ digital artist. An age where the boundaries between the writer and audience can be dissolved… or not, depending entirely on wishes of the artist.
NEPA – Best in Category – Writer/Producer – 1997/1998/1999
London International Advertising Award – Best in Category – Writer/Producer – 1999
Royal Television Society Awards (Regional) – Commendation – Writer/Producer – 2001
New York Radio Festival – Silver Award – Writer – 2001
Port of Tyne – Commendation – 2015
Four4 Film – Shortlisted – 2015
BBC Writer’s Room – Shortlisted – 2016
Dystopia Touring Exhibition Paintings 2017
Hive One Exhibition Paintings 2016
|Imagineer Digital Festival||Syntax Error||2015|
|Phoenix Gallery, Brighton Digital Festival||Syntax Error||2015|
|Baltic Gallery, Gateshead (Port of Tyne)||Silhouette||2014|
|Arthouses, WBFilm Festival||Silhouette,||2014|
|Arthouses, WBFilm Festival||Metropolitik||2014|
|Arthouses, WBFilm Festival||Syntax Error||2014|
|Mima Gallery, Middlesbrough||Silhouette||2014|
|Arthouses, WBFilm Festival||Inconsequential Moments||2013|