I am an Irish-born, London-based award winning director and writer. I used to be a 1st AD, and with over thirteen years experience in features, TV dramas, commercials and promos, I've a wealth of experience of all things film related. In that time I've had the pleasure and privilege of working with over 150+ directors, and I've honed down my directing voice and style by learning & collaborating with an incredibly talented group of individuals on such a diverse range of productions.
Working with actors, directors and cinematographers is what excites me, and as an AD I love being able be part of that collaborative process, helping the director achieve their vision, figuring out how best to block a scene with the DP, and how best to serve an actor so that they give their best performance. Creating the space for magic and art to happen, as well as keeping the machine moving forward is what a good 1st AD excels at, the glue that keeps the circus together.
In my many years in the industry I have worked with a wide diversity of talent, some of whom include broadcasting legends such as Sir David Attenborough, and Sir Michael Parkinson, Hollywood acting talent Jude Law, and Benedict Cumberbatch, international pop stars Robbie Williams and Ronan Keating, and Team GB Olympians Louis Smith and Victoria Pendleton.
When I'm not on set I also mentor and teach filmmaking. I'm currently teaching Assistant Directing at the Central Film School, and I've taught Directing, Film History and Editing at institutions such as Southbank University, City University and The New York Film Academy.
I also direct and have won many awards for my short films which have played all over the world at renowned film festivals. I'm currently working with a number of writers on various projects; a TV comedy series, two feature films and some more short films.
My current short silent comedy 'Wipeout' has started its festival run, and is up for Best Comedy at the Limelight Film Awards in July. 'Stop' my Film London funded drama is currently up for Shooting People's Film of the Month, this month's judge being the excellent actor David Oyelowo who recently played Martin Luther King in 'Selma'.
I've also written film reviews and articles for film magazines and film websites, and time permitting I also mentor under-privileged kids in after school projects in inner city London.
So you could say I was somewhat obsessed with cinema, most of my spare time is spent reading about films or watching them! I consider it a privilege to be able to do what I do, and I'm extremely lucky to be given the chance to pass on my passion, skills and knowledge to the next generation of filmmakers at Central Film School.