As a director/producer I take an innovative approach to the documentary genre. My films investigate ideas of heroism, identity and personal transformation. I’m drawn to extraordinary individuals and use a mix of fact and fiction to tell their story. I’m currently in advanced pre-production of my second feature documentary Every Boy Wants A Toy Gun. The film is co-produced by Andre Singer (Spring Films) and Joram Ten Brink (DocWest), whose most recent credits include The Act of Killing and Night Will Fall.
Every Boy Wants A Toy Gun is a creative, action-driven documentary about two charismatic young men in contemporary northern England. Both of their identities are defined by war, but for very different reasons. With its hybrid style that boldly mixes dramatized and highly cinematic reenactments with observational elements and interviews, the film reveals the men’s intimate core and motivation and asks why war maintains such a magnetic pull on their generation. My previous film, She Should Have Gone To The Moon, was funded with a major grant from the Arts Council England and executive produced by Alan Fountain.It tells the unique story of the pilot Jerri Truhill, one of the forgotten women of NASA’s secret Mercury 13 space programme during the Cold War. The documentary is a lyrical journey propelled by childhood aspirations, shattered dreams and a lifelong battle against female stereotypes and male prejudice.
The film has been highly successful, meeting with critical acclaim, enjoying an extended run on the festival and independent cinema circuit and winning a number of awards. I’m also a director at Euroscript and the founder of Showdown Films, which produces independent films and offers creative retreats for filmmakers.