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    Documentary director, producer & writer specialising in music, arts, biography and history. Made films for BBC Two, BBC Four, Channel 4, A&E and Nat Geo. V good relations with BBC music, arts and factual. Plenty of experience working with presenters and best known for making intelligent but accessible films, often visually experimental. 

    Particularly skilled as an interviewer.  In the past few years I have become an experienced edit producer and BBC commissiong editors for arts, music and history send me into edits to help get productions back on schedule. 

    Worked as a print journalist and writer at the Observer and the The Nation (New York.)  

    A few years ago, I acted as writer and narrative editor on a non-fiction book, a combination of themed essays and assemblies of images, about Oberlin College in Ohio.
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    Employment History

    WRITER, DIRECTOR & PRODUCER CREDITS

    2014-2015

    THE SECRETS OF BEETHOVEN'S FIFTH SYMPHONY, 1x90', LEOPARD FILMS FOR BBC TWO

    Currently producing & directing a documentary with conductor John Eliot Gardiner about Beethoven's Fifth.


    2014
     
    MOZART IN PRAGUE:  ROLANDO VILLAZON ON DON GIOVANNI, 1x60', Renegade Pictures for BBC Two
     
    Scripted & directed this film shown as part of the BBC's 18th century history season. Acclaimed tenor Rolando Villazon explores the 1787 premiere of Mozart's masterpiece in Prague and we recreated the opera's famous finale as the Maestro's audience would have seen and heard it. 

    Pick of the Day in all the broadsheet papers
     
     
    2013
     
    PARSIFAL, Royal Opera House
     
    Directed two short films shown as part of a live cinema screening of Wagner's last opera.  
     
    Click here to see Parsifal: An Introduction


    SECRET VOICES OF HOLLYWOOD, 1x90', RDF West for BBC FOUR

    A film about the 'ghost singers' who secretly provided the vocals for stars who could not sing in many of the best known Hollywood movie musicals.  A 60' version with be broadcast late 2013

    "Bewitching" - Radio Times
    "Fascinating" - The Sun
    "Excellent" - The Observer



    MOTHERS, MURDERERS AND MISTRESSES:  EMPRESSES OF ANCIENT ROME, Hotsaucetv for BBC FOUR

    Brought in by Cassian Harrison at BBC history to rewrite and supervise re-edit of programme 3 in the series presented by Prof Catherine Edwards.



    2012/2013

    LA BOHEME, Royal Opera House

    Produced & directed three short films shown as part of the House's live cinema screening of its current production of Puccini's opera La Boheme. Screened around Britain and internationally in January 2013.

    "You've made three tremendous films for us, perfect for the cinema audiences... Look forward to working with you again soon." 
    Tony Followell, Head of Media, Royal Opera House

    Click here to see The Music of La Boheme
    Click here to see The Genius of La Boheme
    Click here to see Staging La Boheme



    THE RICHEST SONGS IN THE WORLD, 1x90', RDF West for BBC FOUR

    Scripted, produced & directed DJ and broadcaster Mark Radcliffe's first documentary project, a look at the top ten songs in the history of popular culture that have earned the most money in royalties.

    Click here to see the programme on youtube.

    BBC FOUR's highest rating programme of Christmas period and 11th highest of 2012. 
     
    "Quite simply the best factual documentary of the festive season... Outstanding."
    The Observer
    "A list show with brains." Richard Klein, Controller BBC Four 2008-2013


    THE GREAT BRITISH STORY: A PEOPLE'S HISTORY, Maya Vision International for BBC2

    Brought in at Cassian Harrison's suggestion to edit produce two films on Michael Wood's new history series. One covers Britain from the Black Death to the end of feudalism, via the Peasants' Revolt; the other the Reformation and the roots of capitalism



    2011-12

    ANCIENT X-FILES, Wag TV for National Geographic

    Wrote scripts and directed the edits on three films for the 2012 season: The Scottish Rosetta Stone (1x25'), Crown of Thorns (1x25') and a one hour special, Gates of Hell



    2011

    PLANET WORD, 5 x 60', BBC2 Arts

    Brought in at request of BBC Arts as edit producer to polish the series on language presented by Stephen Fry. 



    2010

    ANCIENT WORLDS, 6 x 50', BBC Factual For BBC Worldwide

    Produced, directed & narrated the presenter-less version of the landmark BBC2 series tracing the roots of civilisation in the ancient world. Cast and conducted 50 interviews on 3 continents. 2 helicopter shoots and self-shooting on EX-3 and Canon 5-D with tilt shift lenses. Series producer: Tim Kirby



    2009

    HERTA MULLER:  WRITING AGAINST TERROR, 1 x 30', October Films for Nobel Media, Stockholm

    Produced, directed & narrated - and self-shot a large portion of the visuals - an exclusive access film about the life and work of Herta Muller, the 2009 Nobel literature laureate.  The film was shown by More 4 and has been sold worldwide by Nobel Media.  



    JOHN BALDESSARI:  PURE BEAUTY, tate media

    A 15' short film shot in California with the American artist John Baldessari.  Shown at tate modern during last year's retrospective, Pure Beauty, and on the tate website here.  At John's request, the film accompanied the exhibition to Barcelona and LA.



    THE CULTURE SHOW, BBC Vision for  BBC2

    Directed two items for the run of programmes from the Manchester International Festival:  one following the artist Jeremy Deller as he prepared his public Procession along Deansgate;  and another with the band Durutti Column and their musical tribute to Tony Wilson



    2008

    DAVID OGILVY: ORIGINAL MAD MAN, 1 x 60', World of Wonder for BBC4

    Portrait of the maverick British advertising legend David Ogilvy, founder of Ogilvy & Mather. Made with unprecedented access to the Ogily company archives. Intimate interviews with family and closest friends and associates.

    "A perfect companion to the brilliant US drama Mad Men" - Radio Times



    2007

    DIRTY DALI: A PRIVATE VIEW, 1x50', October Films for Channel 4

    Brian Sewell's first film for C4, a mix of art citicism and personal recollections of four summers spent with Dali in Spain. Made in a similar, but more experimental, style to Paul Burrell In His Own Words (below).
    Broadcast as a tie in with Tate Modern's June '07 Dali and Film exhibition
    Own original idea

    Click here to see the film on youtube. 

    ONE OF THE DAILY TELEGRAPH'S TOP 5 TV HIGHLIGHTS OF 2007

    "A beautiful,fascinating film, filled with wonderful images" - Radio Times Online
    "Unmissable" - The Observer
    "A riveting account" - Sunday Times
    "A unique insight... a fascinating portrait.. **** " Mail on Sunday



    2004

    PAUL BURRELL IN HIS OWN WORDS, 1x50' October Films for C4

    An exploration of Burrell's life as the Queen's footman, Diana's Rock and the man who nearly brought down the monarchy. The film is entirely in Burrell's own recorded words over a collage of archive, specially shot, photomontage and after-FX
    Own original idea

    "Sure to provoke extensive tabloid and water-cooler comment.. a fascinating and somewhat sinister glimpse of a strange, sealed world" - Time Out
    "Thrilling, fascinating stuff" - The Guardian
    "So serious it's funny" - Heat


    2004

    PROFILES: POP AND POLITICS - 2x30' October Films for BBC4

    Two films for a series presented by Paul Morley, repeated on BBC2 April 2005.
    Chrissie Hynde, the punk princess with the Pretenders, explains how and why she became poster girl and militant activist for the extreme animal rights movement.
    Chuck D, founder of rap group Public Enemy and father of politicized hip-hop on his continuing mission to fight the powers-that-be: racism in the USA, gangsta rap, and George W Bush

    "Excellent" - The Guardian
    "Provocative and typically wry" - The Daily Telegraph



    2003

    BRITS GO TO HOLLYWOOD: CATHERINE ZETA-JONES, 1x50' October Films for C4

    An unauthorised biography revealing how the actress known as "The Welsh Spitfire" conquered Hollywood and became the highest paid British actress in the world
    Own original idea

    "Lovely.. breaks out of the opinions-and-photos mould to examine the relationship between celebrities and the media" - Evening Standard


    2003
    BRITS GO TO HOLLYWOOD: DAVID NIVEN, 1x50' October Films for Channel 4

    An intimate biography of the writer, actor, raconteur and archetypal Englishman

    "Near perfect" - The Guardian


    2002

    KING OF CAPITALISM: THOMAS WATSON SR AND THE BUILDING OF IBM, 1x60' October Films for BBC4

    A film for the BBC4 launch on the brilliant and controversial salesman who forged Big Blue into the world's most successful corporation, but also supported Hitler and traded technology to the Nazis during World War II. Secured access to IBM's visual archives and family footage

    "An engrossing portrait.. an extraordinary, edifying tale" - The Observer


    2001

    THE REAL TOMMY COOPER, 1x50' Paladin-Invision Ltd for Channel 4

    A profile of the comedy legend and the 'Curse of Cooper'

    "This must-see documentary goes a long way to getting beneath the fez... a very special treat. Magic, even" - TV Times


    2000

    THE SECRET WORLD OF RICHARD NIXON, Invision for BBC/A&E

    Controversial, Emmy-nominated, 2 x 50' Reputations special on Richard Nixon

    "An astonishing piece of demythologising.. proves TV biographies can reach parts the written word cannot" - The Guardian
    "It may be a slag-job, but it's a meticulously researched slag job" - Houston Chronicle

     
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    Education

    1986 - 89
    BALLIOL COLLEGE, OXFORD
    2:1 in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)


    1979-86
    CARDIFF HIGH SCHOOL, CARDIFF
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    Referees

    Available on request
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    Skills

    2011
    Writer and narrative editor on a non-fiction book about Oberlin College,Ohio


    1997
    Journalist/Writer, The Observer


    1991
    Researcher for Christopher Hitchens at The Nation, New York City, NY
     
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    Additional Information

    Industries

    • TV

    Programme Types

    • Animation, 
    • Arts, 
    • Biography, 
    • Current Affairs, 
    • Development, 
    • Historical Documentary, 
    • Music

    Specialisms

    • Art, 
    • Art History, 
    • Celebrity, 
    • Cinema/Film, 
    • Current Affairs, 
    • Economics, 
    • History, 
    • Human Rights, 
    • International Affairs, 
    • Journalism, 
    • Location Filming, 
    • Music, 
    • Philosophy, 
    • Politics, 
    • Popular Culture, 
    • Programme Development, 
    • Psychology, 
    • Sociology, 
    • USA, 
    • Writing

    Permits

    • USA

    Licenses

    • Basic Driving (PLG)
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