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    I'm an experienced director with a track record of making films with style, visual flair and gripping narratives. These include the Grierson nominated documentary, 'Censored at the Seaside', the feature length documentaries 'JFK: Seven Days That Made a President' (NGCI) 'Ten Ways to Kill bin Laden' and 'How Bruce Lee Changed the World' (History Channel US) as well as episodes for Nat Geo's 'Breakout', 'Dangerous Persuasions' and 'Seconds From Disaster' strands. As well as producing, directing and writing dozens of highly rated and critically acclaimed documentaries I have also directed and produced US entertainment shows including the Peabody winning 'CNN Heroes', commercials and short films.


    A Scientologist's Escapes - Raw TV , United States of America
    2015 - Writer/Director
    I had access to the highest ranking Scientologist to defect from the organization and dramatized his story for National Geographic's 'Dangerous Persuasions' strand. It was the first time the activities of Scientology's Leader had been exposed and was fraught with legal issues but made for a captivating story.

    Escape From Jonestown - Raw TV , United Kingdom
    2014 - Writer/Director
    I was the writer and director of two films in this series for Discovery ID that explores what happens when people get involved with cults. The stories are told through intimate, first person accounts which I dramatized. Each hour-long episode details these stories of people who were lured into a web of deceit and lost themselves along the way. I directed two stories about two people who managed to escape from the Jonestown massacre and one about the highest ranking member of the Church Of Scientology to have ever defected.

    Google Advert - Earnest Agency , United Kingdom
    2014 - Director
    I was tasked with making a cool and captivating commercial with high production values on a limited budget. The results are Google's 'Here, There and Everywhere' ad.

    JFK: Seven Days That Made a President - Blast Films , United Kingdom
    2013 - Director
    I directed this feature length dramatised documentary which focused on the key days in JFK's life. Made to coincide with the 50th anniversary of his assassination it stars Adam Astill as JFK and uses extensive dramatic reconstructions plus interviews with contemporaries, family and friends.

    The Real McGuyver - Raw Television , United States of America
    2012 - Writer/Director
    I directed two episodes of the National Geographic prison escape series 'Breakout' for Raw TV. These drama docs are created using the prisoners own words to recount their escape and the subsequent manhunt that leads to their recapture. Broadcast in 2013.

    Terror at Sea: the Sinking of the Concordia - Dragonfly Film and Television Productions , United Kingdom
    2012 - Director
    I was brought in to direct the dramatic reconstructions for this documentary that examined the causes and consequences of the cruise ship capsizing off the coast of Italy.

    Seconds From Disaster - Darlow Smithson , United Kingdom
    2012 - Director
    I was brought in to direct the drama for four of the programmes in the series...the Waco siege, Fukushima, the Paddington rail crash and the Cavelese cable car disaster. They were demanding shoots involving large sets, numerous actors and extras and special effects.

    10 Ways To Kill Bin Laden - October Films , United States of America
    2010 - Producer/Director
    I was the writer and director of this feature length dramatised documentary for the History Channel US about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

    The Bourne Identity: the True Story - Blink Films , United States of America
    2009 - Producer/Director
    I produced and directed this one hour dramatised documentary the Smithsonian Network in the US examining the parallels between the Bourne films and real life.

    How Bruce Lee Changed The World - Waddell Media , United States of America
    2009 - Producer/Director
    A feature length documentary for the History Channel US examining martial arts legend, Bruce Lee's influence on contemporary popular culture.

    The Last Thing To Go Through A Fly's Mind - World Wide Webb Productions , United Kingdom
    2007 - Director
    A ten minute comedy about reincarnation and redemption starring Ralph Ineson. Winner of best film at the Portobello Film festival, winner of Best Comedy at the London Short Film Festival, and winner of Moving Pictures Magazine's best narrative short of 2008.

    Queen Camilla - Blakeway Productions , United Kingdom
    2007 - Producer/Director
    A controversial film that exposed Prince Charles' plans to make Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall the Queen. It created front page headlines and was watched by 2.6 m people when broadcast on Channel 4.

    'The Woman Who Cried Rape' - V Good Films , United Kingdom
    2006 - Producer/Director
    A one hour, one-off dramatised documentary for Sky 1 about a woman jailed for falsely accusing a man of rape.

    'Censored at the Seaside' - Firefly , United Kingdom
    2005 - Director
    A one hour, one-off dramatised documentary for BBC 4 (and BBC 2) about the life of the 'saucy' postcard cartoonist, Donald McGill. Nominated for a Grierson Award for most entertaining documentary.

    'Holmfirth Hollywood' - Firefly , United Kingdom
    2006 - Director
    A one hour, one-off dramatised documentary for BBC 4 about the Victorian film pioneer, James Bamforth. It tells the story of how James Bamforth, a painter and decorator from the small West Yorkshire town of Holmfirth, became a major player in the film-making business before the first Hollywood studio opened in 1911. Edited by the brilliant, Gwyn Jones, it is written and directed as a comedy homage to Bamforth's pioneering films.

    'Austin Stevens: Snakehunter - The Valley of the Monster Pythons' - Tigress , United Kingdom
    2004 - Producer/Director
    A one hour natural history doc for Discovery HD and Animal Planet following photographer Austin
    Stevens' search for snakes in the Australian rainforest.

    '25 Years of the Comedy Store - a Personal History by Paul Merton' - SMG , United Kingdom
    2004 - Producer/Director
    A one hour, one-off documentary for BBC 1 marking 25 years of the Comedy

    'The Way We Travelled' - BBC , United Kingdom
    2003 - Producer/Director
    Documentary series for BBC 2 that examined the history of British travel from the fifties to the present day.

    'Scream: The History of Anaesthetics' - Uden Associates , United Kingdom
    2003 - Director
    A one hour, one-off dramatised documentary telling the story of the discovery and use of anaesthetics from Victorian times to present day.

    'My Worst Week' - Brighter Pictures , United Kingdom
    2002 - Producer/Director
    Documentary series about how the media covers celebrity scandal. I helped devise the format and made the Hugh Grant, Sophie Wessex and Chris Evans programmes.

    'Money Can't Buy You Love' - Pacific Productions , United Kingdom
    2002 - Producer/Director
    A one hour, one off dramatised documentary for Channel 4 about women who sacrificed wealth and status for love.

    'Fluffy Toy' Safe Sex Commercial - MTV Europe , United Kingdom
    2005 - Director
    Shot on super 16 for MTV's Staying Alive campaign. Shown in cinemas and on MTV networks worldwide.

    Tabloid Tales - Brighter Pictures , United Kingdom
    2002 - Producer/Director
    I helped created the format and style of this documentary series where celebrities recounted their experience of the tabloid press.

    Top Gear - BBC , United Kingdom
    2000 - Producer/Director
    I was brought in to help revamp the BBC's long-running car show and spent six months making films about cars.


    Employment History

    Credits include the Grierson nominated documentary 'Censored at the Seaside' (BBC 4), and the feature length dramatised documentaries, 'JFK: Seven Days That Made a President' (NGCI), '10 Ways to Kill Bin Laden' and 'How Bruce Lee Changed the World' (History US), 'True Stories: the Bourne Identity for Smithsonian/Five and 'Breakout' and 'Seconds from Disaster' for Nat Geo. 


    Post Graduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism.
    The London College of Communication, Elephant and Castle,
    London SE 1.
    Politics/Economics BA (Hons)
    University of Greenwich,
    Old Royal Naval College,
    Greenwich, London SE10 9LS

    Industry Qualifications

    Single Camera Drama Directing
    National Film and Television School.


    Directors UK


    1) Ed Coulthart, MD Blast Films. (coulthe@blastfilms.co.uk)
    2) Richard Bond, Head of Factual, Raw TV (richard.bond@raw.co.uk)
    3) Hamish Hamilton, Creative Director, Done & Dusted (hh@hamishhamilton.com)

    Industry Awards

    Winner, Peabody Award 2012 for excellence in public service broadcasting for CNN Heroes.

    Winner, Moving Pictures Magazine, Best Narrative Short 2008
    Winner, Shooting People's Best Comedy at ther LSFF 2008
    Winner, Best Film, Portobello Film Festival 2007

    Grierson nomination for most entertaining documentary of 2006 with 'Censored at the Seaside'.

    Additional Information


    • Commercials, 
    • Film, 
    • Online, 
    • TV

    Programme Types

    • Arts, 
    • Biography, 
    • Commercial, 
    • Documentary, 
    • Drama Reconstruction, 
    • Drama: Short Film, 
    • Dramatised Documentary, 
    • Entertainment, 
    • Historical Documentary, 
    • Natural History, 
    • Science, 
    • Travel


    • Directors UK


    • Crime, 
    • History, 
    • Journalism, 
    • Location Filming, 
    • Popular Culture, 
    • Programme Development


    • EU, 
    • USA


    • Basic Driving (PLG)