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    "Steve's great and I'd recommend him to anyone - he has always made very good films for me and I'd work with him again any day."
    Richard Klein, Director of Factual, ITV. 

    "He's a rare director who keeps cool, shoots to commercial standards and is a great story teller." 
    Hamish Hamilton, MD of Done & Dusted (Director of the 2014 Oscars and the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony)

    I'm an experienced director with a track record of telling stories 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), 'Breakout' and 'Seconds From Disaster' for National Geographic and 'Queen Camilla' for Channel 4. As well as producing, directing and writing dozens of highly rated and critically acclaimed documentaries I have also directed the films (and co-produced) many big US entertainment shows including 'CNN Heroes' which won a prestigious Peabody Award in 2012 for excellence in public service broadcasting and 'The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show'. I have a built a reputation of making innovative and great looking films and bringing ideas to fruition on time and on budget.  
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    Credits

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    JFK: Seven Days That Made a President - Blast Films , United Kingdom
    2013 - Director
    A feature length dramatised documentary which focuses 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.

    Breakout - Raw Television , United Kingdom
    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 Kingdom
    2010 - Producer/Director
    A 2 hour special dramatised documentary for the History Channel US about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

    The Bourne Identity: the True Story - Blink Films , United Kingdom
    2009 - Producer/Director
    A one hour dramatised documentary for Five in the UK and 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 in May.

    '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
    Store.

    '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.

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    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. 
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    Education

    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
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    Industry Qualifications

    Single Camera Drama Directing
    National Film and Television School.
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    Affiliations

    Directors UK
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    Referees

    1) Ed Coulthart, MD Blast Films.
    (coulthe@blastfilms.co.uk)

    2) Richard Klein, Controller of BBC4.
    (richard.klein.01@bbc.co.uk)

    3) Magnus Temple, MD The Garden Productions.
    (Magnus.Temple@thegardenproductions.tv)



     
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    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'.
     
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    Additional Information

    Industries

    • Commercials, 
    • Film, 
    • Online, 
    • TV

    Programme Types

    • Arts, 
    • Biography, 
    • Comedy, 
    • Commercial, 
    • Corporate, 
    • Current Affairs, 
    • Documentary, 
    • Drama Reconstruction, 
    • Drama: Short Film, 
    • Dramatised Documentary, 
    • Entertainment, 
    • Historical Documentary, 
    • Investigative, 
    • Leisure, 
    • Magazine, 
    • Music, 
    • Natural History, 
    • Observational Documentary, 
    • Science, 
    • Science Fiction, 
    • Style, 
    • Training, 
    • Travel, 
    • Youth

    Organizations

    • BECTU, 
    • Directors UK

    Specialisms

    • Arts, 
    • Cars, 
    • Celebrity, 
    • Cinema/Film, 
    • Comedy, 
    • Current Affairs, 
    • Design, 
    • Diving, 
    • Drama, 
    • Drugs, 
    • Fashion, 
    • History, 
    • Interior Design, 
    • International Affairs, 
    • Journalism, 
    • Location Filming, 
    • Middle East, 
    • Music, 
    • Natural History, 
    • News & Current Affairs, 
    • Popular Culture, 
    • Programme Development, 
    • Travel, 
    • USA, 
    • Youth Culture

    Permits

    • EU, 
    • USA

    Licenses

    • Basic Driving (PLG)
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