Guiding Lights 2015
I'm over the moon to have been selected for this year's Guiding Lights scheme. Guiding Lights is Europe’s most prestigious film mentoring scheme. Majority funded by Creative Skillset, the programme supports upcoming filmmakers and professionals through high-level mentoring, complemented by a range of training and networking activities. Each mentee is matched with a leading film industry professional who provides advice and guidance over a 9-month period. Previous mentors include Danny Boyle, Barbara Broccoli, Sam Mendes, Alison Owen, Alex Garland, Nira Park, Joanna Hogg, Paul Greengrass, Abi Morgan and Kenneth Branagh. Who exactly my mentor will be should be decided in the next month, so watch this space! Below is a photo of me and the other mentees at the launch in Brighton.
New film released for Coca Cola
I've just finished this new film for Coca Cola which chronicles the journey of an empty bottle - through the recycling and manufacturing process - to becoming a new bottle of Coke. 'Happiness, bottled' was shot in France's largest Coca Cola factory in the suburbs of Paris.
Feature film in development with Rooks Nest Entertainment.
I'm delighted to have joined forces with Rooks Nest Entertainment on my feature film SURGE, an alternative take on the bank robbery genre with the excellent Ben Whishaw attached to star. To find out more about Rooks Nest, just click on their logo.
New video for Deptford Goth - Relics
Below is the new video I did for the wonderful Deptford Goth - I shot the footage last year on my phone in Los Angeles when I chanced upon this absolute hero...
Screen International Stars of Tomorrow 2014
In June 2014 I was delighted to be announced as one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow. Each year the film magazine publishes a special edition, which highlights up-and-coming talent both in front of and behind the camera. The article can be seen here.
I was also lucky enough to be featured in conversation with Hossein Amini, the screenwriter of such films as Drive and The Wings of the Dove, and writer-and-director of The Two Faces of January.
TAG - Out now! A BBC iPlayer Exclusive
TAG is one of three drama shorts commissioned by the BBC for iPlayer. Written by Katherine Chandler the film documents the most epic game of Tag you've ever seen. Check out the trailer below and for the full version click here
TAG: A BBC Short Film
Later this month I will begin shooting a short film called TAG, written by Katherine Chandler and commissioned by the BBC as part of a new drama strand exclusively for iPlayer.
The BBC says, "This ambitious new drama strand builds on BBC iPlayer's strategy to showcase more exclusive content within the service in 2013. It is a bold and exciting venture between venture between BBC iPlayer, BBC Three and BBC Drama Production to commission six original short films over two years, written and directed by the best up-and-coming writing talent from across the UK.
We're shooting in a fantastic looking derelict correction facility and in South London and filming begins next week.
3rd November 2013
BEAT WINS UWE NEW EUROPEAN TALENT AWARD
We're over the moon to announce that BEAT picked up the UWE New European Talent Award at last month's Encounters Short Film Festival in Bristol. It's a super festival and therefore a tremendous honour to be recognised by them. The jury said of the film, "We enjoyed the seductive synergy of music and visuals in this short. We admired the commitment and bravery of the central performance and the ambition of the director."
1st November 2013
BEAT SCREENS AT BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL AND MORE...
BEAT screened in sold out cinemas as part of the 57th BFI London Film Festival. Playing as part of the "Shiny Happy Fits of Rage" program, the film screened at the BFI Southbank and at the Institute of Contemporary Art. We also had the pleasure of screening at the Festival du Film Britannique in Dinard last month.
More good news - BEAT has been selected for a few further festivals throughout November. It will play at Leeds International Film Festival (6th - 21st), Cork Film Festival (9th - 17th) and the St Louis International Film Festival in Memphis which takes runs from November 14th and 24th. Well done everybody!
July has brought further success for BEAT, which has been selected for the Academy-qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival, as well as the prestigious Brest European Short Film Festival in France. BEAT will screen on August 10th at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence, Rhode Island and tickets can be purchased here. The Festival Européen du Film Court de Brest takes place in November 2013. More details to come. BEAT has also been selected for the prestigious Encounters Festival in Bristol which will take place in September. Billed as "The UK's leading competitive short film festival", Encounters seeks to promote the importance of short film as a means to develop and progress the next generation of filmmakers and animators. BEAT will screen on Friday 20th September and more information about the festival can be found here. To find out more about BEAT, visit the film's website (link on the menu).
More Festivals for BEAT
It's been a fantastic few weeks for BEAT. After a packed screening at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, we're delighted to announce that the film has been selected for Melbourne International Film Festival on August 4th and Warsaw Film Festival in October. Watch this space because more festival announcements will be coming soon! And remember to check out the BEAT website
BEAT to premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival
We are delighted to announce that BEAT will have its UK premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013. The film will screen as part of the 'Rapture and Revelation' programme at 16:30 on June 27th at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh. For more information and to purchase tickets, check out the festival's official website.
BEAT Production Stills
Below are some stills from the BEAT shoot. We are currently in the process of submitting to festivals and will be getting responses from the first batch soon.