Cinema has always been my primary pastime and constant source of inspiration for me. I suppose it had something to do with not being interested in sports as a kid, and not being very good at video games and initially not having much patience for novels. I love the grazing on chocolate and popcorn, the tease of the coming-soon trailers and comfy seats as much as the dark & dreamy world that you venture to with friends but share with strangers, where a man can stand 20 feet tall and a look can kill. I'm lucky enough to have immersed myself in film for all of my adult life. At Warwick University I read Film & Literature (summarised by the great Al Murray to me as "sitting in front of the telly with a book in your lap"). After my undergraduate degree I studied Creative and Media Enterprises also at Warwick which gave me the opportunity for work placements at BBC Films, Optimum Releasing and finally at the BFI where I now work as Marketing Assistant.
I have always enjoyed making films, Sweding blockbusters and classics long before Michel Gondry's Be Kind Rewind coined the term. My favourite was the colour remake of Psycho made by my male cousins and I, where I had to take on the Janet Leigh role, on account of the fact I had the longest hair. More recently I've been involved in several short film productions in various roles, including actor, unit manager etc. But one of the greatest moments for me recently was seeing a film I directed, as part of a 48 hour film project, screen at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Sq. I made the film with my wonderful friends at Tea Fuelled Art, we scripted, shot and edited the film all within 48 hours and I'm dead chuffed with it. We were given some fixed elements to include which were a runner called Sam, a prop (a bone) and a line of dialogue: "I was expecting something bigger".
I'm going to use this page to update on my experience in the world of film, projects I'm involved in as well as talking about important film issues that grab my attention, and I'm going to try and do at least brief reviews of films I see (but I do see a lot) and films I love/hate. I hope you find something of interest here. Why not start with my film A Lie on the Lips which you can see below: