I started writing early, adapting Julius Caesar for the school stage aged about 8 and making myself exactly no friends in the process.
Aged 13, I moved to Paris, where I played in progressively angrier and angrier rock bands, until I discovered writing, under the tutelage of a world-weary English teacher.
I studied English at Oxford, specialising in the Romantic period, notably William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Hazlitt. Upon graduation I produced the (all-but mandated) overwrought literary novel and carefully filed the rejection letters away in a blue folder.
Since then, I have worked as a runner, researcher and eventually writer, penning several drafts of a Cold War thriller on commission. I co-directed several animated music videos, which were broadcast on MTV and racked up 300k YouTube views.
I've also moved to London, worked as a philosophical consultant for a festival of ideas, bounced my way around Europe and had my heart broken in several places.
My 2012 short Two Dancers starred one Carl Barat, late of The Libertines. 2013's Lonely Hearts played at major international festivals including Cleveland and St. Louis, and domestics including LSFF and East End. In 2015 Barry Glitter, a short co-written with director James Gardner, was shot in Blackpool, funded by the NFTS.
In 2016 two feature films based on my screenplays went into production - Jellyfish starred BAFTA nominee Liv Hill and premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, before winning Best Performance at Edinburgh and then sweeping the board at Dinard, winning Best Film, Best Screenplay, the Critics’ Award and a new Best Performance prize created for Liv by the Jury president, Monica Belucci. The film received a UK theatrical release in February 2019, and was praised by Mark Kermode as “A terrific piece of work” and by the Financial Times as “funny, touching, vividly memorable” in a 5* review.
Road comedy Above The Clouds, which featured Philip Jackson (Poirot, My Week With Marilyn) played Raindance in the UK and Austin Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.
My forthcoming projects include odd-couple family refugee comedy Bartek and the Duke, fairytale coming-of-age drama Rabbit and black comedy Grans Gone Wild, also with James Gardner. I also have several TV projects currently in development.