Backstory

BACKSTORY

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 literature under the tutelage of a world-weary English teacher. 

I studied English at Oxford, where I specialised in the Romantic period, notably William Blake, the notorious Samuel Taylor Coleridge and ruckus-loving essayist William Hazlitt.

Upon graduation I produced the (all-but mandated) overwrought literary novel in a matter of months, and then 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, as a man who falls for the ballerina hired to teach him to dance for his wedding.

At the other end of the scale, 2013's Lonely Hearts was a bloody affair, a romcom about a serial killer who just wants to find love. The film 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. This was followed by The Car Washer, another NFTS short starring Daniel Adeboyega and Helen Kennedy.

2016 saw two feature films go into production - road comedy Above The Clouds, which featured Philip Jackson (Poirot, My Week With Marilyn) and social drama Jellyfish starring Sinead Matthews and Cyril Nri. Both projects are currently in post-production and will be embarking on the festival circuit during 2017. 

I am currently adapting French sci-fi novel La Zone Du Dehors by Alain Damasio on commission, as well as rewriting odd-couple spec Bartek and the Duke and time travel escapade A Certain Tomorrow.