Very excited to be working with director Kenton Oxley and producer Erica Emm on a feature commission about an MMA fighter who's also a wife, mother, and NHS nurse. In our story she faces the biggest fight of her life not against a brutal opponent in the cage but against her own mental health.
This project combines so many of my interests and has a fascinating true story at its heart. It will be an exhilarating, darkly comic, and highly subjective look at depression, body dysmorphia and life in the cage and on the front line of the NHS. I feel extremely honoured to be asked to write this story, just hope I can do it justice...
I've been a bit quiet on here these last few months as I've been working as the researcher and writer's room support on Danny Boyle's next TV show - a 6 part drama about the rise and fall of the Sex Pistols, based on Steve Jones' book, 'Lonely Boy'.
It's been such a privilege to learn from people who have been at the very top of this industry for 20+ years and seeing how Danny and Craig (in particular) approach their craft. The fact that you couldn't ask for a friendlier and more welcoming cast and crew is a big bonus too.
We're shooting until the summer, so until then, get pissed, destroy.
I just finished this mini-doc for Adult Cerebral Palsy Hub in celebration of World CP Awareness Day. The film is made up of 20 Zoom interviews with people who are changing perceptions of the condition and achieving great things in life.
The original plan was to interview the participants in a studio or in their own homes, but the threat of a second wave of Covid-19 meant that we had to take the party to Zoom instead. I'm not going to pretend that shooting on video conferencing software with a cantankerous internet connection is every filmmaker's dream, but in this instance the inspiring stories and characters shone though to make this a very special film.
Whether you have CP or not, these guys are an amazing example of where determination, persistence and empathy can get you, even when the odds aren't stacked in your favour.
Has so much fun shooting these little social media shorts for one of my best (and most photogenic) friends, Katie Locker, who is launching her own catering company, Sticky Pig.
Pavlina Saward has just taken me on for International Representation at Driven By Creatives. Exciting times!
Matt Brown, Anna Allgrove and the lovely people at Dark Energy have asked me to join their roster of directors. Dark Energy is "an award winning commercials production company representing an eclectic roster of exciting established and emerging directing talent." They recently won a fist full of awards at The Charity Awards, Creative Circle and a Silver Pencil at The One Show.
So proud of this spot for Nicorette, made with BBDO Flare, produced by Claire Nolan, shot by Chris Clarke and edited by Amy Daniel. Great to get a shout from the living room, "Quick quick, come here quick" when it came on during the football.
Well hello shooting, How I have missed you. And even better, I get to shoot with one of my best friends, Katie Locker, who is soon to launch her very own catering company, having worked as a chef for years. Nothing more mesmeric than watching her wrap dumplings at lightening speed. Everything she makes is beautiful, and she is beautiful, which makes my job very easy.
It was very heartening to see thousands of people coming out in support of Black Lives Matter in London today. I shot a little short film which. if nothing else, shows how peaceful and respectful the protest was from when I was standing.