I studied at the Royal College of Art, and after graduating made a series of short films with Arts Council support, that explored the juxtaposition of the human form with the natural landscape, often associated with marine imagery.
In 1991, I made 'Relax' for the British Film Institute's New Directors Scheme. This short drama, about a young gay man undergoing the test for HIV/Aids won many awards including Best Experimental Short at the Melbourne Film festival, and a Berlin Teddy for Best Gay Short. This led to the opportunity to make my first feature, 'Anchoress', a medieval story dramatizing the conflict between Paganism and Christianity through the experience of a young girl who wants to be incarcerated in her local church. A second feature, Madagascar Skin, starring John Hannah and Bernard Hill, again experimented with narrative form.
Both films were officially selected for the Cannes Film Festival.
I moved into Digital film-making with Metamorphosis having gained a Film London/Flamin award and in 2012 was commissioned by Film London and BBC Radio 4
to make 'Dickens in London', 5 x 15 minute films exploring the life of Charles Dickens. a combination of live action, animation and puppetry. Other recent commissions have included 'Something Understood', for Norwich Museum, exploring aspects of prayer within different Faiths, and relating it to facets of the Norfolk countryside.
'My practice divides between projects which involve a constructed world and have a theatrical bent, and another strand which is purely observational. In my current work 'Mudlarking' I am meticulously documenting a part of London over several years using video, photography and sound.
'Everything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough'.
Acme Live/Work 2017-22
Selected Exhibitions and screenings:
A Century of Artists Film and Video. Tate Britain.
Artists Film and Video Series, a retrospective, Clore Gallery Tate Britain.
Arrows of Desire Touring exhibition, Institute of Contemporary Arts.
Art of Faith Exhibition, Norwich Museum and Art Gallery.
Films have been screened at the
BFI South bank
Lincoln Centre New York
Lincoln Centre New York
Sundance Film Festival.
Berlin Panorama, Toronto Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival
Stockholm Film Festival
Film prints and negatives are held at the BFI National Archive.