I am a filmmaker with strong academic grounding and interests, and with passion for art cinema and film philosophy. I studied Film at the Westminster Film School and Film Aesthetics at the University of Oxford, and hold a PhD from the University of Salford/AHRC North West Consortium. I have many years of experience working as a cinematographer and self-shooting director on various commercial and corporate productions. I wrote and directed several short and mid-length dramas, and completed a major film project, Affective Cinema, as part of an AHRC-funded doctoral research. I am a lecturer in Film Production at the University of Salford; I previously worked as a lecturer in Film and Screen Production at Queen's University Belfast, and as a visiting lecturer in Film and Contemporary Media Practice at the University of Westminster. I also work as an external examiner at the University of Chichester on the MA Screen Acting and BA (hons) Screen Acting and Creative Technologies programmes. I delivered guest/public lectures and masterclasses at institutions around the UK, including the University of Greenwich and Bath Spa University.
In 2018 I undertook a six-month AHRC-funded residency at the arts centre FACT in Liverpool, which resulted in a major exhibition of Affective Cinema, 20-23 August 2018, and the exhibition of the Living Room of the Future at FACT, at the V&A in London, and during British Council’s Play UK 2018 in Skopje, Macedonia. The Living Room of the Future was a Knowledge Transfer Partnership and a research collaboration between FACT, BBC R&D, The British Council, and the universities of York, Nottingham and Lancaster. I oversaw the integration of video content into the Object Based Media installation, and developed and directed new content for the project.
I took part in residencies at the Sidney Nolan Trust in 2017 and 2018. Besides engaging in a number of collaborations with fellow practice-researchers, I worked with Super8 film stock – editing an experimental film out of found footage and working with film stock shot and processed during the residency. The work from the Sidney Nolan Trust residency was exhibited on 26 November 2018 at the Oxford Street Cinema (former Cornerhouse) in Manchester.
I made a video essay, entitled The Indexical Body of Film: Time-based Experiments in Super8 Materiality and Performance, which includes some of the Super8 material developed during the Sidney Nolan Trust residency. The essay was presented and exhibited at the 2021 BAFFTS Conference, hosted by the University of Southhampton.
A piece from the Affective Cinema project was exhibited at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery in London in November/December 2018, and a vertical version adapted for the MediaWall was shown at Bath Spa University in 2019, as the winner of an inaugural Award in Creative Media Research by the International Journal of Creative Media Research. The work was published in the journal. A piece emerging from the research, entitled Mirrors & Tears was published in the Screenworks journal in 2020.
I am the president of the jury at the Story Image festival in London, where films from my Affective Cinema project have also been screened.