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Buy tickets for THE PASS Premiere


You can now buy tickets for the premiere of THE PASS at the BFI’s website:



THE PASS to open 30th BFI Flare festival


Our film THE PASS has been announced as the Opening Night Gala for the 30th BFI Flare film festival in London.  We’ll be playing the Odeon Leicester Square on March 16th, and you’ll be able to buy tickets.

Read more here!

‘THE PASS’ Cast and Crew Screening

We held our Cast and Crew Screening of THE PASS yesterday at the May Fair Hotel.


Producer Duncan Kenworthy and I made speeches



Thanks to everyone from our wonderful crew who attended.


Now the film is complete, we’ll be submitting it to festivals.

Wrap on ‘THE PASS’

We’ve wrapped on THE PASS, my first feature.

THE PASS Camera and Board

THE PASS was written by John Donnelly based on his incredible play, and stars Russell Tovey, Arinze Kene, Lisa McGrillis and Nico Mirallegro. It’s produced by Duncan Kenworthy.  My old collaborator Chris O’Driscoll was Director of Photography and Peter Francis was our designer.

Today is the first day of the edit, and for the next few weeks we’ll be in Masahiro Hirakubo’s expert hands.

Check back here soon for more information!


Since the summer I’ve been preparing for a feature I’m directing this winter.  We’re shooting at the end of December, and I’m working with lots of the professionals I’ve enjoyed working with before, as well as many others.  I can’t say much more yet, but I’ll update with information soon, and then lots more when we start production.

Lewis and Leigh ‘Say You Miss Me’

My friend Al Lewis asked me to film the recording of ‘Say You Miss Me’, a Wilco cover, performed by his new band ‘Lewis and Leigh’.


‘Selfie’ celebrated at BSC evening

The British Society of Cinematographers included SELFIE at its annual New Cinematographers night on 10th July.

DoP Chris O’Driscoll and I went along and met a great group of other teams who have shot some stunning work.

SELFIE’s natural feel and its stabilised running shot were very well regarded by the assembled industry pros and famous BSC DoPs.

It was a great night, and big thanks go to the BSC for the nod.


My next project is a hybrid TUBE TUBE storyline called ‘STONEBRIDGE’.


It’s a thriller about two intelligence analysts who take it upon themselves to bring in a source, set on London’s Bakerloo tube line.  Unlike regular TUBE TUBE episodes, these contain edits, scoring and sound design.


We filmed the six episodes in January and February, and post production continues.  We’re still figuring out our release pattern, but they’ll most likely be released one per day over the course of the working week, so you’ll have something to watch every morning.

I’m working on a trailer between corporate work at present, so check back soon for a preview!

‘SELFIE’ – before and after

My short filmSELFIE has just been made a Vimeo Staff Pick.  I’m really grateful to the Vimeo guys for picking it out in such a way.

On Vimeo’s advice, I thought I’d put together a sort of behind the scenes article about SELFIE, in this case centred on our approach to the film’s cinematography.  I’d like to share some Before and After shots with you, to show how remarkably faithful we remained in Production to the decisions we made in Prep.

My friend Jon, who joined us on the day we planned our shots, played Trisha for us.  I’d like to apologise to him for sharing these photos…!

On the advice of Director of Photography Chris O’Driscoll, we planned pretty much every shot in SELFIE using an amazing app called Artemis.  I’m normally made nauseous by people extolling the virtues of an app, but Artemis really is brilliant.  It’s a virtual director’s viewfinder that allows you to take photos of your intended shot and save it along with lens and camera information.  The preview images, as you’ll see, are very accurate.

Here’s our opening shot:


And here’s what we planned through Artemis several weeks beforehand:


Here’s another shot that I took in Artemis:


And the final article:


Another before:


And after:


While I know the practice of pre-planning your shots is nothing new, I was really pleased in Post when I noticed just how similar the finished product was to the shots we agreed upon beforehand.  On a low-budget short like SELFIE, having your shots locked, with all the information your camera department will need printed below it, saves you a lot of time on set.  Even more so in a pokey house location.

Once again, I’m absolutely indebted to Chris O’Driscoll for his suggestion we undertake the exercise in the first place.  We’d probably be still shooting SELFIE now if we hadn’t…