I am co-programme director of a post-graduate degree, Film, Exhibition & Curation, at Edinburgh University. Prior to that I was a producer/director at the BBC, making a range of factual entertainment and documentary programmes.
In 2015/16 I made a feature documentary about Antonia Bird which screened on BBC Four in May 2016 then launched retrospectives of Bird’s work at BFI Southbank, Home Manchester, Edinburgh Filmhouse. https://antonia-bird.com/
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In 2015 I made a feature documentary following the creative process of Scottish playwright Peter Arnott as he worked on a play about theatre censorship in the formed GDR commissioned by Professor Laura Bradley.
2013/14 I made a film with poet and author Robert Alan Jamieson based on his collection of poems, ‘Nort Atlantik Drift’.
The year before that, I collaborated with three sound designers and a poet on an experimental film and screening which engaged the audience in discussion about the process of live improv and exhibition. It was created as a companion piece to Berlin: Symphony of a Great City which screened as part of Weimarvellous at the Glasgow Film Festival 2012.
Other credits are listed below but since I recently found elements I directed of ‘Star Trek Night’ (BBC 2001) on youtube (so long ago) I thought they’d be fun to link to here.
And an old showreel
- Producer/Director: Reported Scotland: 1 x 60’ documentary on the history of TV News. (TX BBC One Scotland Sept 30 2007)
- Series Producer/ Director: Deadline: The Story of The Scottish Press: 6 x 30’ documentary series (TX BBC One Scotland Sept 2007)
- Series Producer/Director: ERI: Edinburgh Royal Infirmary: 6 x 30’ observational documentary series featuring orthopaedic, cardiothoracic and transplant surgery. (TX BBC One Scotland Mar 2006).
- Director: A Dog’s Chance: 1 x 30’ documentary about dog owners competing at Crufts (TX BBC Scotland April 2005)
- Producer/Director: Hollywood Greats: Anthony Hopkins: 1 x 40’ documentary on Anthony Hopkins presented by Jonathan Ross. (TX. BBC Two June 13 2004)
- Producer/Director The Way Went Wild: 1 x 60’ documentary on Bill Oddie & Johnny Morris. (TX. BBC Two June 13 2004)
- Director: ArtWorks: Whistler’s Maw: 1 x 30’ documentary about Whistler’s portrait of his Mother. (TX. BBC Two Scotland, Aug 10 2003)
- Producer/Director: The Makhmalbaf Film House: 1 x 60’ documentary about 17 year old, award-winning Iranian film director, Samira Makhmalbaf, and her family. (TX BBC Four Aug 2002)
- Series Producer/ Director: The DVD Collection: 26 x 30’ weekly film review programme for BBC Four including half hour documentary special about Polish film maker Krystof Kieslowski.
- Director: Star Trek: Make It So: 1 x 25’ documentary for Star Trek Night (TX BBC2 Sept 2001)
- Producer/Director: Cannes 2001 : 1 x 30’ (TX BBC Four, May 20, 2001)
- Producer: Film 2000 with Jonathan Ross: Film review series for BBC One. (TX 2000)
- Researcher: Film ‘99 with Jonathan Ross: Film review series for BBC One. (TX 1998)
- Researcher: Last Of The Good Guys: A tribute to James Stewart 1x 40’ documentary (TX Network BBC2: December 23 1997; January 2 1998)
- Researcher: How To Make A Movie: 3 x 30’ documentary series (TX Network BBC2: September 1998)
- Producer. Pan-Fried 16mm B&W 7 minute Drama, Dir: Justin Molotnikov. Funded by British Screen, Scottish Television, National Lottery. Awards: Scottish New Talent BAFTA for Best Performance (James Young) (1998)
- Director: Lemn Sissay ‘Gold From The Stone’. A short, synch super-8, colour film exploring poetry and performance. Screened at Edinburgh International Film Festival, The British Short Film Festival and Bradford Film Festival (1996)
- Writer/ Director. Hill Of Beans. A short drama financed in part by Scottish Screen’s First Reels scheme. Screened at Edinburgh International Film Festival and on Scottish Television.