I’m a documentary director and film-maker based in London, UK, and aside from my job I’m interested in making bread and taking photographs, sometimes at the same time.
My recent films include a feature documentary on gay rights icon Bette Bourne – more at http://www.bettebournemovie.com – and a series on the history of India, called The Story of India, which was recently repeated on BBC4 in the UK. I’m currently shooting a history of China (for BBC2 in the UK and PBS in the USA) with historian Michael Wood. I also run a small production company with my wife Gaby: Magneto Films makes films and commercials for charities and brands.
I recently completed work on 2 amazing series: one for Al Jazeera English, called The Arabs a People’s History, and a second for WGBH in Boston, called Pilgrimage. You can see some clips on my website here.
I’ve been shooting for over 30 years, first stills and then professionally as a director and cameraman. I use 2 systems for my stills work: a lovely film kit based around a Mamiya 6 camera and lenses and a digital kit based on Canon 5dii & iii. Recently I’ve been shooting more and more with the Canons and really love the speed and freedom digital gives me.
I’m a long time member of an artists’ co-op called Warrior Studios in Brixton, South London. We’re a group of about a dozen artists and photographers who show individually and as a group and we also produce some intriguing limited edition publications through the Warrior Press. Warrior is where I keep my chemical darkroom and a collection of old cassettes that keep me entertained in the long dark hours of printing and developing.