Filmmaker

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In 2000 I wrote produced and directed my first short film, ON THE NOSE, which like RUN AWAY BRIDE and BATTLEFIELD EARTH, was a film that just had to be made. It told the touching story of WENZEL a vagrant with a penchant for the Gee Gees (in particular one called LAY ME A CABLE) and his battle against debilitating constipation.

This was followed by THE PROPOSAL, which centred around BERTHA, a naughty oversexed 75-year-old grandmother, who had it bad for her granddaughter’s boyfriend. THE PROPSAL was a finalist at the Blue Mountains film festival, screened at The Adelaide Shorts festival and came runner up in the comedy section of the Sour Grapes festival.

In 2002 self-promotion and art collided in WHATEVER IT TAKES. A satirical look at what goes on on the other side of the glass in Voice Over Land.

In 2003 I completed CHATABOX, a 15-minute exploration of the darker side of Internet chat rooms and online dating. This was my first attempt at serious drama and I was delighted to be a finalist at the prestigious FILMSTOCK International film festival in the UK. CHATABOX also screened at St Kilda, the Blue Mountains and Short Cuts festivals.

In 2006 I enrolled in the one year full time Post Graduate Diploma at the Victorian College of the Arts Film School. I graduated with High Distinctions and was nominated for MOST OUTSTANDING POST GRADUATE STUDENT.

My first VCA film COURTING DISASTER examines the consequences of taking matters into your own hands and probes the concept that sometimes the love you give yourself is the kindest love of all.

My graduating VCA film (and most ambitious to date) thirtyfive candles, tells the story of a 35 year old man who never grew up and stills lives at home with his mother. For his birthday his mother decides to buy him the only thing she can’t give him which in turns forces her to confront the true nature of her relationship with her son.

I am presently writing a feature length screenplay as part of my Masters by Research at The Victorian College of the Arts film school. I have dual Australian and British citizenship and I’m very keen to work both locally and internationally as a writer and or director.

Photo by Natasha Blankfield