My work encompasses documentary, drama, radio, commercials, corporate and most recently site-specific theatre. Recurring themes include, the changing nature of childhood, religion and marginalised communities.
Since leaving the BBC in 2003 I have been worked as a freelance documentary director/producer, story consultant and academic. In 2012, I was awarded a chair as Professor of Documentary Practice at Newport Film School. I am currently Director of the School of Film & Television at Falmouth University.
I have won 3 BAFTA awards, an RTS award, the Premios Ondas (Spain) and prizes at the Celtic, Berlin and Chicago film festivals.
I have made radio productions for BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service. Most of these programmes have been personal journeys, in which I have taken on the role of presenter as well as director.
‘Fragments In Time’ (2000, BBC Radio 4) was nominated for a SONY award and won Best European Radio Documentary at both the Celtic Film Festival and the Premios Ondas in Spain.
Fog of Sex (2015)
Three years in the making, this documentary drama recreates the stories and experiences of nine female sex workers who balance a life in Higher Education, with life as a sex worker. To preserve anonymity the student sex workers are played by actors, all the dialogue however is verbatim, drawn directly from the interview transcripts. This frank and constantly surprising film does not judge and does not take sides – it presents the stories ‘as they were told’ and leaves room for the audience to decide.
The film is made as part of The Student Sex Work Project, a lottery funded research study run by Swansea University.
In 2001, I made ‘The Hallelujah Kids’, described by the London Evening Standard as “deeply brilliant” and, “wistful, sad and slightly surreal….” by The Observer. The film is an intimate and unsettling portrait of an American child evangelist consumed by his own devils. I am currently in development for a follow up film.
In 2006, I worked with artist Shimon Attie in the ex-mining community of Aberfan, charting the creation of an artwork to mark the 40th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster. The film won Best Documentary that the 2007 Celtic Media Festival.
A three year project undertaken for BBC Everyman/Discover Health to analyse the power of prayer.
A short drama, made for theatrical release and based on my research whilst making Fragments In Time (2000 BBC Radio 4).
Winner of two BAFTA Cymru Awards (2000) for Best Factual Director and Best Education programme, this 20 minute film was made for BBC education.
Made for The Lowdown series on Children’s BBC, The Lost City tells a story of child poverty in 90’s Britain.