I’ve enjoyed my time working in video and broadcasting. I worked for more than ten years with the BBC as a producer and reporter, then moved on to the UN – as a video producer, speech writer and communication officer – in places like Iraq, Sri Lanka, Kosovo and New York. Today I’m still making short docs – am planning a doc on genocide denial in Bosnia. I’m also working on an animation about forced climate migration with the distinguished Iranian animator Majid Adin.
A major turning point for me came in 2003 when I survived the terrorist attack on the UN’s HQ in Baghdad. After meeting some of the remarkable people there, I wanted to tell their stories. I went back to Iraq in 2005 to make my own independent documentary about UN staffers struggling to make an impact in a country ruled by the gun: Poisoned Chalice: the UN in Iraq.
My other major interest is fiction writing. I’m currently working on a novel, with an agent, building a story around a fictitious apprentice to Isaac Newton. I’ve also recently completed a draft of “Fate,” a novel on the birth of artificial intelligence, and an imagined rivalry between Alan Turing and Werner Heisenberg.
During a year spent in Sri Lanka I shot a short doc focusing on the impact of the country’s civil war on the different communities there.
I regard myself as being privileged – going to unusual places and being paid to make films. I’ve had the chance to meet some extraordinary people – and I have some personal commentaries and reflections on my trips on my blog.
I feel I also learned a lot after moving to the US from my native UK – not least from my American wife Ariel.
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