I had an epiphany watching a TV documentary as a teenager. I heard a voice from behind the camera and realised there was a human being there, asking questions. It took some years for this simple but life-changing realisation to filter across to the "I Could Do That" part of my brain, so I studied Politics and International Relations in the meantime. I took a Masters degree in Media Production and watched a lot of films, spent time in galleries getting excited about Video Art, and made a short experimental documentary about Absinthe in Barcelona. Upon graduation I confidently declared that I was now a filmmaker, and then very quickly discovered it was not yet so.
I got a break on Pawel Pawlikowski's Last Resort, a BBC drama built of documentary aesthetics and techniques. Here I met a crew of passionate and dedicated professionals who rewarded my tea-making skills by keeping me busy for the next couple of years. One of them was Marc Isaacs who employed me as Assistant Producer on his documentary debut LIFT (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJNAvyLCTik), which went on to win a multitude of awards at festivals around the world and screen on Channel 4 TV in the UK.
Thereafter I bounced between the worlds of drama and documentary until finding work as in-house studio producer for CC-Lab in Soho which led to music videos, live performance films, and many late nights. It was the start of a creative relationship with director Paul Kelly and the band Saint Etienne which culminated in us all spending a year together as Artists in Residence at Southbank Centre in London.
Three years ago I finally became that person behind the camera asking questions (although like my hero Albert Maysles I would describe myself as a filmmaker rather than a director).
I was drawn to India by a bank manager using his position to bring about social change (https://vimeo.com/9419926) and then kept returning to that strange and magical/chaotic country to find stories and people who inspired me. I spent 18 days living on an Indian train to document the Jagriti Yatra: (https://vimeo.com/25499019) and met a paperboy in Jamshedpur who I followed for a day, creating a short film which won the 2012 Vimeo Documentary Award: https://vimeo.com/19890458. I also worked with an NGO to make a film about handwashing which has been viewed over 300,000 times:
I recently spent 12 months in New York as a Uniondocs Collaborative Fellow.