My short film After Auschwitz is currently doing the rounds at film festivals internationally and has been selected to feature as part of the Official Selection: Tirana International Film Festival (Tirana, Albania), Tryon International Film Festival (North Carolina, USA), The Taste Awards (Los Angeles, USA) *award-nominated, AHRC Film Award (London, UK) * nominated for the Inspiration Award, Awareness Film Festival (Los Angeles, USA), Universal Film Festival (Kansas City, Missouri - USA) *award-nominated, Eureka Springs Human Rights Film Festival (Arkansas, USA) *award-winning, Near Nazareth Film Festival (Israel), Cumbria Short Film Competition *award-nominated, Pennine Film Festival, Immigrants of Spitalfields Festival (London, UK), Phoenix Film Festival (Melbourne, Australia), Shorts Off Film Festival (a BAFTA Cymru qualifying festival)


Recent news


I'm currently a participant of the CLOSR Development Programme with Raising Films which has the support of the Creative England, Directors UK, Pact and WGGB. The personal and network development pilot scheme is for writers, directors and producers based in the English regions (outside Greater London) who are parents or carers .


The audio drama The Mighty Carlins by Collin Doyle which I directed for Wireless Theatre Company is now available on CD as part of the Wireless Theatre Collection Vol 2. in addition to being available as an online download.


In 2017 I'll be working with fellow writer-director Amy Jephta in Cape Town and Manchester on a joint South African and UK project entitled REFUGE. The project has recieved the generous support of British Council Connect ZA Arts Programme.


All projects connect creative communities in the UK and ZA through New Partners, New Projects and New Spaces. We invite you to participate in the projects and events over the next year both online and offline. Council Connect / ZA.









I'm currently in post-production for the short film Fellaz by screenwriter Alexandra Keelan, which I'm directing with actors Steven Hillman and Amir Rahimzadeh. It is being produced by Ultimatum Films.


My short film After Auschwitz is currently being submitted to festivals internationally. In addition to being selected to feature at several festivals the film has also been nominated for the Inspiration Award at the AHRC Film Awards at a ceremony to be held at BAFTA in London on 10th November.


In May we raised £825 via CrowdfunderUK to send my short film After Auschwitz to film festivals. Thank you to all of those who pledged their support and to the Bolton News, That's Manchester, The Jewish Hour (Salford City Radio) and Bolton FM for the assistance in raising the profile of the project.


From December 2015 to February 2016 I was on a placement at The Octagon Theatre Bolton, assisting David Thacker on his productions of Two and Two 2 by Jim Cartwright alongside RTYDS Resident Assistant Director Ben Occhipinti.


At the end of 2015 I was shortlisted for The Genesis Future Directors Award 2016 at the Young Vic. The award nurtures and develops emerging young directors by providing them with an invaluable opportunity to explore and develop their craft while creating their first fully resourced production at the Young Vic without the scrutiny of the media.



In November 2015 I directed the new short play 'Sugared Armour' as part of JB Shorts 14. Written by Anita Pandolfo, BAFTA winning writer and co-creator of television's 'The Cops'.


In 2015 I was longlisted to be a part of the Old Vic 12. The Old Vic 12 is an exciting opportunity for 12 emerging artists looking to make the next step in their careers. The scheme will offer them opportunities to expand networks, receive first class mentorship and benefit from the prestigious association with The Old Vic through an attachment to Matthew Warchus’ first season. The scheme is looking for three directors, three playwrights, three producers, plus one designer, composer and choreographer.




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