I am incredibly grateful to have benefited from The Family Support Fund which specifically targets parents and carers who need financial help with childcare or caring responsibilities.
The 12-month pilot scheme is a joint partnership with Raising Films and the Film & Television Charity to provide short term financial support.
A special thanks also to The Film & Television Charity and Northern Film + Media for their recent support through the Going Places Fund - which offers grants to cover travel and subsistence expenses for individuals needing to attend training, interviews or pitches.
The short film STRAGGLERS on which I was a producer with Ultimatum Films is currently being submitted to film festivals.
In January 2019 I made the final three of The Pitch - Film Competition 2018 with THE END after pitching live to a panel of industry judges at Pinewood Studios - narrowly missing out on £30,000 of short film funding and production support.
I'm now in the process of seeking alterative sources of funding in order to take the short into production. My initial 2-minute proof of concept film can be viewed at
(Runner-up in The Pitch - Film Competiton 2018 - award presented by Toyah Willcox - Photo: Scot Openshaw)
My fourth feature-length audio drama NIGHT OF THE ORCHID by Marty Ross, which I directed for Wireless Theatre Company was released at the end of October 2018 and is now available as an audio download.
In December 2017 the audio drama I HEART AMY by Elizabeth Parikh which I directed for Wireless Theatre Company was released online.
In 2017 I was a participant of the inaugural 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 was for writers, directors and producers based in the English regions (outside Greater London) who are parents or carers.
The feature-length 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 on Amazon.
In 2017 I worked in collaboration with fellow writer-director Amy Jephta in Cape Town and Manchester on a joint South African and UK project entitled REFUGE. The project was made possible through the generous support of BRITISH COUNCIL CONNECT ZA ARTS PROGRAMME.
At the end of 2019 I was selected to be part of Open Horizons #2, a new 6 month initiative to help early career professionals overcome disadvantages caused by their geographical location. The scheme is financed by The Film & TV Charity and managed by Northern Film + Media and NFM Academy.
I was recently chosen as one of four finalists in Audible's Audio Drama Production Competition with sound designer extraordinaire Paul Darling and had the pleasure of working with a great team at Audible's studios to produce a 21 minute audio drama that I'm incredibly proud of. Though we didn't win - missing out on a £5000 budget for our next production, the feedback we've received was fantastic.
I'm currently in post-production with OMEGA; a four-part audio drama series for BBC Audio Drama Award winning prodution company Wireless Theatre, due to be released in Winter 2019.