1991 National Film & TV School, Beaconsfield, UK
Mentors: Stephen Frears, Mike Leigh, Mike Newell.
1983 University College London
BA Hons. English Literature
Tutors: Dan Jacobson, Karl Miller, John Sutherland
1976 Northgate Grammar School, Ipswich, UK
Work History - Film & Television
2012 Producer/Director Boom Town Electric Pictures for ABC1
Observational documentary following millionaires in the world's most isolated city Perth, Western Australia
(6 x 30 mins Self-Shot Sony EX3 Full-HD)
2011 Producer/Director Vet School Prospero Productions for ABC1
Observational documentary following student veterinarians at Murdoch University in Perth, WA
(6 x 30 mins Self-Shot Sony HDW-F900 Full-HD)
2011 Director A Colourful Day
Short Film. A mid-summer's day out with Australain artist Duncan James.
Byron Bay Film Festival
Ducan James (8 mins Canon 5D MkII HD)
2010 Director Perch Creek for Screen Australia
Development for an observational documentary following the Perch Creek Family Jug Band. Dungog Film Festival
Screen Australia (17 mins Canon 5D MkII HD)
Watch on Vimeo
2009 Series Director Angels in New York for SBS
Observational documentary following the staging of a new Australian-produced musical on Broadway
SBS (4 x 30 mins self-shot HDX900 DVCPRO Full-HD)
2008 Producer/Director The Nest - The Wilkinsons.
Freehand Productions for SBS
Formatted documentary about Australian families with adult children living at home
SBS (6 x 60 mins, self-shot DSR570)
2007 Producer/Director Honey We're Killing the Kids - The Bainbridges. BBC3
Intimate ob doc access for the life-changing BBC family format.
TX BBC3 August 20th 2007 (1 x 60 mins, self-shot DSR570 and Z1)
2006 Producer/Director The Monastery, US. Tiger Aspect for TLC
Watch web version now.
Highly-regarded observational documentary following five non-believers as they spend 40 days and 40 nights in a Benedictine monastery in New Mexico. Produced by Tiger Apsect for DCI.
TX TLC/Discovery Oct/Nov 2006. (5 x 60mins, Self-shot on DVCPRO50 SDX900)
2005 Producer/Director Demolition - Housing Oxford Film & TV for Channel 4
C4 series hosted by presenters Kevin McCloud and Janet Street-Porter about Britains most unpopular buildings.
TX C4 November 27th 2005. (1x60mins, Self-shot on DSR570)
2004 Producer/Director Trouble at the Top: Hey Jo. BBC2
Mould-breaking actuality with bumptious millionaire Dave West and his quest for love and happiness.
TX BBC2 February 8th 2005. (1x39mins, Self-shot on DigiBeta)
2003-2004 Producer/Director Trouble at the Top: Terry & Liz BBC2
Classic three-act ob doc story about shoe designer Terry de Havillands comeback. Intimate observational documentary for BBC2.
TX BBC2 March 11th 2004. (1x 39mins, Self-shot on DigiBeta)
2002 Lecturer in Film & Television Southampton Institute, specialising in screenwriting.
2002 Super16mm Camera Peace One Day
Contributed film footage to peace campaigner Jeremy Gilleys feature doc for BBC's Storyville.
1994-1998 Corporate Producer/Director:
Produced and directed numerous videos through my own company. Notably a highly-regarded video dealing with Internal Dishonesty at Marks & Spencer.
1993 Drama Director Memoirs of an Amnesiac
(Super16mm). Short film with Jeremy Gilley and Beaty Edney.
1992 Drama Director Lily from Begonia
Childrens series shot on location in South Africa and the UK. 2 x 26mins.
1991 Drama Director "REVOLVER"
Watch on YouTube
Short Film with Liam Neeson,
Winner of a dozen awards, including Critics' Week Cannes, Aix, Chicago, Tokyo, Brest, Munich and the Kino award in Melbourne. Shown at more than 40 festivals world-wide, sold in 15 territories. (NFTS, 35mm Panavision)
1990 Series Director:"Magic"
Shot in English and set in Hamburg, $6 million dollar mini-series Magic for NDR International told the backstage stories of the cast of a fictional musical, loosely based on the German production of Andrew Lloyd-Webber's 'Cats'. The musical 'show-within-the-show' was shot on one of Germany's largest sound stages and was composed, designed, constructed, choreographed, and staged in parallel with pre-production and the first weeks of location filming. Principle photography on the series was completed in just 75 shooting days with a full 35mm crew. All episodes were directed by Chester Dent. Script by television veteran Paul Wheeler.
Represented by William Morris in London and Los Angeles.
NDR International (6 x 52mins, 35mm Arriflex)
1988-1992 Commercials Director:
Numerous commercials for agencies, among others Bates Dorland, Saatchi and Saatchi including Clio Award winning Starlight Express commercial.
1988 Documentary Director: Carrie following the ill-fated RSC broadway production of the musical based on Stephen Kings book. (Lombard productions, 16mm, 26min)
1988 Music Video Director:
Represented by Eurythmics' production company the Oil Factory. Directed top 10 hit videos for Eurythmics, LondonBeat and others.
1987 Documentary Director: Super Car following the development of the Panther Solo mid-engined sports car by a Korean entrepreneur at Panthers Brooklands factory.(Lombard Productions, corporate, 16mm)
1983-87 Direction Student, National Film School, Beaconsfield. Special tutors included Stephen Frears, Mike Leigh and Mike Newell.
1984 Documentary Camera, Sharpville Spirit (16mm), Loy Films, South Africa (Channel4)
1983 Documentary Camera, Re Tla Bona (We Will See) (16mm), Loy Films, South Africa (for radical South African literacy charity Learn & Teach)
1981 Screenwriter: Sky Blue. Feature based upon a life of my father, artist, game ranger, conservationist and bush mystic Hugh Railton Dent. Moonyeen Lee Productions, South Africa.
1981 Documentary Camera, The Sun Will Rise (16mm), International Defence & Aid Fund (ANC), South Africa/ London
1980 Writer/Director Funes the Memorious (UCL Film 16mm) Student short film based on story by J-L. Borges. (Channel4).
2001 Open University
Interface Design (HCI) and Relational Databases
as part of MSc. in Computing for Commerce and Industry
1995 Apple Developer University, San José, California
Multimedia Development with QuickTime VR
Excellent working knowledge:
Panasonic HDX900, Sony HDW-F900
Sony PMW-EX3, JVC GY-HM700, Canon XF305
Canon DSLR 5D MkII
Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer,
Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop
Health & Safety Accreditation
BBC Safe Management of Productions Part 1
BBC Safe Management of Productions Part 2
BBC Safe Manual Handling Techniques for Camera and Sound Operators
BBC Interactive Health & Safety Training
Directors Guild of Great Britain
+61 2 8514 5400
BBC Popular Features & Business
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