Personal profile

Overview

I am Programme Director for MA Screenwriting.

Prior to my appointment at University of Manchester in 2021 I was Course Leader MA Screenwriting and Head of Screenwriting at London Film School (2017-2021), regularly named amongst the best film schools in the world. I have taught at film schools and universities in the UK and internationally.

At University of Manchester I deliver the MA Screenwriting Semester One unit, Genre and Theme and the Semester Two 90 credit dissertation unit, Industry and the Feature Film. I also teach the undergraduate unit, Introduction to Screenwriting.

In 2023 I chaired the Notes on Bresson conference at University of Manchester (see https://www.youtube.com/@UoMSALC/playlists). I worked as assistant to Robert Bresson on his final film, the Cannes prize-winning L'Argent. My research focuses on his films and especially on his influential volume of aphorisms, Notes on Cinematography, along with issues around forms of collaboration and improvisation in contemporary screenwriting and filmmaking.

I am a screenwriter and script consultant. In 2024 I have two films with screenwriting credits, Bring Them Down (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14186876/) and At The Door of the House Who Will Come Knocking (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt30784023/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1). I also appear as Head of Script in Joanna Hogg's acclaimed Souvenir I and II (2019 and 2021 respectively).

Education/Academic qualification

MA (Oxon) Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Postgraduate Diploma (now MA) in Film Direction, National Film and Television School

FHEA

External positions

External Examiner, Richmond American University London

External Examiner, Birmingham City University

I founded (in 2008) and chair the Robert Bresson Practice-Based Research Group

Chair of Jury, Kendal Mountain Film Festival

Areas of expertise

  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • Screenwriting
  • Filmmaking
  • Robert Bresson
  • Twentieth Century British and French Cinema

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Creative Manchester