"IF IT CAN BE WRITTEN, OR THOUGHT, IT CAN BE FILMED"
- STANLEY KUBRICK
A LITTLE ABOUT ME.
To kick things off, I grew up on the Kapiti Coast of New Zealand. My passion for looking through viewfinders developed at around the age of 6 and hasn't stopped since. From the creation of home-made stop-motion LEGO movies to now critically acclaimed and internationally successful short and mini-feature films, my ideology when it comes to filmmaking is experimentation. I like to push boundaries and break rules in order to exceed audience expectations, but all of it only to communicate narrative in new and bold ways.
In my earlier years (2013 - 2014) I gained national and international success with a line-up of back-to-back award winning short documentaries; "Predator", "Someday", and "To The Rescue".
Gradually I shifted my sights to narrative film-making, bridging the gap with an award-winning scripted short 'mockumentary' "Eutha-nation" and then winning Best New Zealand Film (Year 12, New Zealand Student Film Festival) with my first publicly released narrative endeavour, "Stage". During this time (2014 - 2015) I also honed my skills on various other unreleased narrative short films, music videos, mockumentaries and stage shows, most notably being my award-winning rendition of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus" which won Best 5 Minute Piece, Best Connection Between Actors and Best Original Piece at the National Sheila Winn Shakespeare Festival.
In 2016 I left home at the age of 17 and moved far down south to Christchurch, New Zealand where I had been accepted under alternative requirements as the youngest ever applicant to the Ara Institute of Canterbury (formerly known as CPIT) where I began to pursue a Bachelor of Screen and Television Broadcasting Degree. Here I finally met likeminded classmates and made life-long friends of many of them. Almost immediately I began production on a huge extra-curricular project, my first 40-minute documentary "The Common Touch" about high-profile cancer survivor Jake Bailey, which has since been chosen as Official Selection at the Oscar® Qualifying Doc Edge film festival, New Zealand's only and Australasia's premiere international documentary film festival.
Also during my first year at The New Zealand Broadcasting School I worked on numerous short films in and outside of course requirements. I strived to keep myself busy and build to my portfolio. I created "Clean", a 2-minute short film as part of my course and later in the year I wrote, directed and edited a 24-minute short film "Befriended". Simultaneously I continued to work on a documentary podcast about the framing of Mississippi Elvis Impersonator Paul Kevin Curtis in the assassination attempt on U.S. President Barack Obama in 2011. I was also a Production Assistant on Martin Sagadin's debut feature "Spring Interlude", Producer and Director of Photography on Isabella Walsh's short film "Antarctica" and wrote and co-directed another controversial but multi-award winning short 'mockumentary' "Generation G" with James Murray.
In 2017 I started my second year at The New Zealand Broadcasting School. My mini-feature documentary "The Common Touch" had it's World Premiere in Wellington, New Zealand and was met with raving reviews. I wrote and directed a course-related 12-minute super-villain short film "Oswald" and signed on to direct a music video for local artist Pickle Darling's hit single "Mouthful". I'm also working hard on finishing "Befriended", "Antarctica", the Paul Kevin Curtis podcast and various other projects currently in the works. I have another short documentary on the way, about the origins of black and white magic in Bali, Indonesia and I'm also excited to announce that I'm in pre-production on my debut feature film currently titled "Ray".
So, that's all there is to know, I guess.