I am an award-winning Animation Director, and a graduate of the National Film & Television School. I am a BAFTA Connect member, having previously been selected for the BFI Network and BAFTA Crew 2019 / 2020 & 2020 / 2021.
The stories I tell are of the peculiarities of human behaviour, the internal, and the tragicomic, sometimes influenced by my background working in psychology, homelessness and offending services, or by my day-to-day observations of human behaviour. I mix animation techniques with live action, my curiosity often leading to new and playful ideas.
My film, Don't Think of a Pink Elephant, premiered at Leicester Square Picture House and has since been showcased at over 100 international festivals (including 6 BAFTA and 4 Oscar accredited festivals). It picked up 15 awards for Best Animation or Best Director, and received several more nominations. I was really happy to be one of five film artists whose work featured as part of the exhibition, 'Herself: Girlhood in Stop-Motion Film' at the Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara. The exhibit ran for three months and included animation classes for girls, and facilitated discussions around mental health and #MeToo. I was invited to speak for the Royal College of Psychiatrists at their annual liaison event on my film and on mental health.
I have since been working at Aardman Animations and am now developing my own animated TV series. As a writer, my live action script, Ousted, was a quarter finalist in Screencraft's TV Pilot competition 2021. I was a judge for ÉCU, The European Independent Film Festival 2019, and have been a BAFTA mentor for the BFI Film Academy.
I have worked at a number of studios including Nickelodeon and Aardman Animations, where I worked on Nick Park's Early Man as well as on Shaun the Sheep. I graduated from Leeds College of Art & Design with a degree in Visual Communications. I have worked as a freelance artist on residencies and in education, and as a puppet fabricator and model maker in commercial animation and film studios.
I am always excited to hear of new opportunities or potential collaborations.