I'm a two-time Emmy Award winner, and twice BAFTA-nominated as a documentary producer and executive producer, and I've been a shooting director for 20 years.
I make documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, CNN, PBS, Vice, ARTE and Al Jazeera, as well as BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. I am also the creator of the podcast To Be Or Not To Be: Lockdown Shakespeare - https://tobeornottobe.podbean.com/
I enjoy variety in my work and try not to get pigeonholed in one genre or style; what most interests me is telling meaningful human stories with a compelling narrative. So over the past two decades, I've investigated war crimes, ethnic cleansing, state repression and religious extremism; I've tackled the mysteries of cosmology with Professor Jim Al Khalili, looked at 19th century engineering projects with Professor Simon Schaffer, and examined world history and culture with Dr Bettany Hughes; I've worked with activists fighting FGM in Africa, transgender people tackling LGBT prejudice in India, and war-damaged PTSD sufferers rebuilding their lives; I've explored the art of female singers in Iran and collaborated with actors at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre; I particularly enjoy tackling the stories which lie at the intersection of human rights, art and activism.
Between 1999 and 2011, I filmed and directed over 20 high-profile current affairs documentaries for Channel 4, mostly Dispatches and Cutting Edge films. These films include the Royal Television Society Award-winning "Prime Suspects", for Channel 4 in 1999, investigating war crimes and tracking down the culprits in Kosovo, Bosnia and Serbia. In 2003, I made an acclaimed investigation into human rights atrocities in Iraq with war reporter Sam Kiley, and my Channel 4 Dispatches documentaries on religious extremism gained further nominations for Best Current Affairs Documentary at the Royal Television Society Awards in 2008, 2011 and 2012. In 2004, my Cutting Edge documentary "The Child Sex Trade", investigating child-trafficking gangs in Romania, made with Romanian journalist Liviu Tipurita, became CNN’s highest rated documentary ever and won us the prestigious US journalism prize, the George Polk Award for Television Reporting.
In 2012, I teamed up with director Deeyah Khan of Fuuse Films, who was filming her first independent documentary on the honour killing of a young London woman, and helped to make the film into an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning feature length documentary. Since then, I've been Executive Producer and one of the editors on Deeyah's films, including the BAFTA-nominated "Jihad: A British Story", and "White Right: Meeting the Enemy", which won an International Emmy in 2018 and was also nominated for a BAFTA.
Since 2011, I've made a number of BBC 4 documentaries on history, travel and science, including "Mechanical Monsters: Engineering Wonders of the 19th Century" and a 90-minute special, "Gravity and Me: The Force That Shapes Our Lives". In 2019 I directed a two-part series for the BBC on the taboo science of eugenics with Adam Pearson and Angela Saini, co-directed an international feature documentary on Ukranian and Belarussian artists' battle for freedom of expression, and in 2020, I was Executive Producer and editor on two films for ITV Exposure, "Muslims in Trump's America" and "America's War on Abortion", directed by Deeyah Khan. I've also made films for Al Jazeera investigating police brutality in Tunisia, on FGM in Senegal, and the effects of the conflict in Ukraine, as well a film for Vice News about persecuted atheists facing violence and repression in fundamentalist communities.
In 2009, I made a radio documentary on Shakespeare's Blackfriars Theatre for BBC Radio 4, and I have collaborated with Shakespeare's Globe Theatre making a documentary on their educational work with children from deprived London boroughs. I'm currently co-director and mentor with the acclaimed refugee and human rights protest theatre, the Belarus Free Theatre, and I recently produced a two-part series on history, culture and literature in the Caucasus for BBC Radio 3, and a film about Syrian refugees in Jordan with historian Bettany Hughes.
I also co-run an independent documentary company, making a feature film for cinema release with seed funding from Ffilm Cymru and the Scottish Documentary Institute, and I have also worked with charities, NGOs and theatre companies in documentary production.
I have won two Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, a Royal Television Society Award and the Polk Award for Investigative Journalism, as well as being twice been nominated for a BAFTA, and have received a Grierson Award nomination and three other RTS nominations, as producer, editor/executive producer or shooting PD.
My other awards include The Human Trafficking Foundation Media Award (2011), Broadcast Award nominee (2011), National Headliners Award for Investigative Journalism, (2003), The Cine Golden Eagle Award (2004), Prix Europa Award (Special Commendation 2001), the Overseas Press Club Award (2003), the Amy and Eric Burger Award for International Reporting (2003), and One World Media Award (2004).