I’m a screenwriter, author and former film critic.
My debut short is Gothic thriller BRICKS (2015), starring Jason Flemyng (X-MEN: FIRST CLASS) and Blake Ritson (DA VINCI’S DEMONS) and co-written with Neville Pierce.
Legendary director David Fincher (FIGHT CLUB, GONE GIRL) called it a “classy take on a morbid classic”, adding “sure-footed, tidy work (writing and directing)”.
In 2016 it has played at FRIGHTFEST, FANTASIA FEST, the EAST END FILM FESTIVAL, CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, MILWAUKEE and the inaugural OXFORD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.
Here’s the trailer…
LOCK IN (2016), my second short, is a thriller starring Tim McInnerny (NOTTING HILL, BLACKADDER). It was funded by the BFI/Creative England’s prestigious iShorts scheme for “the best new UK filmmakers” and features an original score by David Julyan (MEMENTO, THE PRESTIGE, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS).
Its international premiere was at the VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL and its UK premiere is at AESTHETICA.
Have a look here…
My third short is GHOSTED (2016), a supernatural rom-com shot in b&w and starring Alice Lowe (SIGHTSEERS, PREVENGE), Christien Anholt (PREACHING TO THE PERVERTED), RICHARD GLOVER (A FIELD IN ENGLAND) and a host of other British talents.
Here’s a trailer…
All three shorts were directed by the talented Mr Neville Pierce.
Before I started making films, I was a Contributing Editor on Total Film magazine and wrote about films and videogames for The Sunday Times, the Guardian, Total Film, Wired, EDGE, Sight & Sound, the BBC and many other publications.
I also wrote several books including:
BOOK OF THE DEAD: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF ZOMBIE CINEMA (Titan Publishing, 2014; first edition FAB Press, 2005). “The definitive history of the living dead” – John Landis, director of AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON.
It was released with no publicity, got hardly any reviews and quickly became the best-selling book in FAB Press’s history. It’s currently in a new edition with Titan Books.
GENERATION XBOX: HOW VIDEOGAMES INVADED HOLLYWOOD (Yellow Ant, 2012). “Fascinatingly detailed and revealing” – the GUARDIAN.
It was released with loads of publicity – including an excerpt in WIRED magazine about the making of the aborted HALO movie that went viral – got some great reviews and sold really badly.
Publishing is a fickle business!
My first book was QUEER BURROUGHS (Palgrave Macmillan, 2001). “Informative and discriminating” – CHOICE; “A landmark study” – ELECTRONIC BOOK REVIEW.
It grew out of my Ph.D. thesis on cult novelist William S. Burroughs and queer theory. It contains lots of REALLY BIG WORDS words that I no longer understand and it’s now gathering dust on the shelves of university libraries around the world.
My agent is Andrew Mills at JAB Management.
If you’re really bored, you can find my IMDb page here.