Africa’s Great Civilizations, PBS - Producer/ Director EP1 and EP2 of this landmark 6 part history series. Hosted by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. this series is a journey through two hundred thousand years of history from the origins, on the African continent, of art, writing and civilisation itself, revealing how Africa shaped not only their own rich civilizations, but also those of the wider world. I led the Sudan and Ethiopia expeditions. Launched at the UN. Nutopia, 2015 – 2016. TX Feb 2017
Mankind: The Story of All of Us, History Channel, Docu Drama Director. Epic, adventure, action packed, big budget and ambitious series using high end docu drama, CGI and interviews to bring to life a journey through humankind’s history. I directed 4 of the 12 episodes, the 1600’s to the modern day, covering topics as diverse as the Salem Witch Trials, the rubber wars of the Congo, the Age of Enlightenment, the sinking of the Titanic, the American Civil War and the nitrogen farming revolution. I oversaw 2 of the episodes through the edit. Nutopia 2012
Jubilee Campaign, Kuwait Fund for Development – Director 6 x 30’ sec broadcast commercials, short films and photography campaign for international channels to celebrate the fund's 50th Anniversary. Topics covered include infrastructure, water access, micro finance and agriculture. Filmed around the world including Uzbekistan, The Gambia, Sudan, Vietnam and Egypt. McKinnon Films 2011
Stranger Than Fiction: Death in the Deep Freeze - FIVE/ National Geographic Producer/ Director. This HD science documentary uses observational and stylized techniques to explore the scientific feasibility of cryonic suspension and the ethical debate surrounding this controversial pursuit of life extension. The story is told from a unique perspective; we follow a terminally ill woman during her last few months alive before watching her body go through the procedure; the first time that cameras have been allowed to film the process. Zig Zag
Banged Up Abroad, Conned in Quito, 1 x 60 National Geographic/ FIVE Director – a woman is wrongly convicted of drug smuggling in Ecuador after being set up by a personal friend, shot on location in Ecuador, Ghana and London. Docu-drama. Director from preproduction and filming and across the edit. Raw Television 2009
True Stories: Amityville Horror and The Exorcist - FIVE/ Smithsonian Producer/ Director highly atmospheric HD documentaries exploring the real stories that inspired to the most infamous horror movies of all times. . Unique interviews, extracts from the original diaries kept by the priests and high end drama shot on prime lens with additional swing tilt use help bring to life both of these disturbing stories set in small town America. Modern neuroscience provides the alternative explanation for the seemingly inexplicable events. Blink Films 200
I Am Everyone - Director HD short film Orange Commercial Campaign telling the story of Mark Beaumont, who broke the Round the World cycling record. Multiplatform TX Poke London
Search for Sasquatch, History Channel/ Discovery Canada 1 x 90 Doc drama director. High end event documentary using drama, studio debate and obs doc to explore the idea that bigfoot could be a missing hominid or ape species, and if so how would it survive and evolve? Led by expert biologists, anthropologists and palaeontologists. I directed the drama elements on location in Canada with special effects and CGI. Dangerous Films 2010
The Teens’ Speech – Barnardo’s Advertising Campaign, Director. 2010 Webby Award Winner, Online Film. One Show Merit Winner 2010 - Interactive. Director HD film for multi platform project/ broadcast. Opinion led documentary for the ground breaking Teens' Speech project. Frank interviews challenging media stereotypes are interwoven with spoken word poetry. The short film launched on Christmas Day as an alternative to the Queen’s Speech. Poke
Back From The Dead - National Geographic/ Discovery, Canada. Producer/ Director. Atmospheric HD science documentary examining the shifting definitions of clinical death brought to life with 3 case studies. Dramatisation including extensive underwater scenes, CGI and medical sets. Wall to Wall.
Underworld: Las Vegas and Underworld: Philadelphia - National Geographic/ History Channel Canada. Producer/ Director 2 x HD. With rare first hand testimony from the mafia, mafia informers and FBI agents interwoven with drama re-enactment and archive, this is the inside story of the mafia underworld in Philadelphia and Las Vegas. Wall to Wall.
The Truth Behind the Moon Landings - FIVE/ National Geographic/ Discovery CA, BFI cinema release 2009 40th anniversary Apollo 11 landing. Producer/ Director, 1 x 50 minute science documentary debunks conspiracy theories surrounding the Apollo missions. Experiments with original NASA equipment and lunar samples are backed up with first hand testament, archive and experiments set against a lunar sound stage created in the Mojave Desert. Interviewees include Buzz Aldrin, Sir Patrick Moore and key NASA employees. Zig Zag/ Alliance Atlantis. 2003
Extraordinary People: The Girl Whose Muscles Turned to Bone , FIVE/ TLC Producer/ Director, This intimate observational documentary follows a bubbly young girl with a very rare genetic disease that slowly turns all muscle and connecting tissue to new bone, creating a second skeleton, as she faces the future with her mother. We also meet two other sufferers in advanced stages. I conceived and fully developed the film through to commission. Zig Zag.
The Day That James Dean Died - FIVE/ National Geographic, Discovery Canada 50th Anniversary HD Special. Producer/ Director, we reveal little known biographical details of James Dean the racing driver and the cars he loved. With the help of modern day crash analysis, we also examine discrepancies in the coroner’s inquest following his death. Both the accident and post crash carnage are re – created with full scale stunts and props. Zig Zag.
Extreme... FIVE Links Director/ Writer 6 x 50 minute presenter led series; Presenters include Richard Branson, Nigel Marvin, Simon Weston, Eddie Irvine and Ian Macaskill. Zig Zag
Outbreak; Bio – Terror - Discovery 1 x 50 minute Producer/ Director. An examination of diseases utilised in biological warfare and the likely consequences of an attack. The US Anthrax attacks, a futuristic scenario of a smallpox outbreak developed by a US terrorism expert and a natural outbreak of the plague in India illustrate the impact of fear in a population. CGI enhances the drama both inside and outside the body. Wall to Wall/ Alliance Atlantis.
DIY Surgery TLC & Channel 5. Producer/ Director 1 x documentary looking at stories of selfsurgery and improvised surgery in survival situations. D.I.Y. Births, Discovery Health. Series Producer/ Director 3 x 50 minute human interest series about women and unassisted birth. Filmed on location in Africa, Australia, Korea, Hawaii and North America. Zig Zag Productions/ Alliance Atlantis.