About

I’m an ADG award winning director, writer and creative of film, television and commercials/content, specialising in comedy.

In the advertising space I have delivered work for brands such as Domain, SEEK, O’Brien, Brickworks, NRL, Telstra, Commbank, Mountain Dew, Canon, Herman Miller and CarsGuide, and a TVC for “The Pitch” on ABC1’s Gruen. I work with a variety of production companies, agencies and brands, sometimes solely as a director or creative, at other times as a hybrid creative/director, and depending on the gig I can facilitate production and/or post production via my outfit Duo Films. For five years I was the Lead Creative and Director at Sydney based Engine Room Productions, which saw three Mumbrella Awards nominations for Production Company of the Year

In the film and television space my short film, Lowering Awareness, won the 2017 Australian Directors’ Guild Award for Best Direction of an Online Comedy Project, was selected to be on the front page of Funny or Die and screened at the LA Comedy Festival. Previously I made TV pilot Town Centre, short films Finding Oprah Winfrey and Aussie Idol and comedy reality series MTV Style Me, nominated for two ASTRA awards. I also directed Splendour in the Grass music documentary The Other Stage. My first shorts The Gardener and Someone to Love were multi-award winning. I have several projects in development, including a comedy web series, Reunion, co-created with writer Wendy Hanna, and a scripted television series (dramedy) set in 1980s Sydney, Talent Quest.

I’m also a budding academic with an interest in nostalgia, and recently completed a Master of Arts (Media & Communications) at the University of New England. My dissertation: Taking the Temperature of Now: Recent Fictional Nostalgic Television Series of the United States: This is Us, Stranger Things and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Things I’m interested in: nostalgia, memory, fantasy/reality, satire, popular culture, family systems, politics, education, history, psychology, the media.

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