I have an art school background, and studied studio animation and film directing at the Victoria College of the Arts in Australia.
I came to the UK in 1996 to undertake a MA in screenwriting at Leeds Metropolitan University.
I'm a writer with experience as script editor and story editor, having worked on Coronation Street, Peak Practice and Children's Ward, before joining the Family Affairs writing team.
I've also written and directed short dramas and animations which have won prizes and been screened at numerous festivals around the world.
With my writing partner Julie Gearey, I've written three pilots for the BBC: Florence Nightingale Is Dead, The Money Shot and the web–based drama Screamers. Having also written the series pilot F***ing Southerners for World Productions/C4, we have recently created another contemporary drama series – Mr Confetti – for Ten Alps Drama/ITV. I am currently developing two more projects with Lime Pictures and Impossible Pictures.
I teach Critical Studies on the MA Screen course. Through a series of screenings and scene breakdowns students are encouraged to view cinema and television drama from the point of view of both critic and practitioner.
This critical stance is complemented by short filmed projects and small group work. By working through cycles of viewing, discussing and making students are given an opportunity to explore and understand the language of storytelling through the use of the moving image.
I also teach at Middlesex University overseeing and executive producing final year dramas.