How did you get into filmmaking?
I was born In Newcastle and grew up in Brighton. I started skating when I was eleven after getting a setup from one of my brother’s mates for my birthday – it was a Julien Stranger AntiHero board, with a giant squid grabbing a woman. I got into filmmaking after school. I don’t know, I think through skating you are always around cameras. It obviously lends itself to being creative and I just became interested in cameras more
and more as I got older.
What were the early films that inspired you?
I got given a load of VHS tapes as well as that setup from a mate of my older brother’s, – Scouse Macca! I used to watch Transworld’s Greatest Hits all the time, the one with the kid that breaks into a guy’s house and finds a jukebox with skate sections instead of records! So sick. The NYC section was banging. The Cardona brothers and all that New York lot were the shit! I don’t really watch many films to be honest; I don’t have the
patience to sit through a film most of the time! I can’t sit still LOL. I appreciate good filmmaking though. I love Werner Herzog’s take on life and his films are so good and make you think about stuff differently.
Who are your favourite directors making work now and why?
I try not to watch too much new stuff. There is so much utter shite that gets put out these days! But Daniel Wolfe is a director I really respect. Go and watch his film Catch Me Daddy.
You’ve got a distinct aesthetic that is quite collage-y (using lots of different types of footage) – why are you drawn to that approach?
I’d say my style and approach differs from project to project. The multi-format approach comes from a necessity to have enough content to make a film work on the often small budgets we get given. I would always prefer to shoot everything on 16mm film, but usually end up shooting on digital as well so that I can get enough material. I like introducing iPhone clips and social media footage because it’s relevant to the world we live in. I think the Internet and social media is a big influence on my subject matter. That’s why some of my films look like a collage of multi-formats.
What do you think is the thread that runs through all your work? I think the voice that runs through my films basically boils down to being interested in people. The subject matter is almost secondary. I try to find humour in the everyday, or in lesser-seen subcultures. The UK is full of amazing cultures. I keep hearing people say that
Free Skateboard Magazine issue 14, Sept/Oct 2017.