My approach to filmmaking...
Working freelance allows me the TIME to really get to understand the client and subject. And this usually results in a more personal, intimate and powerful film.
As a lawyer for over 20 years I worked in both civil and criminal justice. I am perhaps most proud of my environmental work, done at a time when there were few genuine activist environmental lawyers around in the UK. As one of the first tranche of lawyers to be awarded a Masters in Environmental Law in the early 1990's I became a referral advisor for the Environmental Law Foundation and advised a range of environmental groups including Friends of the Earth and Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) as well as individuals affected by environmental pollution and unsustainable development. As a criminal lawyer I became increasingly interested in Legal Aid and Access to Justice - or the lack of it. My films and photography are informed by these issues.
Retraining as a filmmaker...
I am fascinated by the power of visual storytelling for social impact and in 2017 made the decision to retrain into videography and photography. My work ranges from reportage and video journalism to documentary film and covers local, regional, national and international stories ranging from wildlife & conservation to access to justice & legal empowerment.
With my three boys having 'flown the nest' I currently live in North Devon in the South West of England with my wife and our dog and split my time between Devon, Bristol and overseas work. I have been lucky enough to travel and scuba dive extensively and I run hartlandmarinelife.org, an online marine conservation community resource. In my spare time I may be spotted walking the dramatic South West Coast Path, sea kayaking or strumming my acoustic guitar.
Volunteer work over the years includes working with Youth Justice Offender Panel, homeless charities Julian House and St Martin in the Fields, environmental charities Friends of the Earth and CPRE and currently as shore crew for my local lifeboat station at Clovelly.