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I grew up on the Isle of Man before studying for my BA in English and Philosophy at the University of York.

After graduating I got accepted for the MA filmmaking course at the London Film School with a couple of shorts I’d made whilst at university.  Whilst at LFS I shot a number of shorts that gained official selections and prizes at various international festivals.  My entire film school training was using 16mm and 35mm film, so since graduating in 2010 I’ve expanded my digital expertise and experience with kit ranging from digital cinema cameras to broadcast cameras and DSLRs , although I definitely still have a soft spot for celluloid.

I work in both fiction and documentary.  I’m interested in making work that challenges its audience, comes at a story from an unusual angle and that asks to be told in a distinctive visual style, be it fiction or non-fiction.

Blackbird, my first feature film, was nominated for a Scottish BAFTA and the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013 where it was named “Best of the Fest”.   I shot my second feature, Wake Me Up, in Moscow at the start of 2015.

John Craine, Director of Photography

When The Song Dies

WINNER: Jury Prize for Best Documentary - Busan International Film Festival 2013

Official Selection:

Tribeca Film Festival 2013

Los Angeles Film Festival 2013

Traverse City Film Festival 2013

Raindance Film Festival 2012

AFI-Silverdocs Int. Documentary Film Festival 2013

British Shorts Film Festival, Berlin 2013

Camden International Film Festival 2013

Just The Way It Is

Official Selection:

Media Wave Film Festival 2014

Edindocs, 2013

Cinerail Film festival 2013

Russian Open Documentary Film Festival Artdocfest 2013


Official Selection:

Seattle International Film Festival 2014

Boston LGBT Film festival 2014

Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2015

Wandering Rocks

Official Selection:

Sindh International Film Festival 2014

Tampere International Film Festival 2014

Sheffield International DocFest 2014

Helsinki International Film Festival 2014

London Short Film Festival 2015

Eat My Shorts Stranger than Fiction Documentary Film Festival 2014

British Shorts in Berlin 2015

Sounds of the Soul

WINNER: Best Documentary - Eastern Breeze International Film Festival 2013

Official Selection:

Thessalonki International Documentary Festival 2013

Traces de Vies, Clermont Ferrand 2013


Official Selection:

New York United Film Festival 2010

My Father’s Trousers

Official Selection:

Galway Film Fleadth 2010

Isle of Man film Festival 2010

The Fall of The House of Lawrence

Official Selection:

Galway Film Fleadth 2010

BFI Dropshots 2010

Listening to the Silences

WINNER: Best Film – Reggio Film Festival 2009

WINNER: Best Documentary – Magma Int. Short Film Festival 2009

WINNER: Best Documentary – Faial Film Festival 2009

WINNER: Short Film Award – Faial Film Festival 2009

Official Selection:

AFI-Silverdocs Int. Documentary Film Festival 2010

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2009

Awards and Official Selections


WINNER:  Best Feature - Catskill Mountains Film Festival 2014

NOMINEE:  Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature - Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013

NOMINEE: Audience Award - Scottish BAFTA 2013

Official Selection:

Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival 2013

Cambridge Film Festival 2013

New Jersey International Film Festival 2014

Maine International Film Festival 2014

Kansas International Film Festival 2014

Dear Araucaria

WINNER: Audience Award for Best Short Documentary - Sheffield Docfest 2015

Official Selection:

Hotdocs 2015

Sheffield Docfest 2015

AFI Docs 2015

Him Upstairs

WINNER:  Best Narrative Short Liverpool Lift Off Film Festival 2015

Official Selection:

East End Film Festival 2015

Manchester International Film Festival 2015


Official Selection:

Fife Independent Film Expo 2015

Woods Hole Film Festival 2015