graduated in English Literature from Durham University, and worked his way up as a researcher and Assistant Producer of documentaries before making his first film for Channel 4 in the UK in 1999.
His first film, “Four Weeks to Find a Girlfriend”, was a candid and funny account of his own search for love as a London 20-something, and was nominated for a Grierson Awards for Best Newcomer, as well as a BAFTA for Best New Director. Since then, he has filmed, produced and directed over 25 documentaries for broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky1, specialising in intimate films about ordinary people caught in extraordinary situations, often in areas of conflict. His films include “The Tea Boy of Gaza” (BBC), a moving portrayal of a young boy who dodges bullets to support his family among the patients and staff at the biggest hospital in the Gaza strip; “Battle Hospital” (C4), for which he was embedded at a British military field hospital during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and "My Child The Rioter" (BBC), a critically acclaimed perspective on the 2011 riots, which was nominated for the Grierson Award for Best Documentary on a Contemporary Issue.
He has won a number of international awards, including the Foreign Press Association award of “Journalist of the Year”.