Forgotten Bird of Paradise
(27 mins. 2009)
Produced and directed this award-winning undercover documentary, providing a rare insight into the independence struggle that has gripped West Papua for nearly 50 years.
The documentary includes never before seen footage of Papuan rebel fighters at their jungle stronghold, as well as interviews with human rights victims and a secret interview with Papuan political prisoner Yusak Pakage.
It was awarded ‘Best Documentary’ at the 2011 Dam International Short Film Festival in the USA, and has also screened at festivals including Raindance, Green Man, Port Eliot and Montreal First Peoples Festival.
The film was featured on the ‘Best of 17th Raindance Film Festival Shorts‘ DVD, a collection of shorts from the 2009 festival including award winners and nominees.
(15 mins. 2012)
La Badil (No Other Choice), was filmed undercover in the Moroccan occupied territories of Western Sahara on the eve of the second anniversary of the 2010 uprisings there that marked the start of the Arab Spring.
Over 15,000 indigenous Sahrawis had formed a peaceful protest camp in the desert resisting Moroccan rule, but it failed to draw the international media’s attention. When the camp was eventually broken up by Moroccan security forces, four civilians and eleven police officers were killed. Since then, Moroccan authorities have undertaken an intense campaign to quell rising independence sentiment and silence those that dare to speak out.
La Badil explores the issues behind Morocco’s ongoing occupation and the situation on the ground for the Sahrawi living under their rule.
Being King Arthur
(release date tbc)
In 1986, Johnny Rothwell, a former British soldier turned biker had a realisation. The daydream world he would often drift into when he was a child was in fact dark-age Britain. He was the reincarnation of the mythical King Arthur.
Since then, equipped in full battle robes and crown, carrying his four and a half foot Celtic broad sword Excalibur (made for the 1981 movie) and riding his trusty steed – a Triumph motorcycle – he has taken up his quest: to fight for truth, honour and justice.
Being King Arthur tells the story of a very modern day druid King and his Knights of the Round Table at their castle Camelot – Stonehenge.
Co-produced with Matt Conil.