Author and Director
For the last twenty years I have worked mainly in television, principally for the BBC and most of the major British broadcasters and US channels, including Discovery and the History Channel. I’ve made a variety of films, ranging from experimental documentaries such as Small Objects of Desire to the landmark series Icemen and Mountain Men. More recently I've worked with the Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel on Justice and have just made a biography of Lionel Bart.
I’ve been lucky to have been able to film all over over the world from Cambodia to K2, from Puerto Rico to Spitsbergen. I’m particularly interested in films about exploration and mountaineering, and have filmed in the Alps, the Himalayas and Alaska. Several of my films have won international and British awards, at festivals such as Trento, Telluride, Banff and Kendal.
I’m currently working on History Connections, a new series for Discovery. As a writer, I co-authored the BBC books Icemen and Mountain Men and have written three further books: The Adventurer's Handbook, How to Climb Mont Blanc in a Skirt and Everest 1953, The Epic Story of the First Ascent.
As both a film maker and a writer, I’m fascinated by the art of narrative. I love to find good stories with complex characters dealing with even more complex situations. My definition of good drama is what happens when people are put under pressure, and exploration and mountaineering provide plenty examples of this.
My heroes: John Hunt, Graham Greene, Alexandra David Neel, Tom Wolfe, Orson Welles, Ella Maillart, Sir Richard Burton, John Banville, Don Cherry, Lucinda Williams. My current squeezes: Jeanette Winterson, Bobby Womack, Jo Nesbo, Jenny Saville.
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