I have a lot of experience of developing video formats for social platforms like Facebook and YouTube. Often these formats have featured contributors from a range of backgrounds talking frankly about their experiences.
The films here also demonstrate my experience interviewing contributors about sensitive topics like mental health, HIV, sexual assault, gender identity, disability, facial disfigurement, autism, racism and self-harm.
Things Not To Say - BBC Three
Things Not To Say is an award-winning series of films that uses humour to overcome stereotypes and prejudice. The series is very popular and has been viewed tens of millions of times on YouTube and Facebook. The series is still running (as of 2019) and won a Mind Media Award in 2017, and a Broadcast Digital Award in 2019. (View the full playlist here) The series was co-created in 2015 by the team on Free Speech (Lee Dalloway, Adam Smith and Anthony Le) which was a debate show I ran from 2014-15. I also produced, directed and edited the first 33 films. The film above about sexual assault - made with Lucy Allan - is probably the episode I'm most proud of.
What do Europeans think about American life? - New York Times
This is a short film I made for the New York Times with fellow filmmaker Rubina Pabani. The aim was to make something funny that would get the audience laughing, before engaging them on the more serious aspects of life in America.
SISTER - BBC Three
In 2017 I exec-ed a series for BBC Three called SISTER. The series aimed to explore modern life from female perspectives, especially those from under-represented groups. The film above featured conversations between women and their granddaughters about their first times. It's funny and heartwarming, and all credit to the producers Sophie Duker, Maleena Pone, Liv Little and Dre Spisto.
5 Myths - BBC Three
A film I produced and directed for BBC Three about self-harm in 2018.
Face to Face - BBC Ideas
The idea of this debate format is to take acrimonious debates happening online and recreate them in a more constructive manner. The way it works is that the two contributors debate an issue they disagree on, but then at the end each person is challenged to sum up their opponent's point of view in a way that their opponent finds satisfactory.