I'm not sure what to call this genre of video, but basically it's about featuring real people usually in a studio setting. A lot of my work in this area has involved interviewing contributors about very sensitive topics - including mental health, HIV, sexual assault, gender identity, disability, facial disfigurement, autism, racism and self-harm. Here are some of the films I have been involved with.
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 was the series producer of from 2014-15. I produced, directed and edited the first 33 films. The film above - 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 engage people before getting hitting them with heavier stuff.
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.
A film I produced and directed for BBC Three about self-harm in 2018.