Thanks for popping by, I’m Ben. I currently live in my hometown, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
I’m guessing you’re here as you’re interested in the films… I’ve been lucky enough to make some short films one of my personal faves is Step Right Up it played at over 35 film festivals, won 3 awards, nominated for a further 20 and we were long-listed for the BAFTA Best Short Film Award… not bad considering it was a film school exercise and only had 32mins of film stock.
The first film I wrote and directed, A Plastic Toy Dinosaur, was made while at university with a bunch of lovely and talented people including producer Rob Watson. The film played at over 20 film festivals, we won numerous awards and was screened on the BBC. This led us to be nominated for the BBC New Filmmaker of the Year Award.
In 2016 I started collaborating with the incredibly talented Producer Maria Caruana Galizia (Candle and Bell), our first project together Mordechai, funded by The Pears Short Film Fund and UK Jewish Film premiered in 2017 and has since screened at huge festivals all over the world… including London BFI Film Festival 2017, Palm Springs Shortsfest 2017, Denver Film Festival 2017, and lots more Bafta and Oscar qualifying film festivals. The film was also Long-listed for the BAFTA in 2018... We are currently developing the short in to a feature with our friend and collaborator Dan Mersh on-board to co-write
Oh, and we’re just completed Metroland, a short funded by Creative England and the BFI, the project was supported by Mike Leigh when we were raising extra funds via crowdfunding. It's about to have it's world premiere at the Bafta and Oscar recognised Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival.
I was lucky enough to graduate from The London Film School, where my studies were funded by a full Creative Skillset bursary. I also won the NISI MASA European Short Pitch the same year with my short project, Wheels, a comedy about family, love and dogging… .
I also directed a taster/pilot project written by Dan Mersh for Baby Cow/C4.
Also... when everyone else is busy… I make no-budget, super- short comedy films. One of which, Frank, a heart-wrenching story of a man who is betrayed by his animated friend, scored us a night out at the BAFTAs… As we didn’t win I got drunk and stole the place mats... Sorry Bafta... but the booze was free... So kind of your own fault.
At the moment, I'm developing my first feature 'Marwell', a touching comedy/sci-fi. It's a linear time travel story about a young mans journey to come to terms with the abuse he suffered as a child and prove that if you don't have any positive role models, you have to become your own... 'Marwell' was one of 12 selected for The Biennale College – Cinema 2018/19, three projects will be produced and premiere at Venice Film Festival 2019.
I was selected for EIFF talent lab with my feature project Small Water and am a BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew Member.
Anyway, enough about me, how are you?