I am a highly experienced self-shooting director/producer specialising in making films for NGOs in the developing world. I shoot on high definition, broadcast quality video and edit on Adobe Premier Pro.
I spent ten years living and working in Ethiopia where I trained ex-street kids to become film-makers at Gem TV, a community film school. This also involved making films for many of the international NGOs working in Ethiopia. They included USAID, Unicef, UNDP, Oxfam, Water Aid, DKT, CRS and Womankind. The films addressed HIV/AIDS, health and sanitation, womens’ rights, girls’ education, economic empowerment, FGM and other harmful traditional practices.
The types of films included advocacy, fundraising, documentary, educate and training, behaviour change drama and TV commercials. I also worked as a Communications Consultant for NGOs advising on communications strategy and content.
Previously, I made films in Uganda and India and half-hour Inside Britain documentaries for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Before working in Ethiopia I spent many years working in the UK advertising industry and completed the Single Drama Directing Course at the National Film and Television School.
In 2012, Gem TV were awarded the Special Award at the One World Media Awards, sponsored by the Guardian and Channel 4 which recognises…”an outstanding project working on the ground in the developing world where media activity has made a real impact on people’s lives.”
I also work as a journalist having written for The Guardian, The Times, The daily Telegraph and The Observer, and I am the author of Lights, Camera, Jemuru – Adventures Of A Film-maker In Ethiopia.
I understand how NGOs work, have a working knowledge of developing world issues and have experience of working in remote regions and in extreme conditions.