The Qilin

 

An animated documentary about the precarious lives of African immigrants in China - seeking their fortunes in the booming global market for counterfeit goods.

 

 

 

Official Selection: DOK Leipzig, International Shorts Competition

White Lobster

 

On the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua, everybody's out on the beach searching for it. But is the 'White Lobster' a gift from God, or the work of the Devil?

 

A documentary about a town that fell under the spell of windfall cocaine - a strange unintended consequence of the US War on Drugs.

 

 

 

Berlin International Film Festival, Special Mention in Competition

Berlin Today Award.

Official selection: Edinburgh, Visions du Reel, Camerimage...

Nominated Best Short: Dinard, Britdoc

"outstanding" Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"worthy of Jacques Tati" Greencine

The End for Beginners

 

In a retirement home in Paris the elderly residents wait out their last days. Nothing much happens other than Muzak and trouble with the lifts.

 

But unusual visitors are about to disturb the peace - and set the scene for a strange confrontation between those at the beginning of life, and those at their very end.

 

Winner: International Press Prize, Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival. 

Winner: Main Prize, Paris Signes de Nuit Film Festival

Official selection: Telluride, Sheffield, London, Aspen, AFI Docs, Cinepossible.

Broadcast on Al Jazeera International's 'Witness' documentary strand.

"I really dig your movie" - Godfrey Reggio

[co-directed with James Newton]

On the Run with Abdul

 

Abdul is a 16-year old Afghan boy living in the notorious Calais 'jungle'. He spends his days dreaming of a new life in the UK, and his nights trying to jump the ferry to Dover.

 

But when we fall foul of the town's people-trafficking mafia, Abdul is forced to flee - and we set off with him on a tragi-comic journey with no destination.

 

 

 

 

Alfred's Free Press

 

After years of civil war, many people in Monrovia, Liberia can't afford the price of a newspaper. They rely on The Daily Talk - a chalkboard news bulletin - to keep them informed. 

 

This film tells the stories of ex-child soldier, Michael; Nathan, a trainee preacher; shoe-maker Larry; and Kormassa, a single mother - all of whom depend on one-man news agency Alfred J Sirleaf - Proprietor, Managing Director, Editor and Chief Correspondent of Africa's premier hand-written news daily.

 

Winner: Sheffield DocFest WorldView prize

Broadcast on Al Jazeera International's 'Witness' documentary strand

Vote for Me, I'm Loony.

 

In the absurdist fringes of the General Election, three ordinary-ish men uphold a Great British tradition:

 

Alan 'Howling Laud' Hope took over as leader of the Monster Raving Loony Party when his best friend 'Screaming Lord' Sutch killed himself. 

 

Reformed Marxist-Leninist John Cartwright has never quite fitted in. His autism expresses itself in an obsessive interest in elections.

 

Shy handyman Pete Berry felt he was a bit of a nobody. But as alter-ego Baron von Thunderclap he's found a new lease of life in politics.

 

 

 

GZ Calling

 

Every year hundreds of billions of dollars of cheap Chinese-made goods ship out of Guangzhou bound for markets across Africa.

 

Travelling in the opposite direction, thousands of young Africans flock to China with dreams of making their fortunes in the export business. 

And going undercover among them, a private detective tracks counterfeit goods through the city's vast wholesale malls for his American corporate employer.

 

"GZ Calling" is a 3-channel gallery installation mixing documentary and fiction.

Chinafrika, GfZK Leipzig 

McaM Shanghai

Lagos Biennial

[co-directed with Sam Hopkins]

[co-directed with Ana de Sousa]

Angola: Birth of a Movement

 

Inspired by the Arab Spring, a group of friends in Luanda plot to bring down a dictator.

 

Under the 32-year rule of President dos Santos, Angola has become one of the most unequal societies in the world - the capital's skyscrapers and yacht-clubs are the playground of a super-rich elite, while millions live in slums without power or water. 

 

Over the course of a turbulent election season, rap star Luaty (a.k.a. Ikonoklasta) and fellow activists Carbono and Mbanza struggle to lead a popular protest - despite beatings, death-threats and intimidation by the secret police. 

 

 

 

 

Broadcast on Al Jazeera's 'Activate' international documentary strand

Official selection: Film Africa

WorldView New Genres Broadcast Fund

British Council

Shakespeare in South Sudan

 

Declaring independence after years of conflict, a group of amateur dramatists are trying to build a national theatre company. But in the sweltering dustbowl of Juba - a new capital in the midst of economic crisis - nothing goes smoothly. 

 

For their first production, the group is staging a Shakespeare play - amid the city's water shortages, oil blockades and tribal tensions. And soon the threat of a new civil war looms over rehearsals...