A Classics Scholar at Balliol College, where he founded the Oxford Film Festival (the first competitive event for features in Great Britain, recognized by the F.I.A.P.F.), on graduating he was selected by The Sunday Times as a “New Critic” and began also broadcasting on BBC Radio, where he has scripted and presented many programmes on cinema as well as regularly interviewing film-makers on the BBC World, UK, and Polish Services, and contributing reportage on festivals to RTBF(in Belgium), France Culture, and Czech Radio.
He assessed screenplays in several languages for the European Script Fund and the Arts Council of England’s Lottery Fund, and also wrote a film version of “Carmen” that was shot in Andalucia.
He has programmed or assisted many international festivals – IMAGFIC in Madrid, Valencia Cine Jove, Las Palmas, Ashdod, Festroia, Islantilla- in differing capacities- and was International Consultant from 2001-2005 at the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in his native Yorkshire, where he created the “Eurovisions” project, to promote new and classic films from Europe, and helped launch the Magyar Magic Year of Culture in Great Britain.
He is a Visiting Lecturer at the Prague Film School and FON University, Skpje, and has served on FIPRESCI and other juries at Cannes, Berlin, Haifa, Leipzig, Lecce, Thessaloniki, Karlovy Vary, Bratislava, Cottbus, Pula, Durres, and at the Festivals of European Smiles in Mlada Boleslav in Bohemia and of Wines and Media in Znojmo in Moravia, and at the Golden Carpathian Festival and Fair in Romania, the Grossmann Festival of Wines and Film in Slovenia, and the FestFilmKosova.
He has written for publications as varied as, The Times Literary and Educational Supplements, Variety, Screen International, Downtown, What’s On in London, Euro-Movies International, KINO, and
Film a Doba, and has worked on feature films by Peter Patzak, WiktorGrodecki, andco- organised premieres and events for Jerzy Hoffman, Tony Palmer, and productions Czech Republic, Croatia, Poland.
He has participated in workshops in Mannheim-Heidelberg, Berlinale, Tashkent and Prishtina, was Moderator of the Hyatt Talk Shows at FilmFestHamburg and most recently Casting Consultant on the award-winning feature films May I Kill You? and The Piano Room. He does not smoke, but has also appeared in TV series with Jeremy Irons, and in small roles in features.