Sam is an award-winning director who has built a reputation for making films with sensitivity, integrity and visual flair. His films often challenge our idea of the traditional documentary form, incorporating elements such as visual FX, animation, music and comedy to create cinematic and distinctive work.
He has shot in over twenty countries across six continents, including warzones, mountains, deserts, jungle and innercity slums. In all of his films he seeks to find new and arresting ways to bring audiences to the stories that matter.
After studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University, he began his career in development dreaming up ideas. At Atlantic Productions, he became Head of Development, securing commissions such as "Hannibal: Enemy of Rome" and the award-winning theatrical release, "Everest: Wildest Dream".
Sam's first first feature documentary, "Coach Zoran and his African Tigers" (BBC Storyville, Official Selection IDFA). was described as "brilliant, sad, moving and hilarious" by Sam Woollaston in the Guardian. The film tells a darkly comic tale of the attempt to launch a national football team in South Sudan.
In 2015, Sam co-directed "Mumbai High" / "City of Dreams" with three times BAFTA-winner Brian Hill of Century Films. The film is the first ever Bollywood-style documentary musical and was nominated for a One World Media award for Best Documentary, following its premiere at Sheffield's Docfest.
Sam has recently finished a blue-chip project for Netflix and is beginning work on a new feature project in Uganda.
Sam is an experienced camera operator confident at lighting and shooting with digital cinema cameras from the Panasonic Varicam to the Sony FS7 and Canon C300.
He has a wide array of different lenses, from vintage 30-year-old glass to L-series primes. He also owns and operates Kessler motion control systems, which allow for motorised camera moves. And he's always looking for creative ways of using all this shiny equipment to give films a distinctive look.
TRAVEL / HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT EXPERIENCE
Sam is three times Hostile Environment trained on both BBC and HM Foreign Office courses.
He speaks fluent Juba Arabic (which is found nowhere else in the world other than South Sudan), mediocre French, terrible Fijian and even worse Hindi.
Sam has negotiated filming relationships with the CIA, the UN, the British Army, police forces in Fiji and the US, the Royal College of Surgeons, Kew Gardens and the House of Commons, to name just a few.