Hostile, October 2021
A feature-length documentary about the UK’s complicated relationship with its migrant communities. The film focuses on the impact of the evolving ‘hostile environment’ policies, which are designed to make living conditions so difficult for migrants that they voluntarily leave the country. What does it feel like to be told you don’t belong? This film seeks to hear these voices and inspire viewers to take action to create long-term change.
Longlisted for 3 BIFA Awards – Best Debut Director
Best Documentary and Raindance Discovery Award
Finalist – South London Film Festival Feature Doc
Official Selection – Cambridge Film Festival 2021
Official Selection – Raindance Film Festival 2021
Farage: The Man Who Made Brexit, Channel 4, January 31st 2020
This feature length documentary captures the inside story of Farage’s doomed attempt to persuade Johnson to join a Leavers’ Alliance with him, a flirtation that quickly turns sour. There are threats and claims of bribery and bullying as “The Establishment” slams the door in his face with only his friend Donald Trump dramatically dialling in to fight his corner. This close-up portrait of the UK’s leading populist charts his influence in changing our politics, many would say for the worse, and is with him as the wheels come off his campaign in spectacular fashion. Dir Christian Trumble, Rogan Productions.
War Requiem: Staging A Masterpiece BBC 4, Sun 10 Feb 2019
Filmed over 12 months, with unprecedented access, this landmark film follows the English National Opera as they pursue the challenge of staging Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. One of the greatest British choral works of the 20th Century, War Requiem is seen by many as a true masterpiece. Dir Tanya Stephan. Speakit Films.
Love & Hate Crime - 5 episodes, BBC 3, January 2018 - April 2019
A young man is led into a Mississippi court and sentenced to life for the savage murder of the woman he loved. In prison, his story slowly unravels as his own past is unmasked. This is the story of a crime of passion and prejudice told by a man tortured by his own actions. A morality tale of modern America.
The first episode in an ambitious, cinematic series of three, single documentaries, each one examining a high profile Hate Crime case in America. The first film, 'Double Lives', premiered at Sheffield Doc Fest. Dir Ben Steele
NOMINATED FOR A GRIERSON AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY SERIES
WINNER - BEST DOCUMENTARY SERIES, BROADCAST DIGITAL AWARDS 2018
Life and Death the Pentecostal Way - BBC 2 9pm, Sunday 20th Nov 2016
With unprecedented access to the workings of a Pentecostal church in London, this one-off documentary in the Black & British season lifts the lid on a faith that is growing fast.
Featuring charismatic sermons, passionate worshipping, the full-immersion baptism of teenagers and the fabulous hats and attire of the congregation, this documentary follows the powerful personal stories of members of the congregation at defining moments in their lives. While traditional Christianity is seeing its numbers fall, how has this faith become so successful?
NYPD: Biggest Gang in New York? - BBC iPlayer, August 2016
Shot on the streets of New York, Ben Steele's searing film follows a group of ‘Cop Watchers', ordinary men and women who track the NYPD in a cat-and-mouse game to try and film arrests and possible cases of brutality.
NYPD officers also speak out, alleging systemic racism and a policy of targeting ethnic minority communities in order hit their arrest quotas.
Swim The Channel - BBC4 9pm, Monday 18th July 2016
More people have climbed Everest than swum the Channel between England and France - twenty one miles of perilous sea.
With a moving musical score from Damon Albarn and the Electric Wave Bureau, this heartwarming documentary profiles the modern day endurance swimming community and the unlikeliest of athletes who risk it all. A story of those who seek to push their limits…
NOMINATED FOR A BROADCAST BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD
Out Of The Rubble - Film4 11.15pm, Monday 8th February 2016
Penny Woolcock shows how planners grappled with the grimmest poverty imaginable in the post-war era, from Brixton to Glasgow, Islington to Birmingham, believing that tower blocks would transform the lives of those living in decaying slums. She follows the cycle of optimism, building and eventual decline.
This film was commissioned by BFI as part of their launch of Britain on Film. We had access to 1000's of films, and from them weaved together this formally inventive hybrid documentary.