biography

 

Biography

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Having graduated in film & television from the London College of Printing I started working for BBC Television as a researcher and then quite quickly moved on to being a director. I directed various short comedy dramas including “Fireworks” (starring Dave Schneider), “Consumer Advice” (for BAFTA award-winning series “Short Change”) and “Parklife” (for RTS award-winning series Scene). At the same time I directed several series including the acclaimed youth music show “Mad About Music” for BBC Schools TV. new c2c

 

I then went on to direct a number of highly distinctive, critically acclaimed documentaries. These include: “Just Enough Distance” (“an extraordinary film - desperately moving”- The Daily Mail), “Trouble At The House” (the follow-up to the BAFTA-winning series “The House” about the Royal Opera House), “Puccini Cappuccini”, “The Real Alan Clark" and “The Lost Supper”.

 

I then got signed to Ridley Scott Associates as a commercials director and directed ads for Mars, AOL, Lea & Perrins and Snickers http://www.beam.tv/beamreel/mZfnCszqGv/file/XmjpCgtgZJ/page/1

 

In 2002 I wrote and directed the comedy short “New Year’s Eve” (starring Stephen Mangan & Keira Knightley) which won several prizes including Best British Short at the UK’s largest short film festival Kinofilm 2003. It was then included in the feature compilation “Stories of Lost Souls” that premiered in Cannes in 2005 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hud_mCaNaQY

 

My first feature as writer/director “Someone Else” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0773309/ was released in the UK in 2007 by Soda Pictures. It has been shown at many celebrated film festivals including Edinburgh and Palm Springs. It won the prize for “Best European Film of the European Section” at the 20th Panorama of European Cinema in Athens, and was “Variety Critics’ Choice” at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. It’s been shown on BBC2 and is currently being distributed by the IFC and Sundance Channel in the States. Here's the trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi3895984665/ 

Allan Hunter in Scotland On Sunday said: “A film that comes from nowhere to capture your heart, a performance that changes your perception of an actor, a production that opens a window to a new world of cinema.” 

 

My latest feature as writer/director, is the relationship comedy “Honeymooner” (starring Gerard Kearns and Daisy Haggard) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1552184/. It premiered at the 64th Edinburgh Film Festival in June 2010 and has subsequently been shown at various international film festivals including the Chicago International Film Festival. In January 2011 it was released in the UK by Soda Pictures and was recently broadcast on BBC 1. Here's the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Vb8aA3ADQI

Mike Goodridge in Screen International wrote: “Spector is carving a niche for himself with his particular understanding of young English men, their reserve, awkwardness and vernacular.”

 

I'm currently developing a number of feature film projects including the comedy dramas "Marriage Material" & “Real Live Gangster”


I have taught at most London film schools and many drama schools including: National Film & Television School, London Film Academy, Central Film School, Raindance, Central St Martins, Central School of Speech & Drama, London Academy of Media, Film & TV, London Film Academy. I've also taught filmmaking to 10 year-olds, Cambridge University English graduates and to practicing filmmakers in Liverpool and Cumbria.

 

When I'm not writing, directing and teaching I love watching movies, going to classical concerts and generally enjoying London life. Call today or please contact us via our contact page

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