I live in South London in the UK – an area called Crystal Palace. I’m a professional writer and film director, amateur photographer and avid gadget-lover. I’ve filmed on every continent apart from South America. From that experience I learned a whole lot about fairly obvious things such as what all sorts of countries look and feel like, about many forms of travel from cruise ships to Zodiacs, from 747’s to two-seater helicopters; I discovered the reality of life in five-star hotels and tents in the desert, and what the insides of hundreds of airports look like. But perhaps more importantly, I learned a whole lot about less obvious things such as human nature in general and my own self in particular.
I gave up work in the film industry some years ago to concentrate on my writing. That takes up most of my days now. One of the results is a very recently published novel entitled “Albatross – the scent of honeysuckle”.
The photograph on the front cover was taken in the little park which I look out on from my kitchen window. The pushchair (‘stroller’ if you prefer) I bought on Ebay for a very modest sum. At present I’m working on another novel – “Your Show, Pete”. It’s set in the UK and Australia. It centres around a location in North Queensland that I filmed in many years ago. It tells of a man and a woman from the UK, in their early thirties who, while working together in difficult conditions in a remote area, try to gain psychological ascendancy each over the other. They end up creating a tragedy that echoes down their own lives and those of their close families.
I have four children – a girl and three boys – from two marriages. My partner today – and for the rest of the days – is a lovely lady (referred to as ‘W’ in my blog) with two grown-up boys of her own. I guess it’s a sign of the times that only two of our six children are at present living in the UK.
What leisure time I have is usually devoted to watching films, listening to music, going away in Ruby our camper van, and/or bird-watching. On on top of that, I have a great liking for Indian food, shared – fortunately – by W.
More years ago than I care to remember one of the Public Information Films I directed for UK television is still making waves on You Tube and various websites around the world. It’s commonly referred to as, ‘Dark and Lonely Water’. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sg6IVUvVsAs) And to answer a question I’ve often been asked – yes, the voice is that of Donald Pleasance.
The following is the link to ‘Albatross’ on Amazon –