What is the best thing that I love about my work? I love the fact that being involved in film making allows me to be creative and to be surrounded by people who ooze creativity from every pour.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? Family, health, a good film and maybe a slice of cake.
What is my greatest fear? Oh that’s a good one. At the risk of being morbid – My biggest fear is being dead… because – like before I was born I remember nothing of that time, I fear when I die that state will return and I will remembering nothing of my life and my family.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I wish I wasn’t so stubborn.
Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? Tom Cruise, I know he’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but for the the sheer passion and commitment he brings to everything he does – you have to take your hat off to him. Anyone in showbiz that can be that passionate yet make fun of themselves (his twitter account description is “Running in films since…”) is good with me.
What is my greatest extravagance? I once had a tailor make a suit for me. I’m hoping for a world premier to wear it!
On what occasion would I lie? I generally think telling the truth is best, always. However when no good whatsoever could come from the truth being known, then a lie might be better.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I dislike immensely those who feel the need to belittle and be patronizing to those starting off in their filmmaking career. I know the movie business is cut throat but I just don’t understand why some feel the need to be so nasty to aspiring film makers/writers/directors.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? It may sound odd, but I am at my happiest, when directing, when I feel able to step away from a scene and just watching people getting on with doing what they do best without my input. That makes me happy every time. That ‘I am not really needed’ feeling.
If I could, what would I change about myself? I wish I had a little bit more patience with myself. I trained as a primary school teacher and went on to be a training consultant. I have oodles of patience for others, but not myself.
What is my greatest achievement in work? I wrote a play called “Letting Go” that landed me an Agent and the interest of an international theatre designer. The play has yet to be produced, but I am proud of the fact complete strangers seem to like my writing enough to want to be involved with it.
What do the words ‘The Financial Freedom to Create’ mean to me? Having the time and space to create what you want, without financial worry or control of work by others.
Where would I most like to live? I was born in Fiji, so I would love to live there – but it’s too far away from family really. I think probably in the highlands of Scotland, in a small castle on a loch.
What is my most treasured possession? A watch my mum gave me shortly before she passed away four years ago.
What is my most marked characteristic? Probably that I like to get on with doing things rather than just talking about doing them.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I love the view of Tower Bridge from London Bridge in the morning – particularly sunrise in winter. See attached.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? My favourite meal is breakfast and a cup of earl grey tea.. My favourite place to eat it is at a little café called De Vine just behind the Tower of London on America Square Crescent. (Picture attached)
What books influenced my life and how? The Enid Blyton “Adventure Series” got me into reading. “Anna Karenina” By Tolstoy got me into writing and “Adventures in the Screen Trade” by William Goldman got me into script writing and then directing.
Who are my favorite writers? Of books – Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Colin Bateman and Lee Child.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? I’d probably listen to The Beatles.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Hero would be Jack Reacher of the Lee Child Books – he’s just a no nonsense kind a guy
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My dad is my hero. He spent years serving his country in intelligence without any real recognition and lost his wife 4 years ago after 43 years. He struggles daily with that loss but worries about being a burden on my brother and I. My heroin is my mum, because she was always there for us… and always put us above herself…even when ill.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Irreversible – it’s gritty and almost too real. The violence is truly shocking. It’s also played out in reverse which just shows what you can do when your imagination runs wild.
What role plays art in my life and work? To me Art is about the perceivers’ reaction and that is something I aim at when writing and directing. The Arts played a huge role in my life – My dad is a painter, as was my mum. My grandad who flew in the Battle of Britain was a passionate photographer. My brother is an actor and theatre director.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My wife is. She lets me do my thing and supports me without any negative thought. I’m extraordinary lucky to have her in my corner.
Whom would I like to work with in 2017? Anyone who’s passionate about what they do….
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2017? Simon West – some of his films are on my all-time favorite list. Christopher Nolan. I’d love to just be around his creativity!
What project, in 2017, am I looking forward to work on? PhatNav is a romcom film script I’ve been working on for a while. It’s now in preproduction. We have a talented director on board Ian Hylands who’s re-writes have made my script shine more than I thought possible. I am really looking forward to getting that to camera.
Where can you see me or my work in 2017? I wrote and had published a children’s picture book this year for my daughter. It’s on Amazon. I’m hoping from some exciting news re a female lead action adventure I’ve written in 2018, that I can’t talk about in any more detail right now!
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? Passion is unrelated to age.
Which creative heroes should Peter invite to tell their story? Ian Hylands, James Highet and Akasha Garnier
How can you contact me?
I’m on twitter as @SendCakeFilms. Please@sendcake.net will also find me.
An 8 minute drama about that fickle mistress luck, two brothers and a game of cricket.
This is the first film I wrote and directed. The dialogue is improvised and the wonderful music is by Andrew Stamp who also did The Question music for me. I loved making this film – I learnt so much.
A short 3 minute film about a troubled young woman who answers an exam question about courage. Shot, edited, graded and released in 72 hours.
In Search of a Hedge Chicken
I had a friend who classified all birds as types of chickens (depending on where the bird was). So a bird in a hedge was a hedge chicken… This is a short 1 minute mocumentary is dedicated to them