Sam is a London-based director and writer whose work is defined by a strong visual style and a dark sense of humour, spanning many genres from science fiction to supernatural fantasy to crime capers. Set in original worlds filled with offbeat characters, Sam’s films so far sit firmly within the genre side of fiction, while still exploring complex themes from family trauma to colonialism and politics.
His first feature Hitchhikers (with Bridgeway Films) follows this trend, and is slated for production in April 2020.
Raised in Paris and Johannesburg, Sam’s projects have an international outlook, with particular attention toward France and also Ireland, where Sam did his undergraduate in History and Political Science at Trinity College Dublin. Most of his waking hours at university were spent in the theatre, acting and directing with some of the best talent currently lighting up the Irish theatre scene.
Sam is a 2016 graduate from the masters in Directing Fiction at the National Film & Television School.
THE COCAINE FAMINE 2018
Black Comedy / Crime Thriller, 13mins
Cork Film Festival
Fastnet Film Festival
Winner – Best Short Comedy – Queen Palm Ff April 2019, Usa
Winner – Best Short Comedy – Beyond Earth Iff 2019, India
Winner – Best Short Bronze – Unknown Iff 2019, Russia
Nominated – Best Short Comedy And Best Supporting Actor – West Europe Iff 2019, Belgium; Nominated – Best Comedy Short – Undo Divergent Film Awards 2019, Usa; Nominated – Finalist – Hyperwave Film Awards, Usa
Selections: Cork Film Festival 2018, Ireland; Fastnet Film Festival 2019, Ireland; Still Voices Ff 2019, Ireland; Iffy Ff 2019, Ireland; Portobello Ff, 2019, Uk; Show Me Shorts Ff, 2019, Nz; Jozi Ff 2019, S.Africa; Twin Tiers Iff 2019, Usa; Buddha Iff 2019, India; Shnit Short Film Festival 2019, Swtz; Aaretaler Kurzfilmtage 2019, Swtz; Braunschweig Iff 2019, Germany; Filmfest Bremen 2019, Germany; Open Air Filmfest Weiterstadt 2019, Germany; Lisbon Film Rendezvous 2019, Portugal; Pentedatillo Ff 2019, Italy; Postira Seaside Film Festival 2019, Croatia
Comedy Drama, 16mins
THOSE WHO ARE LOST (2016)
Supernatural Drama, 27mins (graduation film)
FUEL TO FIRE (2015)
Dystopian Western, 25mins
This Is England Film Festival
DARK WAS THE NIGHT (2015)
Science Fiction, 17mins
Manchester International Film Festival 2015 (Winner, best student short)
Shuffle Festival 2015
Fantasia International Film Festival 2015
Unreal Film Festival 2015
Chicago Reel Shorts Film Festival 2015
Nantes Utopiales Film Festival 2015
Supernatural thriller, 10mins
London Short Film Festival 2014