Timeline

1971
Graduates with Honours in Fine Art at Birmingham College of Art. Rejected by the Royal School of Film and Television.

1972
Attends animation department, Gosta Green, Birmingham. Animates Ballet, then French Windows. Upon completion of the film registers unemployed. Graduates with Honours in Graphic Design.

1973
Begins work for John Halas at the Educational Film Centre in Wardour Street, London. French Windows wins awards at festivals around the world and is screened on The Old grey Whistle Test, which Bob Harris describes as ‘an incredible piece of film’. Pink Floyd make contact.

1974
French Windows screened to Pink Floyd at the Bijou Preview Theatre. Floyd commission the Dark Side Of The Moon concert film. Animation begins while the Floyd are in Pompei. Film screened at Empire Pool Wembley arena.

1975
Sets up studio in Soho, producing title sequences for the BBC. Mike Oldfield commissions a visualisation of Tubular Bells. Film screened at Earls Court.

1976
Animates Heart’s Right for Roger Daltrey.

1977
Animates Dreams of Jung and Old and Grey and Incantations for Mike Oldfield.

1978
Paul and Linda McCartney commission the Oriental Nightfish. Animation begins. Oriental Nightfish nominated Golden Palm Cannes Film Festival. Don Boyd commissions The Beard.

1979
Beard screened at 33rd Edinburgh Film Festival.

1980
Beard in competition at Berlin film Festival. Beard wins Prix de Qualite. Develops animated horror movie Hyde.

1981
Directs Magic Shop produced by Sarah Radclyffe. Retrospective at National Film Theatre. Jeff Katzenberg sees The Beard at Paramount UK and agrees to produce a short as part of their talent programme. Joins PFD agency

1982
Directs The Chauffeur for Duran Duran. Writes, produces and directs The Tent. Leaves PFD.

1983.
Joins ICM. Writes, produces and directs Goodie Two Shoes which wins the British Academy Award and an Oscar Nomination.

1984
David Puttnam at Enigma Films invites to make feature film as part of the First Love series for Goldcrest and Warner Brothers. Animates the Box of Delights and The Old Men at the Zoo for BBC. Closes Timeless Films animation studio to concentrate on directing.

1985
Writes and directs the feature film Knights and Emeralds which receives favourable reviews but cursory distribution.

1986
Declared bankrupt, registers unemployed. Knights and Emeralds receives standing ovation at the Sorrento Film Festival.

1987
Directs music videos includingTower of Strength for The Mission. Develops Splat Alley.

1988
Directs The Yob starring Kieth Allen. Directs How to be Cool starring Roger Daltrey. Develops The Big G for Monty Python's Handmade Films.

1989
Directs Streetwise starring Andy Serkis. Joins Adrian Lyne’s commercials production company, Jennie & Co.

1990
Invited by Roger Waters to shoot footage for The Wall Live in Berlin. Shoots film with Rupert Everett, Marianne Faithful and Ute Lemper.

1991
Directs Kersplat for Channel Four.

1992
Development Babyman. Jennie & Co bankrupt.

1993
Joins Ridley Scott Associates. Writes God is My Broker for New Line Cinema.

1994
Develops The Hitmen.

1995
Directs Jim and Bassie starring Jim Tavare and Al Murray.

1996
Writes, produces  and directs The Chain. Directs The Munsters’ Scary Little Christmas starring Sam McMurray, Ann Magnuson and Elaine Hednrix.

1997
Directs Deadly Summer starring Pauline Quirke and Francesca Annis.

1998
Directs Buddy Faro starring Dennis Farina.

1999
Leaves Ridley Scott Associates, sets up Concrete productions with Tiger Aspect. Develops Rats with Chris Skala at Tiger Aspect.

2000
Directs The Invisible Man starring Vincent Ventura for the Sci Fi Channel.

2001
Directs Ice starring Michael Jeter and Leland Orser for Paramount.

2002
Directs and designs Sir Gadabout starring Tamsin Egerton. Receives British Academy Award Nomination.

2003
Directs and designs Sir Gadabout series 2.

2004
Directs Cavegirl.

2005
Develops Dark Sky.

2006
Writes first novel Grangsters.

2007
Directs Space and the Woods for Late of the Pier.

2008
Co-directs Bookaboo with Lucy Goodman, starring Meatloaf, Al Murray and Alesha Dickson.

2009
Directs Flightpath Tegel. It Was a Thursday Night retrospective exhibition at the Horse Hospital. DNA collective exhibition with John Foxx, Gary Numan, Alex Proyas and Macoto Tezka. Wins British Academy Award.

2010
Directs International Airport Plastic. Develops Scarlet Moon. Co-directs second series of Bookaboo.