I direct films and occasionally edit/write. Based in London.
I spent my childhood in Belgium drawing cowboys, constructing little electric robots with turning heads and building life-size rockets and spaceships in my parent’s basement. The plan being that I would one day fit the basement’s ceiling with giant revolving doors through which said spaceships could take off. You might have guessed they never did, but it was as close as I could get to my planned career as a famed inventor and explorer of the stars. At the ripe age of ten however, I realised one had to be some kind of maths prodigy in order to be all those things. I was not. In fact I was the exact opposite. So that was that.
Fortunately I had the movies to distract me from this crushing blow. King Kong, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, Jurassic Park and what I insisted on describing as the thing with the apes (the opening sequence of 2001: A Space Odyssey) were formative experiences of the life-changing kind. The Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Guide to Cinema became my bible. I lugged it around everywhere, harboring a growing obsession with special effects. My love of crafting things and feeling like a scientist resulted in dubious Gremlin and shark animatronics, countless torched cardboard sets, lots of splattered blood and plaster on my bedroom walls and at one time burning my cousin’s hand with home-made explosives. Then one day, that awkward moment arrives when you realise your friends are going out and getting drunk, and you’re standing in a field with a balloon full of gasoline, a plastic panzer tank and a shitty Hi8 camera. So that was that.
I then rolled around in the fun and cosy bubble that is academia for five years. You learn a lot of fascinating stuff and it makes you feel like you’re achieving something. Except I’m not sure I achieved much, because after all those years of expanding knowledge, fiery debates, maturing opinions, a side-career in music and fancy degrees, I still mainly wanted to blow stuff up (and do other directorly things, as by then I had come to understand movies are more than just beautiful fireballs).
So I moved to London in 2009, spent some years at the London Film School and eventually found myself directing stuff. If you’d like to work with me, have a chat or point out a spelling mistake I have annoyed you with, you can get in touch here.
MA Filmmaking, London Film School, 2009 – 2011
MA Cultural Studies (Hons), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 2006 – 2007
MA Communication Sciences (Hons), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 2004 – 2006
BA Social and Political Sciences, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 2002 – 2004