I like telling stories.
Developing programs for TV
Writing journalism on politics and culture
Researching 20th century history
The short bio
I research and develop programs for TV. I'm currently working on documentary projects with Phare Ouest Productions, and have worked with production companies such as Wild Bunch, Senator Entertainment and Great Pacific TV on both fiction and factual series.
I write articles about politics, culture and the way we live. They have been published by New Statesman and Quillette.
In parallel, I am close to finishing a Research Masters in History at the University of Edinburgh.
The long bio (well, long for the internet)
In today's Hollywood, every movie gets an over-budgeted and under-written prequel. So here's my origin story...
Born and bred in Paris (France, not Texas). Age 6, I watch a costume drama called Le Bossu. One actor is dressed in gold-coloured attire. I think it's made of literal gold. And Right There And Then I know... I want to act. I dress up like a musketeer and perform little plays. But my foray into the craft is doomed. I'm no Pacino. Hell, I'm no Rob Schneider. But it doesn't matter, because soon I learn actors are cattle (Hitchcock said that) who abide by a script and director anyway. The storyteller is behind the camera, so that's where I want to be.
I grow up high on celluloid. Love American cinema because it's all there up on the screen: thrills, chills, love, laughs, gore, passion, deep thoughts and even deeper instincts. Life basically. I watch many many films - aways with the obsessive's compulsion. Some highlights: Scent of a Woman, Scorsese, Stone, Casablanca, De Palma, Children of Paradise, Cameron Crowe, David Lean, JJ Abrams, Shyamalan, Tom Cruise.
I go to film school in London at Westminster Film School where I direct short films. I also help start Double Exposure - a film journal run by friends over at Columbia University, for which I write plenty of film criticism.
After graduating in 2014, I go back to France and fall down the rabbit hole of "Development." Just a fancy word to mean coming up with ideas for films or TV programs, and then writing creative documents that "develop" these ideas... all the way up to the script.
Currently I am working with Phare Ouest Productions, researching and developing documentaries in the history and crime genres.
But there's a reason why writers call the process "development hell." It's a doozy. It's also a slow-burn. Projects take years to get made - if ever. So, taking Churchill's advice (always do, the man saved human civilization) that "if you're going through hell, keep going," I kept going and found myself writing... about politics (?!).
Let's back up a sec: I don't really care about the world until June 5th 2013. That day, Edward Snowden bravely reveals our governments are spying on us. It's heart-pounding. More thrilling than anything I've seen on the big screen. Because it's real.
I am hooked on The News. I start reading newspapers, digging beyond the headlines. I want to understand why our world is the way it is. Soon I am reading history and philosophy. America *trumps* 'em all. A nation that I love and often visit, the nation that sets the pace for the rest of the world. A close second for me: Britain, adopted country - creative, droll and subversive.
Opening the bag of lies that is history (Napoleon said that), I become fascinated with how - for better or worse - people can change the course of events... or come close to. Great (read significant) men and women move society. They change the ethos of their country, sometimes the whole world, and they replace old ideas with new ones. They make us think and feel differently; they reinvent reality itself.
A few of these individuals, that I think and sometimes write about: Franklin Roosevelt (the GOAT), the Kennedy brothers, Thatcher, Keynes, Ronald Reagan, Léon Blum, Teddy Roosevelt... Only politicians change the world? No - but think of politics as art, not science. As of the artists: Elvis, Bill Hicks, Jim Morrison, George Carlin, Bret Easton Ellis, Oliver Stone, Bruce Lee... And Cary Grant too. It's also about knowing how to live damnit.
In parallel, I am close to finishing a Research Masters in History at the University of Edinburgh. Obama said that to be POTUS is to "to tell a story to the American people." So I researched the intertwined stories told by two of history's greatest story-tellers, Franklin Roosevelt with radio and Ronald Reagan with TV.
As with every bad soap, this ends with a promise: To Be Continued...