Dan is a proudly working class, queer, neurodivergent, disabled filmmaker living in the rural East Midlands. His most recent project as a director is the BFI National Lottery funded queer council estate western short ‘Hope Ain’t Right’; a queer neurodivergent council estate western exploring gender roles, attitudes towards disability, and the nature of love. A true western, ‘Hope’ treads a delicate line between reality and imagination. It’s also a step forward for representation in film as the director, DOP and lead actor all identify as being on the autism spectrum. ‘Hope’ shot in the spring of 2022 and premieres at the North East International Film Festival 2023.
During the pandemic Dan was accepted onto a 15 week self-shooting filmmaking course / LGBTQIA+ support scheme run by Eden Film Productions, which culminated in the creation of ‘Puck’, a mystic short on the nature of queer lust, which he wrote, directed, and performed. During this time he also developed and shot ‘Loopy’; a silent exploration of loneliness and mental health.
In 2022 Dan joined Seahorse Films with his close friend filmmaker Rebekah Fortune to develop a slate of film and TV projects exploring otherness, neurodivergence and working class life.
Collaboration is at the heart of everything Dan does.
Dan is a trained professional actor.
Over the years he has worked on a broad range of theatre, TV and film projects, as well as multimedia pieces and art installations. He has worked with the BBC, Channel 4, Sony, English Heritage, and the Nottingham Contemporary Gallery to name but a few.
Dan has experience with stage performance, singing, presenting, TV & Film acting, improvisation, workshop/ devised projects, workshop leading, clowning, mime, silhouette work, and controlled movement.
Dan is a trained voice-over artist, voice actor, and singer. He trained with Mike and JP at The Showreel, and has worked extensively in narrative, commercial, and corporate voice overs, as well as character work. In particular he has a great deal of experience with heritage work, and is very talented with accents, both regional and international. He sings recreationally, but is increasingly incorporating sound, and song, into his creative practice.
Dan has voiced work for the National Trust, the Postal Museum, and English Heritage among others.
Dan also offers voice over coaching, both in person and over Zoom, including accent work.