Rob was raised in the cursed town of Yateley, Hampshire.
At the tender age of three, he developed a passion for cinema
when his uncle showed him Fiend Without A Face (1958) on an
8mm projector. As a result, he became a strange child, obsessed
with monsters, sharks and insects.
As a “sensible adult” he studied Animation Filmmaking
at The Surrey Institute Of Art And Design and in 1997 made
his very own film THE MAN IN THE
LOWER-LEFT HAND CORNER OF THE PHOTOGRAPH, which won five international awards and several
cheap sales to broadcasters.
In 2001, he made THE CAT WITH
HANDS, a tale about a very
bad pussycat . It was inspired by a recurring nightmare Rob’s
older sister Eleanor had when she was young. The film was
funded by Channel 4, and won six fairly prestigious awards,
including the Soho Rushes New Director Award.
In 2003, having been given funding by S4C and SGRÎN,
Rob made THE SEPARATION, another stop-motion piece that won
15 international awards, including the Welsh BAFTA for Best
Short Film, and Best Animated Film at the Melbourne International
Film Festival. It also made a member of the audience faint
from emotional shock in Stuttgart, which made Rob most happy
and determined to carry on making films.
The following year he made his first fully live-action short,
MONSTERS, commissioned by FilmFour and The UK Film Council
as part of their Cinema Extreme scheme. This grisly tale of
sibling tension was inspired by a childhood memory of finding
a severed goose head outside his suburban family home, as
well as by a virulent relationship with his teenaged sister
before she finally transformed into a human being. It was
premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in
2004, was nominated for the Golden Melies Award, and has received
some shockingly positive reviews, like this
one (the cheque’s
in the post).
He currently has numerous projects in various stages of development.
Some are live-action, some are animated. Some are long, some
are short. He lives in London.