Syd has recently completed work on his debut feature documentary Micropubs - The New Local.
As traditional pubs continue to close at astounding rates, three entrepreneurial Londoners decide to open their own micropubs, inspired by the original Kent craze. These small one-room pubs shun all technology, encourage real human conversation and only serve the best cask ale.
Working alongside filmmakers Dan Eycott and James Coyne, the trio have written, produced and directed the film together independently over the last four years. Although the release date of the film has been affected by the ongoing covid pandemic, you can watch a trailer here.
Syd is now developing a slate of feature film projects as both a writer/director and producer.
To date, Syd has produced 20 short films that have screened at BAFTA, OSCAR and BIFA qualifying film festivals such as LSFF, Aesthetica, Leeds International Film Festival, Norwich Film Festival and Rhode Island International Film Festival.
Predominantly working across genre, notable credits include: horror/comedy Who's that at the back of the bus? (writer/director: Philip Hardy), Hospital Club supported drama Dalstonian (writer/director: Will Webb) and proof-of-concept comedy/drama Queue (writer/director: Ami Ferreira).
Syd also co-produced Gypsy’s Kiss, one of six winning scripts in the 2017 Challenge Alexa scheme by Directors UK and ARRI Rental. Starring BAFTA winner Gemma Jones, the film played a range of international festivals and was long-listed for the BAFTA short film category in 2018.
You can check his full list of credits on IMDB here.
When not working in production, Syd works as a writer and director.
Satirical comedy Textual Relationship premiered at the BFI Future Film Festival and most notably won Best Comedy & Film of the Night at the Limelight Film Awards in October 2017. It was also broadcast on London Live as part of a BFI season.
Subsequent projects have also achieved success. Sticks won Best Comedy at Horsham Film Festival in 2019, and The Deal (written by Sarah Langrish-Smith) was selected for the BIFA-qualifying Short Sighted Cinema and nominated for Best Comedy Short at the New Renaissance Film Festival.
Most recently, Syd has produced and directed supernatural thriller On Air (written by Zara Symes). Starring Mandip Gill (Doctor Who) and Marnie Baxter (Shetland) with fellow participants on the BFI Network x Bafta Crew scheme, the film will premiere in 2021.
Syd is also a member of Director's UK.
Alongside writer/director Oliver Mason, Syd was chosen as one of only 11 filmmaking teams for the BORN DIGITAL: FIRST CUT scheme in 2019 and was commissioned by the BBC and BFI to make a short film to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the world wide web. Their docu-drama hybrid film, Have We Met Before? chronicles the different ways gay men have hooked up throughout different decades from the 1970's to the present day.
After premiering on BBC Four & BBC iPlayer in March 2019, the film is now available to watch forever for free on the BFI Player.
He is now currently developing a range of factual entertainment and documentary projects to pitch to UK channels.
After a short period working as a social media creative in London for Telegraph Hill, Syd made the move into freelancing full-time and has since produced a number of online commercials and promos for various organisations such as Hasbro, Confused.com, DirtyBit Gaming and the NHS.
Syd also regularly produces and directs internal and external corporate content for the educational sector. Most notably, he has produced a wide range of recruitment, promotional and training videos for Canterbury Christ Church University for use by both staff and students alike, encompassing a range of topics such as mental health, suicide awareness, e-learning services and welcome videos for new students each academic year.
For full videos of his past work, please check out Syd's Vimeo page here.
I look forward to hearing from you about new projects and possible collaboration.