Andy uses anthropology and ethnographic research methods to make films about quests and personal transformation, his latest work on this subject, One Long Journey is due for release later this year. Andy currently holds lectureships at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester in the UK, University of Bern in Switzerland and the Free University in Berlin, Germany.
Andy's films are available by worldwide distribution and a selection of this work can be viewed from this website. He developed Filmmaking for Fieldwork as an educational arm to his work, concentrating on the development of filmmaking as a research method.
Andy is interested in the uncertainty that surrounds momentous life changing experiences. He has made films about childbirth, death, adolescence, old age, adventure and identity in the UK and India. Andy studied social anthropology at UCL and visual anthropology at the Granada Centre before receiving his PhD in Anthropology, Media and Performance from the University of Manchester. He has worked for TV in the UK, USA and the Netherlands, working on many subjects and producing festival winning films. Andy has also worked in drama, collaborating with acclaimed poet Mark Gwynne Jones to produce the short film, The Message, which looks at the fragile nature of inter-generational transmission of knowledge.
Andy works across all of our projects at AllRitesReversed.
Select reviews of Andy's work
"...The Lover and the Beloved captures the atmosphere of this kind of milieu extremely well and I found it genuinely compelling viewing."
Jonathan Parry, LSE, author of Death in Banaras 2012
"...dazzled, moved, shaken, engaged.... the evocation of a certain and wonderfully wierd India is perfect."
Lee Siegal, Pulitzer Prize nominee and author of Net of Magic. Wonders and Deceptions in India 2012
"I couldn't help comparing it to Forest of Bliss.... but what I really liked about The Lover and the Beloved was the way that beautiful cinematography of this strange and exotic world combines with its inhabitants words.... The eating-human-flesh scene is just incredible - his half hidden smile while looking into the camera is fantastic - I shall never forget this! "
Christian Suhr Nielsen, winner of the Visual Ethnography Prize and the Intangible Culture Film Prize, RAI Festival 2011
"The One and the Many is a delicately executed film that teaches about and honors the Naths’ journeys, allowing viewers to see the human side of the Aghori religion ... The Aghori subjects’ words and stories carry the film, which makes it an interesting counterpart to Robert Gardner’s controversial Forest of Bliss and could spark dialogue around orientalism, the depiction of Eastern spiritualities, and the role and responsibilities of the ethnographic filmmaker."
Rachel Jones, Anthropology News 2014 ( Full Review )
"The One & The Many dives fairly quickly and deeply into its subject, but for those who are reasonably well versed in Indian culture and religion, this journey will be rewarding. Recommended."
P. Hall, Video Librarian Magazine
"A very intense and gripping film, Born is marked by an immediacy and purity of instance. The images in this film are hard to confront yet the film leaves us quiet and composed for it subtly gestures towards man’s ultimate insignificance before nature."
Aparna Sharma, Women’s Feature Service 2009
"...(Born) beautifully captures the confusion and complexity of the male perspective"
Joanna Moorhead, The Guardian 2008
"This is undoubtedly the work that captured my attention more than any other in the exhibition. Andy spent three years working with Judith to produce this powerful piece of film documentary. By using an eclectic range of methods, the film manages to transfix the audience for the full 55 minutes of delivery…
… Andy is unrepentantly honest about the cathartic nature of the endeavour. Yet both the births are presented in a no-holds-barred sort of way, sparing the audience from any measure of sentimentality. This film would make an amazing educational resource for midwife teachers and childbirth educators, as well as others."
Lorna Kirk, Practising Midwife 2008