Si is a journalist and filmmaker living in Brighton, UK. He cut his teeth in underground press titles like Squall and Urban75 and studied Journalism in the near-legendary – but no longer – South Bristol College. In 1996 he became the South West news and feature writer for the Big Issue magazine rising to chief news correspondent and later news editor. He broke numerous stories of national importance. In 1998 he was named Weekly Regional News Journalist of the Year in the Press and Broadcast Awards.
He continued to write and edit as a freelance, contributing to numerous titles from The Ecologist and Red Pepper to HipHop Connection. In 1999 he made his first documentary, Big Rattle in Seattle – at the demonstrations against the World Trade Organisation in Seattle. The film received festival screenings from Rio, to Hong Kong to San Francisco and was broadcast in the US and Australia. Extracts were used in the 2011 Oscar nominated Marshall Curry doc “If A Tree Falls…”.
As a founder member of the Guerillavision Collective Si created a series of much-imitated ground breaking activist documentaries that were selected for numerous international festivals and broadcast worldwide and screened at the National Film Theatre in London. In 2000 he was commended by the Commission for Racial Equality for a series articles exposing far right activity in South West England (for which he also received death threats from the fascist groups involved). In 2003 he was published alongside Antonio Negri in ‘On Fire: the Battle of Genoa and the anti-capitalist movement.’ In 2007 he was joint winner of the Writers & Artists Yearbook Novel Writing Competition with ‘Pablo’s Egg’.
He works as a self shooting producer director, DoP and editor in documentary, music promos and drama. In 2003 he co-directed ‘Boom and Bust’ for Channel 4′s Alt-World introducing the street artist Banksy to his first mainstream TV audience. In 2012 he was an editor and shooter on Channel 4′s Banksy directed 60 minute special ‘The Antics Roadshow’ . In 2010 Si was nominated for a Drum & Bass Arena Best Video Award for Lenzman ft Riya’s ‘Open Page’ (Metalheadz Records).
Si was part of the team that established the Independent Media Centre network (indymedia.org) and was instrumental in setting up Britain’s first open access Indymedia centre in Bristol. Between 2009 and 2011 he worked as a trainer for the charity Headliners, designing and delivering documentary and journalism projects for at-risk young people. He also delivers training for freelancers and industry professionals. Since 2015 he has been a Visiting Lecturer at London’s Royal College of Art delivering a narrative filmmaking workshop for post-graduate Visual Communication students.
Si has reported extensively from the social justice frontline including from the jungles of southern Mexico, Palestine, extensively across the UK, Europe and the US. His documentary Borderland – about the contradictory nature of the Syrian revolution and it’s potential to destabilise Lebanon – was premiered at the Frontline Club and selected by Dochouse for their Between The Lines festival in 2013.
A few years ago Si began writing fiction and in 2009 he was awarded Grants for the Arts funding and mentoring by the UK Arts Council to produce a short story collection. The project is ongoing.
Si is an accomplished shooter – at ease shooting anything from Arri Alexa to DSLR and all stops in between. He is an industrious firebrand always on the hunt for good stories and will pull out all stops to tell them in innovative inspiring ways.