As well as writing and performing, Daniel is also a multi award-nominated director of short films. His distinctive style combines contemporary cinematic visuals with a unique comic sensibility, resulting in factual, documentary and fiction shorts that marry inventive storytelling with quirky humour. He recently combined his comedy and film-making skills as part of a three-person think tank reviewing the digital activities of Comic Relief and advising the CEO directly on the organisation’s future creative strategy.
Credits: Co-director (with Titas Halder), producer, editor, voiceover
Bombastic Rubbish! The Theatres of Frank Matcham
With no formal training the Victorian architect Frank Matcham designed a staggering number of theatres right across the UK to satisfy the public hunger for the delights of the music hall. Only 24 remain, but these opulent, gilded plaster palaces continue to transport theatregoers of all ages into a hidden world of fantastical glamour, and astonish actors with their unequalled acoustics and perfect sightlines.
With contributions from a colourful array of interviewees, including actor Simon Callow, this brash, irreverent and playful short film captures the visible and invisible magic of the remarkable spaces designed by Britain’s greatest ever theatre architect. It was launched in the London Hippodrome with a Q&A conducted by Daniel featuring the legendary Timothy West, and will be part of a new exhibition on Matcham’s work at the V&A Museum.
Credits: Director, producer, script-writer, camera, editor
Jante Law: The laws that really rule in Scandinavia | BBC Ideas
Jante Law is a set of rules that underpin Scandinavian society. It seems to help create equality - but at what expense to the individual?
Daniel came up with and pitched this video concept, and oversaw every element of production. It has been one of BBC Ideas’ most popular videos, and is used as an example of best practice in their commissioning briefs – not to mention stimulating much debate both in the UK and in Scandinavia.