Samuel is a writer and director for film and television based in the UK. He is a prolific filmmaker from New Zealand, having written and directed a number of shorts and now preparing to make his first low budget feature film, Mutt (Spring 2017), to be followed later in the year by a feature based on his short film Gastro. Samuel’s work has been screened around the world at numerous film festivals including the Oscar-accredited Raindance, Austin and Show Me Shorts.
|Feature film (in development):|
|Gastro||Writer & Director
In the cutthroat world of commercial cookery an apprentice chef uses a stolen menu to stage a mutiny and overthrow the head chef, but executing the intricate cuisine is nearly impossible under the harsh work conditions of the Faginesque owner.
|Mutt||Writer & Director
A young woman looks to her conservative in-laws for guidance during her first pregnancy. But when her pet dog is stolen amid rumours of a local dog fighting ring, she must go against their values to infiltrate the shady group and save her dog from a torturous death.
|Gastro||Writer, Director & Actor
A power-hungry young cook is left in charge of a restaurant kitchen when the head chef is called away. But his arrogance and manipulation trigger a chain of disastrous events and are his ultimate undoing.
|Past the Second Stage||Writer, Director & Actor
Running Panda Films
While cleaning his deceased brother’s derelict apartment, a man comes across an old laptop containing the last documentation of his life. But in order to access the files, he must pass three security questions regarding family that threaten to bring up his well-buried resentment.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Austin Film Festival 2016
|Waiting on Sound||Writer & Director
Running Panda Films
Short form web series following the plight of a long-suffering boom operator on the last day of a chaotic film shoot, each episode paying homage to classic filmmakers.
Acquired by Virgin for in-flight video service
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Raindance 2016; Toronto Webfest 2015
|Return of the Worm||Writer & Director
Music video: a three year old superhero defends his cardboard city from a giant marauding worm.
WINNER: Best Student Music Video, Mosaic Film Festival 2014
NOMINATED: Best Music Video, Show Me Shorts 2014
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Raindance 2015; Crossroads Film Festival 2015; Riverbend Film Festival 2014
|Moo||Writer & Director
A student at a fine arts school is threatened with expulsion after refusing to work with anything other than felt tips and crayons to draw farm animals, but the act of severing her connection with her bovine muse puts her on the brink of a mental breakdown.
WINNER: Best Student Film, Free Thought Film Festival 2016
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Tacoma Film Festival 2016; ITSA Film Festival 2015; Independent Days Film Festival 2015; Albuquerque Film and Music Experience 2015
|Diploma in Screen Media – Footscray City Films, Melbourne, Australia, 2013|
|Certificate in Screen Media – Lights Online Film School 2012|
|Diploma in Commercial Music – CPIT, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2006 – 2008|