Born in Newcastle, Neil began making films at the age of 11 with his mum’s Super 8 camera. Driven by a love of all things cinematic, Neil went on to film school at Newcastle Polytechnic in 1989, graduating in 2002. He was quickly spotted and employed by local director Bharat Nalluri (Tsunami, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) as an editor, and continued to work for the next 8 years as a freelance editor in Newcastle. During that time, in 1995, Neil co-wrote and edited Bharat’s first feature film Killing Time and continued to write and develop his own projects. Neil’s debut feature Dog Soldiers (2002) was released by Pathe in cinemas across the UK to both positive reviews and healthy box office. This ‘soldiers versus werewolves’ horror/comedy has since gone to gain a strong and loyal cult following in both the UK and US. Neil’s second feature, the critically acclaimed and award winning horror film The Descent (2005), was released, again by Pathe, in 2005 in the UK and by Lionsgate (on over 2000 screens) in the US in 2006. The Descent went on to win, among others, the Saturn award for best horror film, the BIFA awards for best director and editor, and the Empire award for best horror film. Neil is currently in post-production on the apocalyptic action adventure epic Doomsday for Rogue Pictures, to be released by Universal in early 2008.
|2007 Jury Member|