Ash is a filmmaker from Stoke on Trent. He studied a BA Hons in Film, Television and Radio at Staffordshire University, and an MA in Film Production, Practice and Theory. Ash was then mentored by the head of documentary at The Guardian, Charlie Phillips, via Sheffield Doc Fest, who encouraged him to use crowdfunding as a way to fund his film making, to great success.
Ash then went on to work with actors who have appeared in This is England, Downton Abbey, Tyrannosaur, The Night Manager, Dark River, and Coronation Street. He also mentors non-professional actors from disadvantaged communities and backgrounds.
Some of his work has been made in collaboration with the BAFTA nominated actor Brendan Coyle under his production company 'Anderson Shelter Productions', and has been screened at film festivals across the UK and America. Disco and Farside, Ash’s most recent short films, are due to be released this year and make their way to the festival circuit.
Ash is currently in development with the feature film One Bad Rat, a film adaption of the critically acclaimed graphic book novel by Bryan Talbot, working alongside the award-winning film producer Sorcha Anglim and double BAFTA nominated animator Chris Shepherd.
In the last 18 months, Ash was long-listed for the BBC New Directors scheme, which is supported by Creative Skillset and Directors UK, as a trainee director for BBC continual drama. He was also shortlisted for Channel 4’s New Directors scheme for Lime Pictures.
He is extremely passionate about film as a whole, particularly in the areas of films and documentaries that blur the lines between fiction and non-fiction. His areas of research lie in British realism, working class cinema, youth culture and class - not only focusing on films and documentaries but also art, photography, music and literature.