I have a life long interest in early cinema, and collect rare films and professional equipment from the silent era.
I worked on Kevin Brownlow's 2000 restoration of Napoleon as his assistant editor, and was editor on the restoration The Cat and the Canary (1927). I also edited and co-directed several film history documentaries with him.
I have been lucky enough to uncover and preserve a few lost films, including a Harold Lloyd comedy, a film by Georges Melies' brother, and the earliest fragment of a Lon Chaney feature film.
I have put a few rarities from my collection on youtube:
The first film directed by Ivan Mosjoukine:
A lost Fay Wray film:
I have also edited and associate produced a complete programme of a night at the movies, 1917, for Fritzi Kramer's Movies Silently:
I have put on shows of original prints from my collection, projected on 100-year old hand cranked projectors, at the Flatpack Festival, and the Cinema Museum in London.
My latest project has been a reconstruction of the previously lost William S Hart film The Gunfighter (1917), which was shown at the Giornate del Cinema Muto in 2019:
Here's an article about how the film was reconstructed: