The Big Issue North is a regional edition to the popular weekly publication, The Big Issue. I've been contributing full-page and multi-page features to the magazine since early 2017, with work based predominately around film, television and popular culture.
"Everything in my Career Has Been A Bit of an Accident" A Conversation With Military Wives Screenwriter Rachel Tunnard
Q&A with Nigel Planer
Cover Story: Luke Evans
Welsh star Luke Evans is a busy guy. Between starring in Hollywood blockbusters and small-screen hits, he's even found time to record his long-in-gestation debut album. I spoke to him about how he manages to stay grounded amid his often-chaotic workload. This piece is also available to read online.
Eaten By Lions
Director Jason Wingard visited Blackpool to tell an inclusive and refreshingly funny tale of family and acceptance in Eaten By Lions. Being from Blackpool myself, I was eager to talk to him - and star Jack Carroll - about creating this small town comedy.
The Last Days of August with Jon Ronson
Author and podcaster Jon Ronson has become an unlikely expert on the deadly impact and accountability-free world of social media shaming. I could have spoken to him about his complex topic for hours - but somehow managed to whittle our chat down to two-page Q&A which ran in the lead up to Ronson's recent UK tour, The Last Days of August.
Cover STory: Simon Pegg
Simon Pegg spoke to me about the authentic stunts that help keep Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible movies number one at the box office, his new production company and upcoming Directorial debut for a recent Big Issue North cover story.
Cover Story: Seth Rogen
I had so much spare content left over from my chat with Seth Rogen that I was able to put together a completely new piece, featuring new quotes for the regional readers of The Big Issue North. This time, Seth shared thoughts on his collaborative work ethic and fondness for working with his friends...
Cover Story: Paddy Considine
Directing and acting powerhouse Paddy Considine followed up his harrowing debut Tyrannosaur with the equally unflinching boxing drama Journeyman. I spoke to him as the film was hitting audiences to find out what inspires his storytelling. The feature was a cover story in the magazine's print edition but you can also read the piece online by clicking the image below...
Bill Bailey's Philosophy of Funny
I got so much great content during my chat with Bill that I pitched a mini-feature for the publication's online section highlighting Bill's laid back philosophies on travel, comedy and life. Click the image below to read the full piece...
Cover STory: Bill Bailey
I spoke to comedian Bill Bailey shortly before he hit the road on his 2018 Larks in Transit tour. The finished story featured Bill discussing his love of travelling, left-field comedic style and his (not so) rock and roll tour antics...
Rupert Grint on Snatch
After I'd quizzed Rupert Grint about his favourite movies for Total Film there was a little bit of time left over so I got his thoughts on visiting Manchester to shoot his new show Snatch.
Julian Barratt on Mindhorn
While his Mighty Boosh partner Noel Fielding was visiting The Great British Bake Off's baking tent, Julian Barratt was making his big screen feature debut Mindhorn, a smart send-up of 80s cop shows and the fickle nature of fame. I spoke to Barratt about creating this larger than life character just before the film's debut.
Cover Story: Artist John Higgins
I was offered the chance to speak to iconic Liverpool based artist and comic book writer John Higgins ahead of his hometown exhibition at Victoria Gallery & Museum and as a big fan of Judge Dredd and Watchmen, I jumped at the chance. The finished piece even made it onto the cover of the late April edition of the magazine, making it my first ever cover story.
Alice Lowe Talks Prevenge
For my inaugural feature for The Big Issue North I spoke to actor, writer and director Alice Lowe about her amazing feature debut Prevenge and its impressive journey to the screen. Alice was really generous with her time and her debut film has set her up as someone you'll definitely want to see more of. Not seen the film yet? You're missing out.