WW1 Through Arab Eyes


Nice to have done some music for this including title sequence. My name is in arabic somewhere on the credits apparently.

“World War One was four years of bitter conflict from 1914 to 1918. Called ‘The Great War’ and the ‘war to end all wars’, it is often remembered for its grim and relentless trench warfare – with Europe seen as the main theatre of war.

But this was a battle fought on many fronts. There is a story other than the mainstream European narrative. It is not told as often but was of huge importance during the war and of lasting significance afterwards. It is the story of the Arab troops who were forced to fight on both sides but whose contribution is often forgotten.

They fought as conscripts for the European colonial powers occupying Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia – and for the Ottomans on the side of Germany and the Central Powers. The post-war settlement would also shape the Middle East for the next hundred years.

In this three-part series, Tunisian writer and broadcaster Malek Triki explores the events surrounding World War One and its legacy from an Arab perspective.”

Playing with Lubomyr Melnyk in the Albert Hall

Just a heads up about a lovely little impromptu gig for me with a guy called Lubomyr Melnyk at The Elgar Rooms in The Albert Hall on the 27th Nov. I’m only joining him for one 10 min song so really I am inviting you to HIS gig which I’ll be a small part of!


However he is definitely worth seeing and this feels like a tidy polite affair which will suit the arty grown-up in everyone :)

I will be joining him on a track called Minexxa (out next year on Erased Tapes Records) playing acoustic guitar with my new and wonderful custom delay pedal. It’ll hopefully be very beautiful, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens.
Here is a link to some of his work and a bio.

A video of him playing

Here is a link to tickets

Cheers and hope to see you there!

Curing Cancer Debs

Curing Cancer Tweets no. 3 in UK on TX

…beating The Apprentice no less :) Heres a selection of great press about the film:

CARA Breadline

Breadline Kids Tweets no. 2 in the UK

Dispatches – Breadline Kids screened in the UK at 7:30 pm on Monday the 9th June, and by 8pm was trending #2 on Twitter. Tweets were overwhelmingly positive towards the characters in the film, and angry towards government inaction.

Other press:

“If Benefits Street was a view of our social security system from Peter Hitchens and UKIP, then Breadline Kids was the reply from the soul of Polly Toynbee and the Church of England, and was consequently much nicer, more thoughtful, humane and moving”

AA Gill – Sunday Times

“The gruelling Breadline Kids highlighted the patronising fatuity of modern political slogans.”
Michael Deacon – Sunday Telegraph

“Watching hungry kids is an ugly form of entertainment”
Zoe Williams – The Guardian

“compelling, distressing, frustrating viewing”
Natalie Williams

“Becky reveals the conditions she. her little sister Rosie and their mum have to endure. ”
Rob Leigh – Daily Mirror

“impressively unsentimental… … the children are, without exception, charming, worried, clever, insightful and jaded, and tired of not getting a fair chance In a society that often claims to be a meritocracy.”
Sunday Times

“the children themselves describe – with a total lack of self-pity – what it feels like living in Britain in 2014 without enough to eat”
David Chater – The Times

“This is another hard-hitting Dispatches”
Daily Telegraph

“”Putting food on the table” is one way of saying “earning money” but this Dispatches takes the phrase literally.”
The Guardian

“a heart-breaking film, especially when the children, burdened with adult concerns about money, discuss their pressured lives and hopes for the future.”
Ian Sinclair – Morning Star

UK Uncut

The Missing Billions – UK Uncut

UK Uncut: The Missing Billions
Small Axe Films

A film about the impact of the cuts in the UK, and the alternative. The film centres on the court case being brought by UK Uncut Legal Action against HMRC over a tax deal done between the revenue and Goldman Sachs in 2010 that saw £20m wiped off the a banking giants tax bill.

If you would like to support this film, and the legal action campaign, then please visit:
Donations are greatly appreciated.
You can also order hard copy DVDs from the website.


America's Poor Kids (Emmy Nominated)

This World: America’s Poor Kids. BBC2 March 2013
Truevision Films
Director: Jezza Neuman
Music: Jamie Perera

– RTS Award for Photography
– Robert F Kennedy Award for TV Journalism
– Emmy Awards Nominee 2013

In the United States, child poverty has reached record levels, with over 16 million children now affected. Food banks are facing unprecedented demand, and homeless shelters now have long waiting lists, as families who have known a much better life sometimes have to leave their homes with just a few days notice.

This World asks three children whose families are struggling to get by to explain what life in modern America really looks like through their eyes. Told from the point of view of the children themselves, this one-hour documentary offers a unique perspective on the nation’s flagging economy and the impact of unemployment, foreclosure and financial distress as seen through the eyes of the children affected.

America's Poor Kids wins RTS award


Very pleased to announce that America’s Poor Kids has won an RTS award in the Photography – Documentary/Factual & Non Drama category.

Directed by Jezza Neumann, America’s Poor Kids, True Vision Productions/BBC This World for BBC Two

“An intuitively shot documentary highlighting the understanding between the crew and the families, with a great eye for detail and composition resulting in some highly emotive images.”

We beat some very stiff competition, including the “Africa” Camera Team, Africa, BBC Television. Cheers!


Banking On Change

Banking On Change
Winner of the BRITDOC/Co-operative Competition
Director: Andrew Hinton
Pilgrim Films
Jamie Perera: Music Composition

J.S Parthibhan is a bank manager with a difference: hes interested in people, not numbers. Through micro loans, he helps villagers in rural areas develop a sense of entrepreneurship and self-respect.

Travelling on his moped to isolated villages, Parthibhan has made it his mission to bring his bank to the people, not the other way around. For him, reforming the system should happen at the most basic level: face to face. “It is about more than just dealing with money. It is dealing with people, with their aspirations.” These villagers need a loan for a new kiln. He educates them about money and talks them through the process of opening an account. “If I were a doctor I would care for the people coming to me the same way as I do now.” In the past years, he’s successfully backed countless similar ventures: “You can talk about financial crisis, but the importance is cultivating people. If you do that, everything falls in to the right place”. Now heres a role model for bankers from Wall Street to Tokyo – Journeyman Pictures