Having lived in France, Colombia, Brazil and Argentina, Andrew is a polyglot with a passion for the bizarre and controversial. With his nonchalant and faux-naïve demeanour, he often finds himself hanging out with polemic figures, from ageing porn stars and cheaters to UFO enthusiasts and pro-life fanatics. While out of comfort zone, he endeavours to speak the language of his contributors, rather than rely on jump cuts and hidden translators to get to know them.
When Andrew graduated with an English degree from Leeds Uni and an NCTJ journalist certificate, he went to work for a year at The Sun, where he presented his first short clips. He then moved to South America and made mini-docs for U.S. TV channels Fusion and HBO on such topics as blind footballers, infidelity and a town where everyone believes in UFOs.
At the age of 28, he put together a three-person crew comprising a director and a local journalist. They went to film a flamboyant and media-savvy exorcist in the impoverished suburbs of Buenos Aires. The resulting film surpassed expectations – partially due to the erratic on-camera behaviour of the priest – and went out on BBC 3.