Alexander Erting-Haynes

After being bought the complete boxset of The Office (UK) on a whim one Christmas, I decided to watch an episode or two that night. As the sun began to rise the following morning, I wiped tears from my eyes as the credits rolled on the final episode. This was the defining moment when I became aware of just how important, affecting and powerful well-written television and film can be.

As a direct result of this experience, I went on to study Media at Bridgwater College, followed by Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Here, I specialised in scriptwriting and graduated with a pilot under my belt.

My list of favourite films and directors are ever-changing, though some mainstays include Shaun of the Dead, Shawshank Redemption and Pulp Fiction. More recently, films such as Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, One Cut of the Dead and Uncut Gems have sparked huge excitement in me. Directors such as Martin McDonagh and the Safdie brothers have been introducing new conversations to cinema as well as new ways to have them and, for me, witnessing unique cinema and dialogue is one of the greatest thrills.