Born in 2000 and raised on a steady diet of old English sitcoms, Toby has since become a screenwriter and certified cinephile. His taste is eclectic, ranging from zany Zucker Brothers comedies to dour Bergman dramas, and a little bit of Cronenberg body horror thrown in...
He has been developing his screenwriting technique since he was 15. He wrote his first script, a dark comedy called Skag, in 2016. He wrote his second script, The Long Road Ahead, the following year. Whilst no doubt flawed, these scripts brought to light many themes that recur throughout his works: tragically flawed characters who fight impossible odds to survive.
After a two-year hiatus, he returned to scriptwriting in 2019, when he began university. Here, he began to expand his horizons, sampling cinema from all over the world and discovering the likes of Godard, Fellini, Bresson, Scorsese, Lynch... these filmmakers, and many like them, showed him what cinema could be, and, more importantly, what a script could be.
Once he graduated from university, he set his mind on building a portfolio of material, one that stands out from the crowd. He spent a great deal of time with each concept, producing several award-winning short scripts. His lone feature script, You Are My Oxygen, has already won several awards, and has been selected for numerous others.
At this stage, he is hard at work developing concepts for feature scripts. He has, as of right now, two concepts he is really focused on: 1) a series of (almost) ghost stories about the pernicious nature of memory; each entry follows an individual member of a family, and the different ways in which their memories return to them, and 2) a drama about a widow's descent into madness on a film set as she witnesses reproductions of her traumas.
His ultimate goal is to merge his love of arthouse and experimental cinema with his passion for effective cinematic storytelling. Thus, he hopes to expand the cinematic horizons of others and create a more cine-literate world.