Googsi | Filmmaker
Luke is one of those interesting characters who has always been driven to understand this life by walking a hundred miles in another man's shoes. Atticus Finch's advice to his children always stuck firmly with Luke. He realised early in life that there was always another point of view, another angle another story.
The root of this mindset was undoubtedly cultivated in the culturally colourful, inclusive and diverse childhood spent travelling and living in Southern Africa with his family. He was acutely aware of the needs and plights of others in a sub-continent that suffered violence, discrimination and poverty. A land that was at the mercy of extremes of weather, politics and passion was his cradle and his playground.
In their travels, the family set out to truthfully record any findings of art, craft and lifestyle of Southern African tribes. It had the privilege of living alongside some of these last unseen tribes, in unspoilt and unexplored landscapes. Amongst these were the gentle, nomadic San people of the Kalahari, nestled safely in the breasts of the Tsodilo Hills. The profound spiritual and cultural significance of this site was not lost on the family. As they explored the rocks and hills, Luke's excitement of discovering the unknown heightened.
Throughout his life Luke has had a keen fascination in art. As a child every wall was a blank canvas, every waking moment a chance to find snakes and rocks and then to try and draw them. With pencils in each pocket and a keen eye for detail, his path naturally led him to study and excel in Fine Art and Design in both high school and at college. After his tertiary studies in South Africa, Luke moved with his family to Jersey, Channel Islands. It is here that he gained insight to the world of the Royal Marines and developed a fascination with and the need to understand war.
In 2007, Luke joined the Royal Marines. His leadership and organisational skills along with his determination to succeed were acknowledged and celebrated in being awarded the King's Badge. He had an 8 year career, serving as a weapons instructor and in a sniper pair in Afghanistan on Herrick 14 with K COY. This provided a new theatre for the drama of violence, survival and loss. Yet again, Luke was drawn into the minds and perspectives of another culture. Drawing, whenever he had a moment, allowed him to maintain a perspective and an analytical eye that could easily have been lost in such an environment.
On his return, Luke became deeply involved in the physical and emotional rehabilitation of fellow Marines. Working with Trim for Veterans and using his unique experience as a Freediving Instructor, he put into practice a tailored syllabus that allowed soldiers to take personal control over their mental and physical health on the long and challenging road of rehabilitation.
He has since harnessed his combined experience and education in multiple creative fields with his free diving and military career, to embark on a calling in documentary filming. His desire to portray the raw truth and beauty of all situations led to further studying and he has recently rounded off his education at the London MET Film School, studying Film Production and Documentary Filming.
His ethos is to show the world as it truly is and to inform and challenge people's thinking, allowing them to make well-informed judgements. In the vast flow of our fast moving society, every decision has become more critical than the last in determining the survival of the environment and our combined humanity.
' Ultimately, the value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than mere survival.' Aristotle