He studied at drama school in Coventry from 1971 to 1973, and National Film School.
He started his career working as a clerk and an accountant since 1960 till 1971. Since 1974, he works as a director of motion pictures and writer for films and the stage.
He is a director of films, including Children, 1974; Madonna and Child, 1980; Death and Transfiguration, 1983; The Terence Davies Trilogy, 1984; Distant Voices, Still Lives, British Film Institute, 1988; The Long Day Closes, Sony Pictures Classics, 1993; and The Neon Bible, Miramax, 1995.
He also appeared in films, including Ups and Downs, 1982; Derek Jarman: A Portrait, 1991; and Father and Son, 1992.