Toby Amies saw Herzog’s The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser in Evesham Arts Centre in 1975, and it blew his mind. Since then he has been obsessed with film. He studied it at Exeter University, won a scholarship to University of Kansas to film a thesis about Outsider Art, covered cinema festivals for MTV and Film 4 and has made films of varying length and quality since his teens.
He has also been a presenter and writer for BBC 2, Radio 4, MTV, Lonely Planet, and a widely-published portrait photographer. His feature-length documentary The Man Whose Mind Exploded was released on Netflix USA, having had a national cinema run with Picturehouse in the UK and several TV screenings with Film 4.
Toby makes experimental abstract shorts for himself and has recently made films for SkyArts, Tate Britain, Christie's and Nowness. He is in pre-production on another short “Logan’s Runs” and is developing, "Motherfucker", a fiction feature, described as a “Kung Fu Hamlet”.