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Ricardo is a professional drama and documentary filmmaker.  He joined Leeds Trinity University in 2008 and specialises in Writing and Directing for Film & TV; Editing; Cinematography and Visual Effects.

As a freelance Producer/Director, Ricardo makes content for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 for programmes that have included SHAMELESS and THIS LIFE.  He has created ‘Behind the Scenes’ documentaries for a number of British Dramas and continues to remain closely involved in the industry.

In 2019, Ricardo released his short film Re:Tension, which explores the reality of how racism, racial harrassment and micro-aggressions  can function in academic institutions. made with students  at Leeds Trinity University.   The film was nominated for Best Educational Film at the Learning on Screen Awards.

The accompanying Re:Tension Toolkit has received 

  • Winner of Whatuni Award 2021- Equality and Diversity;
  • Nomination for THE Awards - for Outstanding Contribution to Equality and Diversity; 
  • Advance HE - commended for good practice as highlighted in Leeds Trinity University's R.E.C. Award 2020.


Teaching and Administration


Level 6: Advanced Short Film Production

Level 5: Drama: Concept to Practice

Level 4: Core Production Skills


Previous Employment:
Visiting Lecturer - Directing for Screen -  Leeds Beckett University

Freelance Prod/Dir. -  Day Break Pictures, Kudos, World Productions, Company Pictures

Assistant Producer & Single Camera Director - Granada Television


Research interests

I am interested in the development of co-created films onthe theme of Social Justice. To write, produce and direct, evidence-based dramatic narratives, that provide a professional  for learning environment for both students and external associates.


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