Hugh Stoddart was invited to join the Writers' Circle at the Royal Court Theatre, London, while still a student but his interest lay more in the visual arts and film. He worked in contemporary art throughout the 1970's, first at a gallery in London, then for South West Arts based in Exeter, and finally as director of the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, achieving a move to larger premises and an expanded international programme. At the end of his three year contract there, his collaboration with director/producer Colin Gregg had already led to two films and, encouraged by interest from the newly-created Channel Four in what was to become his third film with Gregg (REMEMBRANCE) Hugh decided to launch himself as a full-time writer.