A former consultant, Alistair began screenwriting in 2009 with his first short film, “A Night At Robert McAlister’s” which gained awards on the international film festival circuit.
During 2011 Alistair was in Benghazi, Libya during the revolution. His feature documentary “Stronger Than Bullets” (Dir. Matt Millan) traces the struggle of Libyan musicians during and after the revolution. Acquired by Al Jazeera for broadcast in October 2016. Critically acclaimed, the film has also won 'Best Documentary' at Woodstock (2016) as well as the Santa Fe Press Award (2016). The film is distributed by Evolutionary Films.
Alistair then wrote and produced the feature film “The Paddy Lincoln Gang”, a noir set in the Los Angeles music world. Starring Dean Jagger (WARRIOR, GAME OF THRONES) the film was a 'Best Screenplay' finalist, and achieved ‘Best of Festival’ at the prestigious SoCal Film Festival in 2012, as well as a Platinum Award at the Oregon Film Awards in 2013. It subsequently achieved international VoD distribution.
During 2013-14, he co-wrote and produced the acclaimed documentary “The Watchmaker’s Apprentice” (Dir. David Armstrong). This touching film enjoyed acclaim from BBC critic, Mark Kermode and a successful release on Netflix.
During 2014, he wrote motorsport documentary, “The Green Hell” (Dir. Hannes Schalle) for Austrian production company, Moonlake Entertainment’s which has enjoyed wide cinema release in seven European countries through Odeon cinemas.
Returning to drama in 2016, Alistair wrote a short 22mins film about the notorious film maker, Leni Riefenstahl, starring the legendary Hildegard Neil. "Leni. Leni." (Dir. Adrian Vitoria) screened at Cannes (Short Film Corner), Moscow and was an official selection for the LA International Women's Film Festival 2017.
In 2018, Alistair wrote and co-produced the dramatised music documentary "SILENT NIGHT - A SONG FOR THE WORLD", featuring music stars such as Joss Stone, Kelly Clarkson, Josh Groban and Gavin Rossdale. The feature has had international broadcast in Europe.
During 2019, Alistair developed (for Monumental Partners) a TV series adaptation of 'QUAZI' an adult sci-fi novel by best-selling author Sergey Lukyanenko (NIGHT WATCH).
Alistair's own historic fantasy series 'CELTICA' is also in development.
He has also written a short story adaptation based on acclaimed artist Roger Dean's paintings for the supergroup YES. The story, 'FLOATING ISLANDS' published in the 2019 'A Royal Affair' tour book is based on Roger Dean's sequence of YES album covers for 'FRAGILE', 'CLOSER TO THE EDGE', 'TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS' and 'YES-SONGS'. Alistair is currently working on a full illustrated novella with Roger Dean.
In 2019, he has also been hired as story and script consultant for the animated sci-fi comedy, "MINIBOTS" (Evolutionary Films).
Alistair is a former 100/200m sprinter of some repute having won the World Island Games titles in 1995 and 1997. He qualified for two Commonwealth Games (94/98).
Alistair's seminar appearances include Raindance (2016), Isle of Man Film Festival (2016) as well as guest lectures at Loughborough University.