Quatermass II (Nigel Kneale) – Fear Of The Outsider Within The Landscape.


The characters of Nigel Kneale’s work rarely like the “outsider”.  The drama of his plays is often built around small groups of people at odds with (or at least representational nationally of being at odds with) some concept of the … Continue reading

Filming In The Holloways.

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As some may know, I’m currently engaged in a collaborative project with the writer, Robert Macfarlane, and also in periphery with the artist Stanley Donwood.  Our aim is to produce a short visual summation of the fragmented novella booklet that … Continue reading

The Ancient And The Otherworldly In Lucifer Rising (1970) – Kenneth Anger.

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Much has been written about Kenneth Anger’s final counter-culture outpouring, Lucifer Rising.  So often the discussion of its history, its constantly evolving final form, and its links with Charles Manson’s “Family”, overshadow the real thematic content of the short film.  … Continue reading

Objectification As Desire In The 1960s British Youth Film.


On a recent exploration of several films from the 1960s, some startling realisations occurred.  A change in moral values is pretty easy to distinguish within any given time-frame but the casual representation of the era’s moral values were a shock … Continue reading

The Aural Aesthetics Of Ghosts in BBC Ghost Stories – Part 9 (Conclusions).


Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Part 6. Part 7. Part 8. Conclusions. “If its central characteristics remained immune to change, the ghost story did keep pace with the times through progressive modernization of settings and … Continue reading

Perception Of Landscape in A Journey To Avebury (1971) – Derek Jarman.


Out of all of Derek Jarman’s pre-feature length film work, his short capture of a 1971 walking trip, A Journey To Avebury, is perhaps his most interesting and subtly complex piece of short film work.  These were the early days … Continue reading

The Aural Aesthetics Of Ghosts In BBC Ghost Stories – Part 8 (The Signalman).


Part 1. Part 2. Part 3.Part 4. Part 5. Part 6. Part 7. The Signalman And Aural Paranoia Over Dickensian Technology. “For those who look back on it, the Victorian age seems to be invested with a peculiar quality of … Continue reading

The Forests Of Ivan’s Childhood (1962) – Andrei Tarkovsky.


For a film about war, Ivan’s Childhood (1962) by Andrei Tarkovsky dwells quite unexpectedly upon the natural landscape of its narrative.  At first, this might seem somewhat unsurprising; after all, most films set during war often make use of the … Continue reading

The Naturalist Tendencies of Peter Greenaway’s Short Films.


When surmising the film work of Peter Greenaway, several rather luscious factors often come into play: The huge, architectural scale of his filming locations and sets; the painterly detail of his composition; Influences of Western high art; the larger than … Continue reading

2014 Review and Top 10s.


Best New Releases. 2014 has been a year that I’ve genuinely struggled to keep up with in terms of new releases.  The sheer wealth of material out there and the incessant obsession of online reviewers to desperately be up-to-date has … Continue reading