I've written extensively about Derek Jarman's short super-8 film, Journey To Avebury; one of his earliest experiments in film that channels so much of the genii loci of English landscapes, ubiquitous in the more interesting of English arts. His walk through the Wiltshire landscape after the intense stint of work on the sets for Ken … Continue reading Responses: Derek Jarman’s Landscape Paintings
When Jeremy Deller took control of the UK's pavilion in the 2013 Venice Biennale, the press coverage caught hold of one specific aspect that the artist discussed; its "aggressiveness". With environmental concern sat at the heart of the exhibition, alongside the general political upheaval caused by the coalition government during its third year of power, … Continue reading Responses: Jeremy Deller’s A Good Day For Cyclists (2013)
"Once I loved a man who was a lot like the desert, and before that I loved the desert." - Rebecca Solnit (2006). Late last year, I quite accidently combined the viewing of two films that spoke of a theme I have become interested in over the last few months. Viewing Michelangelo Antonioni's Zabriskie Point … Continue reading Sex and the Landscape in Zabriskie Point (1970) and The Last Movie (1971)
I was initially struggling to put together a showreel for 2016. I don't think my film work has ever been so reliant on its varied soundworlds for their full context and so pulling the strongest images out of that context doesn't quite work. I've tried my best to make something vaguely cohesive from these moments … Continue reading Showreel 2016
The Swiss town of Zermatt lies on the Italian border south of the Naturpark Pfyn-Finges some way away from Bern. There lies a string of more built up towns to its north, lying along a liner path marked by a highway, connected by the towns of Sion and Sierre. In spite of Zermatt being more … Continue reading A Ghost Story For Christmas: The Mountain Grave.
Having detailed some of the history that inspired my last film of 2016 in this article on Caught By The River, I have very little else to say in regards to The Attempt. It's a mixture of essay film and drama, combining a stark moment in the life of the poet, Edward Thomas, with the … Continue reading Short Film – The Attempt (Edward Thomas)
As recently announced, I have a book being released in January all about Folk Horror and its many related areas of interest. The book has been in the works for the last year or so though many of the arguments within have been growing now for several years. Though I'll undoubtedly being doing the usual … Continue reading Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful and Things Strange (January, 2017)
Throughout 2016, I've been trying to respond to artwork about landscape in more ways than simply essays. I found that in trying convey work that I liked, there was only so far I could go with conventional journalistic and essay writing. At the tail-end of each response article, I've been sneaking in a poem about … Continue reading Responses: Poems On Landscape and Melancholy
Above is the trailer for my final short of the year, a film detailing an event in the life of the poet and writer, Edward Thomas. I've had a personal fascination with Thomas for a few years now, properly diving into his work early last year and finding much in common with both his mentality … Continue reading Trailer – The Attempt (Edward Thomas)
When recently interviewing the writer and filmmaker, John Rogers, the setting of our meeting place in Stratford played heavily upon my mind. Such was the contrast between so many of the buildings and spaces within the area that many ideas came about just from a quick meander around its many new developments. Because of this … Continue reading Dérives: Planet Stratford with John Rogers (London).