On the 21st of January, over 100,000 people marched through London in solidarity with women against the hatred currently being espoused by the recently inaugurated president of the USA. This was alongside many other marches globally, especially in America, of unprecedented numbers of people; showing their resistance against what is effectively a newly elected fascist … Continue reading Dérives:Women’s March London – Walking As Dissent
I wander thro' each charter'd street, Near where the charter'd Thames does flow. And mark in every face I meet Marks of weakness, marks of woe. - William Blake Properties on the banks of the river were first earmarked for government-approved privatisation some years ago. Though private property had been a constant on the banks … Continue reading Fictions: The Charter’d River
Apart from going on a number of planned walks throughout 2016, towards the end of the year I managed to head on a number of more random jaunts out into a variety of places. Though the reel of photos I took has come back mixed in terms of quality, the walks were still interesting enough … Continue reading Dérives: Odds and Ends
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
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).
I have been lucky enough to have this year's Halloween film, No Diggin' Here - a film about M.R. James, Aldeburgh and A Warning To The Curious - premiered on the BFI's website. It was a Halloween treat that, until I saw it happen in full, I didn't quite believe, but I count myself incredibly … Continue reading Short Film – No Diggin’ Here.
This presentation was originally given at the Folk Horror Revival day at The British Museum (16/02/2016). My thanks to the fellow admins of the Folk Horror Revival, especially Jim Peters and Andy Paciorek. There's an overt connection between analogue technology and the narratives surrounding paranormal activity in British horror, especially when made during the 1970s. … Continue reading The Ghost In The Grain – Folk Horror Revival @ The British Museum (16/10/2016).
The Neolithic town of Avebury in Wiltshire has figured in much that I love for a growing number of years now. Its draw has been one that has crossed all areas of the arts that dominate my current interests, to the point where the village almost seemed to embody a fictional realm akin to Alan … Continue reading Dérives: A Journey To Avebury.
The photography series, Areas Of Outstanding Natural Beauty (1982-1984), was the first work I came across by Keith Arnatt. This was some time before he would eventually be back in vogue thanks to Tate Britain's well received conceptual exhibition, of which his most famous work, Self Burial (1969), was the publicity image for. Very much … Continue reading Responses: Keith Arnatt’s A.O.N.B (1982-1984).
There are few writers that figure more prominently in everything I do than the teller of beautiful Edwardian ghost stories, M.R. James. Alongside W.G. Sebald, J.G. Ballard, Alan Garner and Virginia Woolf, his writing holds a great power over me with its familiar yet unfamiliar worlds. His writing preys upon my mind at regular intervals, … Continue reading Trailer – No Diggin’ Here.