I've been going to Soho for a number of years now. For various reasons it has always appealed; it's filled with character, its cinema and bookshops are still staggeringly good, and it has without question the best pubs in London. Now living in London, it seems that my previous visits from the north had spaced … Continue reading Short Film: The Economy of the Dead
Above is Greenteeth, my film adaptation of the short story by Gary Budden which can be read in his upcoming volume of short stories. It is currently up for a fantasy award and follows the pressures on a young woman in a struggling part of north London whose social worries begin manifest in more folkloric … Continue reading Short Film – Greenteeth
Above is the trailer for my only narrative film this year, Green Teeth. There has been a huge gap in my film projects recently, caused by writing a second book and having a huge chunk of time taken up with a project that fell through late last year. Green Teeth as a project came along … Continue reading Trailer – Green Teeth
My film work this year has so far been plagued with problems. Because of working on a project for most of last winter that fell through – a time when I would have been preparing for a film for early 2017 – I’ve been rather stuck with projects. Hope In The Dark is (not counting my … Continue reading Short Film – Hope In The Dark
I remember before I first watched Ben Rivers' Two Years At Sea (2011) that a certain review quote about the film caught my eye. It was suggested by a Time Out reviewer that Rivers' film was "A rare thing in cinema: a vision of true happiness". At the time, this idea framed my viewing of … Continue reading Contentment and Chris Marker’s Chat écoutant la musique (1988)
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
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)
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)
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.
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.