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- Little Black Rocking at FACT
An abstract video I made a while back is on show in Liverpool as part of ‘the Art of the Pop Video’ exhibition at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology).
There are a few different versions of the video, some more purely digital than others. Here is my favourite version, with music from the wonderful Add (N) to X:
For more info on the exhibition, details of where it is, opening hours etc, please click here.
- Writing the Film! Colour Coded!
Work on the script for the feature version of ‘Ekki Mukk’ continues slowly but surely. This is a photo of my producer Dhiraj Mahey, hard at work colour coding the various themes and plot points of the story!
It is really an exciting process to go through, as on one hand, we have all seen a lot of movies, and intuitively know a lot about movie structure, but on the other, it is just a huge learning curve.. I’m finding it quite satisfying aiming to make a film that is as magical and strange as our short ‘Ekki Mukk’ was, but which also has a really solid dramatic structure.
The good news is, there are no other films like it! I think we may have to invent a name for the kind of film or genre it is.
Now, back to the script…
- Ekki Mukk on Blue Ray and DVD
- Ready for my Close Up
A 30 minute ramble (or interview as some call it) on Resonance FM by Mark Pilkington with me, mainly about Depeche Mode and Bruce Lacey, as we sort of ran out of time to talk about much else. Mark is a man of many talents, and has always put out interesting books about the hidden corners of our murky world on his Strange Attractor imprint.
To hear my words of wisdom click here.
- Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival
Fantastic week spent at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival – it’s the most prestigious short film festival in the world, and my film ‘Ekki Mukk’ was selected for its experimental section, the Lab. The British Council kindly helped get me out there to meet other filmmakers, film festivals and so on, thanks to their shorts support scheme.
This is where the films mainly show. My film was showing 8 times to the public over the festival! It was a revelation to me, watching the film with sold out audiences of local people. It was the first time I had seen it projected in 5.1 sound, and it makes the film positively epic! It really makes a difference, I wish it was only ever shown like this now!
Each morning film makers gathered to discus their films at an event called the Expresso (free coffee was available!). And this is me holding forth about snails, foxes, life, death… the usual.
One of the critics asked me about my love for snails, as shown in the film… I feel slightly guilty to include the following pic of snails in garlic butter. That was the other great thing about Clermont-Ferrand… Amazing food! Yum!
- I.D. Magazine on ‘Ekki Mukk’
‘Strange, beautiful, dark and intriguing’ is how I.D. magazine online describe my short film Ekki Mukk. They have a short interview with me on their site, as part of a series celebrating the 10th anniversary of the London Short Film Festival, where it won the Best Film award recently.
What first inspired you to start making films?
“My father gave me his old Super 8 film camera when I was a teenager… it was a beautiful thing, it had 3 interchangeable lenses and just holding it made me feel like a filmmaker! So having that and going on trips to London to see films by Kenneth Anger, John Waters and Derek Jarman at the Scala cinema. You see, this was before the internet existed! But it really took off when I moved to London and went to gigs, all the time, and started documenting the ‘scene’ of the time. One day this band Cornershop said to me and my friend Mikey Tomkins, ‘why don’t you make a pop video for us?’ so we did.”
Read the whole article here.
- Sight and Sound Magazine on ‘Ekki Mukk’
‘Ekki Múkk mixes drama, natural history and magical elements to beguiling effect’ says SIght and Sound magazine..
Read the full piece by clicking here.
- ICA ‘Retrospective’
Amazing 4 nights of screenings at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, where I spent part of my youth. It was such a great event, I cant thank the people who organised it enough, as it seemed to mark the end of one stage of work and beginning of another (hopefully!!). It wasn’t really a ‘retrospective’, more a selection of work done so far. But watching clips from the past to the present, it all started to make a strange kind of sense…
and watching the work onscreen:
Both pics by the wonderful Sarah Lee. David asked questions to keep the night wizzing along, between clips from videos I have made in the past. The evening was unintentionally bookended by clips featuring naked penises (penes?), and the night was sold out. Afterwards we had a bit of a shindig in the bar:
Toby Amies played some great tunes, with a special emphasis on the Cramps.. much to everyone’s delight!
Above pics by courtesy of firstname.lastname@example.org
As you can see, it was a night of the 1,000 berets…
and then followed by a couple of days with screenings of ‘The Posters Came from the Walls’. Smashing!
A big thank you to all those who attended… and it looks like we will be doing it all again soon somewhere different…
- Potential Future Genius!
“He’s a filmmaker who should be known to more people, not least by more film industry people who should give him more chance to make more brilliance all the time. He’s someone who’ll be hailed as a genius in 50 years and you’ll regret not going to this retrospective when you could.”
I loved their description of ‘Ekki Mukk’ :
“It’s folky, but it’s not a cute facsimile of folksiness, it’s sinister and wild folk. It packs all forms of life into 10 minutes, it’s not like any other fiction shorts you’ll see this year.”
“one of the greatest documentaries of the last decade”
Meanwhile tickets still available for the ICA nights. More info here.
Read the full piece by clicking here.