THE BLOG

25
Feb

National Film and Television School

Had a great time with the Second Year Documentary MA students at the National Film and Television School.

Our camera workshop this week included filming at a local residential home where the students filmed some wonderfully moving scenes and interviews with some of the residents and staff dealing with dementia.

They are about to start shooting their graduation films and I wish them all the best, they are a great bunch of people.

25
Feb

Veterans from the battle of Arnhem

My good friend Titus Mills and I are currently pursuing a personal project filming some of the surviving veterans from the battle at Arnhem in 1944 fought during the Second World War. We are planning to film as many interviews as possible this year before the 70th Anniversary Memorial Service weekend in September.

I have been personally struck by the bravery, dignity and modesty of these men.

12
Nov

Aldi commercial

Shot a commercial with fellow DOP Mark Wolf and Director Joe Bullman for Aldi supermarkets. Lots of fun in a street market in Croydon town centre until the heavens opened and everything got very wet.

Client – Aldi • Agency – McCann Manchester • Production Company – The Bare Film Company

03
Oct

Sudan

Spent most of October in The Sudan. The North Kordofan region is approximately 300 miles west of Khartoum. I travelled with author and explorer, Michael Asher, as we retraced his footsteps along the Wadi El Malik, a journey he first undertook over 30 years ago. He was relieved to discover that this corner of The Sahara Desert had changed very little since his last visit. The full account of his journey in 1982 can be read in his excellent book “A Desert Dies”.
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13
Sep

The Met Film School & NFTS

Teaching at the The Met Film School and the National Film and Television School.

25
Jun

Banged up – Manilla

Travelled to Manilla to film a “Banged Up Abroad” episode for Raw Television. Directed by Fergus Colville, produced by Ros Davidson and starring Joy Nash.

The Philippines was our location, but the story was actually set in Thailand. Joy Nash was our drug mule and for such a happy, smiley person she spent most of her days looking distressed, confused and scared while acting out the story in various locations including an enormous women’s prison near Manilla. Our extras were real prisoners, which made for an interesting time. On several occasions I would be chatting to a sweet old lady to discover she had been sentenced many years ago for murder or some other awful crime. The real heartbreak was when the women prisoners were telling me about the children they had left behind.