JOURNAL

07
Apr

Arnhem Veterans

Titus and I completed our whistle stop tour of the UK completing 1000 miles in 4 days, bringing our total number of Arnhem veteran interviews to seventeen. I am still amazed at the spirit, modesty and humour of these amazing men.

The excellent editor, Dan Glendenning, is currently viewing the rushes and looking to cut a pilot film to raise some further finance for the project.

11
Mar

Century Films

Latest filming trip with Brian was to Malaga in Spain. A welcome contrast to the freezing conditions in Sweden.

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.

20
Jan

The Camel Project

CamelAfter working as a Director of Photography in film and television for twenty five years, I felt a strong desire to return to my early passion of photography. The challenge of capturing a story or character in a fraction of a second, instead of the weeks and months involved in shooting and editing a film. Suddenly I was working on my own, without a director, crew or production team. It felt incredibly liberating and gave me back that time where I could work at my own pace and stop to talk to the people I was meeting, instead of rushing off with a busy documentary schedule to meet.
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06
Jan

Century Films

Currently working with Brian Hill on a theatrical release documentary for Film Four and the BFI.

25
Dec

Florin Street

Last shoot of 2013 involved filming in a beautiful 14th century Tithe barn in Englishcombe, just outside Bath. This new Christmas video, written and performed by Leigh Haggerwood, is part of his new Florin Street Christmas musical.
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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
Mar

Hipstomatic Project

What draws me to the Hipstomatic app are the early memories of photography as a boy. All the photographs taken within my family as I grew up were taken on Polaroid cameras. Moments captured and developed in sixty seconds. The high contrast images, the square format and the filmic feeling of timelessness.

→ View the images on Flickr

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.

21
Aug

Aung San Suu Kyi: The Choice

Director Angus MacQueen
Producer Sue Summers
Finestripe productions & Ronachan Films for BBC2
Filming in Burma, The Netherlands and UK

Once again, Angus manages to give me another great adventure. This time flying in to Burma to interview Aung San Suu Kyi at her home where she spent many years under house arrest. We had no official permissions to film her and as usual the levels of paranoia were running high with stories of hotel rooms being bugged and the feeling of always being watched by the authorities.
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21
May

Sonny Rollins: Beyond the Notes

BeBop Productions for BBC Arena series
Director: Dick Fontaine
Producer: Gugulethu Mseleku
Location: New York

A rare opportunity to work with the legendary Dick Fontaine who has directed many fine documentaries since the 1960’s.

Shortlisted for the Grierson Award in 2012

Sonny Rollins Beyond the Notes Trailer 1’37” on Vimeo