Films & Videos


 

The Delights of Slow Travel
Part 1: Hopping over to a concert (2017, Standard 8, 4 minutes)
Part 2: 4 journeys in one (2017, Super 8, 4 minutes)

These two short films were edited for a public talk I gave about the delights of slow travel. They feature two different journeys I made by rail and ferry. The first was a short trip to Cologne in 2011 for seeing a rare Stockhausen opera performance, together with a friend of mine from Germany. The second journey was a two and a half week long round trip to Sweden and Germany in Summer 2016. This combined a business trip with a family visit, a visit to friends in a different part of Germany, and some purely touristic travels. As I pointed out in my talk, travelling by rail and ferry as opposed to plane means that the journey itself becomes part of the holiday, as you get a chance to see a lot on the way (or to relax on an open deck with a glass of wine and a pipe).

Public screening:

  • Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon monthly meeting, 17 April 2017


The Goblin of the Meeting House (Version Bent 8)
2016 (Super 8, 2½ minutes)

This film sums up my work as Resident Warden of Bradford on Avon Quaker Meeting House. Originally entered into the Straight 8 competition 2016, it later saw a quarter of an hour's worth of post-production, hence the additional title 'Bent 8'. The film within the film is a sequence from my previous Straight 8 entry The Naked Animator.

You can also have a look at some production stills.

Public screening:

  • Strange Creatures Film Afternoon, Bradford on Avon, 24 September 2016


The Making of Ona's Flood
2014 (HDV / MiniDV, 63 minutes)

On 12 July 2013, Harvey Brough's new composition Ona's Flood premiered in Bradford on Avon's iconic Tithe Barn, as a companion piece to a performance of Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde. Fellow local filmmaker Anna Thornhill and I captured this world premiere on two cameras, and I then assembled an edit from this footage. The recording of the performance forms the backbone of a feature length documentary by Anna. Her finished work includes interviews with many people involved in the making of Ona's Flood, most notably librettist Clara Sanabras who leads the audience step by step through the themes of the piece. Ona's Flood was commissioned by Bradford Barnstorm, a charity that aims to make the Tithe Barn an integral part of Bradford on Avon's local community by staging regular events there.

In September 2014, composer Harvey Brough uploaded a slightly shortened version of the film to vimeo.

Public screening:

  • Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon, 6 January 2014


Bristol Naked Bike Ride 2011
2011 (Super 8, 5 minutes)

On 19 June 2011, I tried to accompany the World Naked Bike Ride in Bristol as a naked running reporter. In the end, I became a mostly shorts-wearing, shortcut-taking fast walker, but I did manage to get a few highlights recorded on my Super 8 camera. The music is very different from what is normally played through a WNBR sound system. It's my own adaptation of a 19th century guitar piece by Matteo Carcassi.

Public screenings:

  • The Warden's Film Vault, Bradford on Avon, 26 June 2013
  • Pigpen Cinema: Bristol Cycle Festival, 6 June 2015
  • CineMe film night, Bristol, 2 July 2015
  • Homemade Film Festival, Bristol, 12-14 November 2015 (stripped of its soundtrack, shown as part of the Observastory installation)


Jacques, a robin: My Spectral Summer
2011 (35mm stills / Standard 8 / Super 8, 4 minutes)

Jacques, a robin's song My Spectral Summer from his debut album Statuettes deals with a young man's grief following the death of his twin brother. Jacques had a very clear vision of the music video that should go with it and asked me to help him turn his vision into reality. I took some stills photographs, a selection of which are on my photos page, and combined them with Standard 8 and Super 8 movie footage I had recorded in previous years.

The music video is available to watch on Vimeo and youtube.

Public screenings:

  • CineMe film night, Bristol, 20 July 2011
  • Screen Social, London, 26 October 2011
  • The Warden's Film Vault, Bradford on Avon, 26 June 2013


The Naked Animator
2010 (Super 8, 2½ minutes)

Filmic-lyrical self-portrait, produced for the Straight 8 UK 2010 competition.

Straight 8 was one of the most challenging ways of filmmaking: one cartridge of Super 8 film had to be exposed in sequence, there were no outtakes and no editing. A soundtrack needed to be created before being able to see the movie. Last not least, film cartridge and soundtrack were sent to the organisers who then had the film processed, put everything together, and if it worked out more or less alright, the movie would premiere in a cinema, which was the filmmaker's first chance to see the finished result. The Naked Animator premiered in London about six months after the pictures were shot, and as the film suffered a bit from a soundtrack not quite matching the pace of the pictures, I bent the rules for its online version by doing some minor adjustments to the sound.

I did a further re-enactment of making a Clockwork Mouse movie for a photo shoot on 13 November 2010: The Naked Animator pictured by Hannah Sampson

Public screenings:

  • Rushes Soho Shorts Festival (as part of Straight 8; original version), London, 27 July 2010
  • Raindance Film Festival (as part of Best of Straight 8 2010; original version), London, 4 October 2010
  • Cambridge Super 8 Film Festival (Version Bent 8), 1 May 2011
  • Cinecity Film Festival, Brighton (as part of Small Wonders; Version Bent 8), 19 November 2011
  • Wondrous Tales Film Afternoon, Bradford on Avon, 16 April 2016


The Freedom of the Wilderness
2010 (Super 8, 5½ minutes)

Short documentary about hiker, canoeist, travel writer, and naturist Brian Johnson. The first project that was made through the British Naturism Media/Filmmaking Group.

Public screenings:

  • Szeged Super 8 Film Festival, 7 September 2010
  • Cambridge Super 8 Film Festival, 28 and 30 April 2011
  • In the Woods Music Festival, Kent, 1 September 2012 (as part of Whirlygig Cinema Au Naturel)


I'm just popping over to the shop
2009 (Super 8, 1½ minutes)

Alan Ipstein (played by Marcus Gutjahr) sets off to his local shop. His seemingly simple errand is met with increasing obstacles. Will he ever make it? You can find out for yourself:

The film is available to watch on the Vimeo and on Youtube.

You can also have a look at some production stills and a full list of credits.

Public screenings:

  • Odder's Mini Cine Picture Show, Manchester, 16 August 2009
  • Szeged Super 8 Film Festival, 12 September 2009
  • The Warden's Film Vault, Bradford on Avon, 26 June 2013


The Clockwork Mouse Trilogy
Clockwork Mouse Strikes Back (2007, Super 8, 1 minute)
Clockwork Mouse Can't Get Enough (2008, Standard 8, 1½ minutes)
Clockwork Mouse meets Robot 7 (2008, Super 8, 1½ minutes)

Clockwork Mouse Strikes Back looks at animal experiments from a fresh perspective.

Clockwork Mouse Can't Get Enough is a tale of boundless greed, filmed on a clockwork motor driven Paillard-Bolex B8 camera from 1956.

Clockwork Mouse meets Robot 7 introduces a new character who is sent on a mission to restore clockwork and order. The film won an audience award at Szeged Super 8 Film Festival 2009. A 7-minute video recording of a Question & Answer session I gave during Cambridge Super 8 Film Festival is available to watch on Dailymotion, and you can also have a look at some production stills and a short behind the scenes documentary.

Public screenings:

Clockwork Mouse Strikes Back

  • Strawberry Super 8 Film Festival Preview Night, Cambridge, 8 April 2007
  • Strawberry Super 8 Film Festival, Cambridge, 2 June 2007
  • Super Anim-8 film night, Cambridge, 16 December 2007
  • Bristol Filmmakers Festival, 14 June 2008
  • The Warden's Film Vault, Bradford on Avon, 26 June 2013
  • Wondrous Tales Film Afternoon, Bradford on Avon, 16 April 2016

Clockwork Mouse Can't Get Enough

  • Strawberry Fair Film Festival, Cambridge, 7 June 2008
  • Bristol Filmmakers Festival, 14 June 2008
  • The Warden's Film Vault, Bradford on Avon, 26 June 2013
  • Wondrous Tales Film Afternoon, Bradford on Avon, 16 April 2016

Clockwork Mouse meets Robot 7

  • Cambridge Super 8 Film Festival, 30 April 2009
  • Squeaky Wheel Global Super 8 Day, Buffalo, 8 May 2009
  • Odder's Mini Cine Picture Show, Manchester, 21 June 2009
  • Szeged Super 8 Film Festival, 9 September 2009
    (Winner of the opening night's audience award)
  • Curta 8 Festival Internacional de Cinema Super 8 de Curitiba, 23 October 2009
  • Flicker Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 26 January 2010
  • Szeged Super 8 Film Festival, 7 September 2010 (as part of Best of 2009)
  • The Warden's Film Vault, Bradford on Avon, 26 June 2013
  • Wondrous Tales Film Afternoon, Bradford on Avon, 16 April 2016


Sea Level Wise
2007 (Super 8 / Digital 8, 3 minutes)

Silent film portraying the approaches of a scientist and a modern-day Druid towards dangerous climate change, this could also be called a tale of knowledge versus wisdom. The film stars Sandra Langley as the Druid and a cartoon professor illustrated by Ann Xiao. Original score by Andrea Caro.

Public screenings:

  • The Big Chill Festival, 5 August 2007
    (as part of the pedal-powered Magnificent Revolutionary Cycling Cinema)
  • Interdependence Day mini-film festival, London, 20 October 2007
  • Giggleshorts International Comedy Short Film Festival, Toronto, 1 December 2007
  • Our World Film Festival, Guildford, 27 March 2008
  • The Warden's Film Vault, Bradford on Avon, 26 June 2013

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This page was last updated on 18 April 2017