Let it rain: Bangkok, December 2015
CHANTAL AKERMAN, “A FILMMAKER WHO CHANGED WHAT CINEMA IS OR COULD BE OR OUGHT TO BE”
Devastating news that the great Chantal Akerman, who I had the absolute privilege of meeting last year, has died suddenly.
Click on the image for an excellent article by Joanna Hogg and Adam Roberts
SPEED SISTERS, the Palestinian film I did some additional camera on, has been acquired by Dogwoof and will get a UK cinema release in 2016
THEEB, the Arab Western made by Naji Abu Nowar and Rupert Lloyd, is in UK cinemas today. Don’t miss it
JOAN SCHECKEL DIRECTING LABS IN LA
I just did 6 days of directing labs with the great Joan Scheckel in Los Angeles. It was quite a far out experience and my little English sensibility struggled at times, but it was mind opening
SILVERWARE FOR GATORADE
Good news from Mexico, where “Break the Mould” took four prizes at the Creative Circle Awards. Silver for cinematography and production, and bronze for editing and production design
SPEED SISTERS WORLD PREMIERE
Speed Sisters is a feature doc I helped shoot in the West Bank, Palsetine. It’s about the first all female motor racing team in the Middle East. The film will have its world premiere at the Doha Youth Film Festival on 1st December.
VENICE FILM FESTIVAL
Just back from Venice film festival, where “THEEB” won Best Director in the Horizonte section. The film is written, directed, produced and edited by two of my oldest friends, Naji Abu Nowar and Rupert Lloyd. Congratulations!
SHOOTING IN MEXICO FOR GATORADE
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH BRIAN BLESSED
JOANNA HOGG’S “EXHIBITION” IN UK CINEMAS
For the last year Joanna Hogg has mentored me as part of the Guiding Lights scheme. Her new film is in the cinema on 25th April. It’s worth a look!
5* IN DAVID REVIEWS
SAMSUNG WINS 25th AWARD
The Samsung campaign for which I directed seven films has won some more awards. Congrats to the creative team at Cheil!
THE SHORT GAME PREMIERES ON NETFLIX
THE SHORT GAME IN US CINEMAS ON 20th SEPTEMBER
The Short Game, a feature documentary I had a small hand in by DP’ing the UK section, has been acquired by Phase 4 Films and Samuel Goldwyn Films, and is in US theatres 20th September.
GOLD IN CANNES FOR SAMSUNG “WE ARE DAVID BAILEY”
Good news from Cannes ad fest, where “We are David Bailey” picked up a Gold and two Bronze Lions
PUSSY PEOPLE IS VIMEO STAFF PICK
JOANNA HOGG IS MY MENTOR
Very happy to share that Joanna Hogg (Unrelated / Archipelago) has agreed to mentor me for the coming year, as part of the Guiding Lights scheme. I think she’s one of the most brilliant film directors in Britain and I’m hoping some of the magic rubs off!
COKE IN CAMPAIGN BRIEF
COKE AFRICA SHOOT WRAPPED
Just wrapped a 5 day shoot for Coke Africa.
THE SHORT GAME WINS SXSW AUDIENCE AWARD
EDITING IN NAIROBI
Just been editing in Kenya for the last 3 weeks, working on the Big Life film with a great young Brit editor now living in Kenya – Ash Jenkins, who cut Broomfield’s “Battle for Haditha”.
GUIDING LIGHTS 2013
Very pleased to share that I have been selected for the Guiding Lights mentorship scheme 2013. Guiding Lights is the UK’s leading mentorship program for feature filmmakers. I now have to choose a mentor and persuade them to mentor me!
IN THE BUSH
Have spent 4 weeks in the Kenyan bush making a film about the elephant poaching crisis for the amazing Big Life Foundation.
DP’ing A FILM FOR THE ROLLING STONES
Have been DP’ing a Rolling Stones doc for director John Hillcoat (The Road / Lawless). The 5’ film will play in stadiums on the ‘Stones 50th anniversary tour before the band comes on stage. It features a mixture of famous and less famous (though no less fanatical) fans. The other day we interviewed Elton John
SHOOTING IN THE WEST BANK
I’ve just returned from a week in the West Bank, DP’ing a feature doc about the Middle East’s first all female speed racing team. It was an amazing experience, and reminded me why I first wanted to make documentaries. Film will be out next year.
TV COMMERCIAL FOR SAMSUNG
I just shot my first television commercial for the UK market. It was for a Samsung camera and featured 140 real people who were actually called David Bailey (after the famous photographer).
DP’ing A FEATURE DOC ON KIDS WORLD GOLF TOUR
Just back from DP’ing a feature documentary following the best under 7 golfers in the world. We shot at a championship in Edinburgh for a week. There was some serious talent on show, and some even more serious parents, as you can imagine. Watch this space for the finished film!
FLYING CAR RELEASED ON PUBLIC
Just back from 6 weeks in China, shooting a film about the world’s first flying car – for VW through Stink Shanghai.
MOVIESCOPE ARTICLE ON AFGHAN CINEMA
AFGHANISTAN: LIGHTS, CAMERA, DEATH THREATS ON CHANNEL 4
The film I directed in Afghanistan: Lights Camera Death Threats is broadcast today on Channel 4. The Telegraph calls it: “Superb. Understated”
SHOOTING FOR VW IN CHINA
I’m in China shooting a film about a flying car for VW through Stink Shanghai. Things got a bit David Lynch after dark, as you can see.
AFGHANISTAN FOR CHANNEL 4
Just back from Afghanistan where I have been making a film about the brave local filmmakers who are Taliban targets. The Taliban believe that films whose purpose is entertainment, or those featuring women, are un-Islamic. Here is a Taliban spokesman with my reporter Jenny Kleeman.