March 2022. ‘Bardo: A Rogue and Peasant Slave’ has been selected for the Manchester Lift Off Festival. Tickets are available via the link below, where you can view all of the entered short films. Enjoy!
The trailer for my new short film ‘Bardo’ has been released, ahead of our cast and crew screening in London on the 9th of December. You can see it here https://vimeo.com/646053193
My short film Number 3 has been nominated for two awards at this year’s Midlands Movies Awards. Michelle Regis has been nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and the film has been nominated for Best Sound (editing or mixing). The awards will take place on the 4th of September in Leicester. See website for tickets and full details
To celebrate the Olympics and the anniversary of his historic Gold Medal win at London 2012 in the Keirin, Grand Union and Iconic Productions have released this excerpt of an interview I did with Sir Chris Hoy. It has been seen anywhere, until now…
We have just picture wrapped on my new short film ‘Bardo’, following a four day shoot in London and Oxfordshire. ‘Bardo’ is a really exciting project that began when actor Luke Dejahang contacted me through this website. Starring Luke, alongside Sarah Ridgeway (Black Mirror, Halo) and Wil Johnson (House of the Dragon, Waking the Dead), the film was written by Geoff Thompson (Bouncer, Brown Paper Bag). We’re about to enter the edit and more information about the film will be released soon. Watch this space!
My company Grand Union Productions is joining forces with Sam Lockyer’s Iconic Productions in making the documentary ‘The Fastest Bicycle in the World’. Sam and I first worked together on 2014’s ‘Bicycle’ and 2019 saw Iconic release ‘501 Not Out’ a feature documentary about legendary cricketer Brian Lara and the greatest ever score in cricket. 501 opened the Trinidad and Tobago film festival in 2020, there are further screenings in the pipeline and a digital release of the film is set for 2021. As far as ‘Fastest Bicycle’ is concerned, with much of the film now shot, we are preparing for release in summer 2022, whilst continuing to follow the team’s adventures in speed. If you would like to support the project, please do get in touch. You can see the trailer here
More information about 501 and Iconic Productions –
For the last six years I’ve had the pleasure of being a mentor for the BFI academy scheme, which aims to introduce 16 to 19 year olds to the film industry. One really exciting thing is that over that time span, I’ve been able to see some of my input bear fruit in the career paths of the scheme’s graduates. Pictured here (second from left, middle row) is Michael Fearon, who I mentored in 2015. We had a long chat about the departments that make up a film production and identified the sound department as one he could aim for. Following on from the 2015 scheme, Michael helped out with some of my shoots, we kept in touch and I wrote the occasional reference for him. Then all went quiet… until this popped up in his social media, a team photo of the 1917 sound crew. He’d only gone and got himself a job on one of the biggest movies of recent times and one packed with innovation in both picture and sound. Nice!
This year I will be doing more ‘one to ones’ for the academy over the October half term and also leading a workshop on directing actors, with Tim Parker who stars in Number 3 and Claire Lebowitz. The scheme takes place over half term, 26 – 30th of October.
More info on the academy –
I’m really pleased to announce that our feature documentary ‘Bicycle’ will be screened at this years EcoFair in Toronto. EcoFair is for all things green and beautiful ‘a celebration of the wonderful people, environmental groups and eco businesses that are helping create a greener and healthier planet for all’. The film will screen online from the 30th of October to 1st of November 2020. I’ll be taking part in the panel discussion on the 31st of October at 4pm. I think that will be 8pm for me in the UK. Anyways, that’s my Halloween sorted! I really like finding out what cycling is like in different parts of the world, especially cities, so loved that EcoFair sent me their recommended bike rides around the city
Find out more about Eco Fair
Suggested bike rides around Toronto
Booking for the screening –
I’m thrilled to announce that our short horror fantasy ‘Number Three’ will premiere at this year’s Birmingham Film Festival (13-20 November 2020 at Millennium Point) and has been nominated for best short film and best local film. Look out for further announcements via the films website number3film.co.uk.