I was recently contacted by Marc Powell who wanted to see this film I directed for Channel 4 in 1997. Marc is an engineer and credits ‘The Flying Scrapman’ with his choice of career. He says ‘I was only a teenager when I watched it but I remember thinking, I really wanted to be like Shaun’. Thank you for the prompt Marc, it certainly would be great to see it again, here you go
Road CC has named my film ‘Bicycle’ as one of the best ever made on cycling, lining up alongside the likes of ‘Bicycle Thieves’ ‘American Flyers’ and ‘Kid with a Bike’. What an honour! You can see the full list here https://road.cc/content/feature/18-best-cycling-films-streaming-and-dvd-267122#mozTocId415981
Since lockdown I’ve been offering film education on line via Zoom. Every Tuesday evening I’m hosting a lively film chat. We’ve even had our own virtual film awards! Right now we’re looking at Japanese cinema and soon we’ll be discussing the eagerly anticipated new documentary from Mark Cousins and Tilda Swinton ‘Women Make Film’. If you’d like me to host a film discussion group, get in touch.
Principle photography has completed on the short film Number 3.
Producer Mark Ellis has built a shiny new website for the project, you can find out more about the film here: number3film.co.uk
Still images (from camera) provided by cinematographer Tom Martin (tommartindop.com).
And here are some photos of us behind the scenes…
My new feature length documentary, currently in production, is The Fastest Bicycle in the World and is the latest in a trilogy of cycling films, the others being Bicycle and Mountain Biking the Untold British Story.
We are now looking for corporate and individual sponsors for the project, if you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the project, please do get in touch.