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Penguins aside, it’s rare to see a documentary that solely focuses on the experiences of non-human protagonists. In her feature Horses, Liz Mermin spent a year documenting the lives of three Irish racehorses, with the potential to be stars of the National Hunt racing circuit. Liz joins us to discuss ...
Horses (2009)
A beautifully detailed and exciting documentary film following a year in the lives of three Irish racehorses, keeping as close to the horses as possible.
If writing what you know is good, then it’s logical to presume writing something everyone knows and has experienced is an even better strategy for a filmmaker to employ. Director Ben Briand picked the universal theme of first love, for his ‘chance encounter’ short Apricot, and joins ...
Apricot (2009)
Do you remember your first love? … Do you remember your first kiss? … Do you remember? …
Any film that features the tag line Spandex is the Shit! is destine for a spot on DN, particularly if it features an actor commonly know for his handlebar mustache and unicycling. Directing team Craig Webster and Florina Titz join me to discuss Wowie pt1 and their web series DaiDaiiRo.
We have a similar ...
Wowie (2010)
Wowie, a delusional postman, spies on his love interest, Carina, while she does an aerobics routine. Later at a party he delivers an awkward performance involving spandex and hip-thrusts to impress her.
Using particle animation and lighting effects Chris Lavelle has created a living, organic piece of 3D art in his experimental short ASCENSION. Chris joins us to discuss the evolution of the piece.
I don’t believe in copying, I don’t believe in plagiarism, but what I do believe in is making ...
ASCENSION (2010)
An experimental piece based around particle system generated by music and sound, pieced together to create a narrative of a cycle of life.
The comment “It was like watching a full length feature film on fast forward and only pausing at the good bits,” goes a long way to explaining the experience of setting into Neo-Mega-Ultra Tokyo to watch Frank DanCoolo: Paranormal Drug Dealer. The film’s director Andrew W. Jones joins ...
Frank DanCoolo: Paranormal Drug Dealer (2010)
In the annoyingly sparkly future-scape of Neo-Mega-Ultra Tokyo, reporter Holly Malone tracks a murderous urban legend. She discovers that a chain of drug related killings leads down a super natural trail. A trail that ends with no average pill pusher, but ...
Described as “A very British Ghostbusters”, Nick Whitfield’s debut feature Skeletons has been gathering mounting praise from critics and audiences alike and also picked up the Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature at this year’s Edinburgh film festival. I’m pleased ...
Skeletons (2010)
Davis and Bennett are a mismatched pair of traveling salesmen in the business of cleaning out skeletons from closets. Together they travel across Britain, wandering in and out of their clients’ lives, performing “the procedure” whereby hidden secrets and lies are exposed.
Assigned ...
The Sisyphean structure of Will Lamborn’s trapped in the desert short Out of Nowhere had me instantly hooked. Will joins me to discuss the tricky nature of directing actors through ever repeating iterations of a scene.
One of the things about film that’s so interesting to me is that it can ...
Out of Nowhere (2010)
On the run from a would-be killer, Peter -on foot and all alone in the desert- tries to find his way to civilization. As Peter tries to escape from the wilderness, he finds himself further and further away from where he wants to go.
A great tagline can do wonders for piquing interest in a film whilst setting you up for what’s to come. One cash register, two robbers, and $3.50, certainly does the job for the short Leader of the Pack. Its director Jason Michael Roberts joins me to discuss delivering on that killer line.
I think ...
Leader of the Pack (2009)
One cash register, two robbers, and $3.50.
Knowing who you can count on in life and when to admit someone new to that finite list is always tricky decision, doubly so for the autistic lead in Rob Brown’s Silent Things. Rob joins us to discuss the levels of preparation and research required to accurately portray how small decisions can have ...
Knowing who you can count on in life and when to admit someone new to that finite list is always tricky decision, doubly so for the autistic lead in Rob Brown’s Silent Things. Rob joins us to discuss the levels of preparation and research required to accurately portray how small decisions can have ...
Silent Things (2009)
The friendship between an autistic man and woman becomes threatened when an impulsive teenage girl comes between them.
One of the areas feature films often fail in, is the portrayal of the stand up comedians and the comedy club environment, so I was pleased to see that director Justin Molotnikov, not only nails that, but also delivers a gripping thriller in his debut feature Crying with Laughter.
For me as a director, one of [...]
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