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Directors Notes: Episodes

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.
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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 [...]
Crying with Laughter (2009)
Joey Frisk is a stand-up comic whose life has just stopped being funny. In the most important week of his career, with an American talent scout flying in to Edinburgh to check out his act, his life begins to unravel.
Already struggling with an addiction to cocaine, he’s ...
When you’re born into a filmmaking family the question isn’t if you’ll pick up the camera, but rather if you’ll manage to forge your own identity as a filmmaker when you do. With her debut feature, Kakera: A Piece of Our Life, Momoko Ando has been able to do just that, drawing ...
Kakera (2009)
A young woman named Haru looks for love elsewhere after she becomes dissatisfied with her boyfriend, who is only interested in a psychical relationship. Alone and depressed Haru encounters a young woman named Riko at a coffee shop, who gives her the emotional connection that she has longed for.
The term ‘midlife crisis’ conjures images of needless purchases of flash cars, dating people half your age and of course, synchronised swimming? Well perhaps not the last one, but that’s what director Dylan Williams and the Stockholm Arts Swim Gents turned to on the cusp of 40. Dylan ...
Men Who Swim (2010)
Men Who Swim is a humorous and poignant look at a group of middle aged men who have found unlikely success as members of Sweden’s all male synchronised swimming team.
Few people are as qualified to make a judgment call as to a film’s quality as a fellow filmmaker; so when Jeanie Finlay suggested I take a look at Emily Branham’s Doc Challenge winning documentary Legend: a film about Greg Garing, I knew my time would be well rewarded. I spoke to Emily about the [...]
Legend: a film about Greg Garing (2010)
In his early 20s, the extraordinary musician Greg Garing played with every country and bluegrass legend on the Nashville Opry scene. Now, at 43, his doctors have given him a year to live and he’s forced to come to terms with a secret he’s kept all his ...
Largely, the celebration of a piece of film focuses purely on narrative structure, which begs the question, if you have no clue what a film’s ‘about’ can you truthfully say you liked it? Christian Schlaeffer’s animation The Return of John Frum is proof positive that you can.
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The Return of John Frum (2010)
John Frum, Messiah of Polynesian Cargo Cults, returns as an astronaut and businessman to the postindustrial wasteland of the financial-service-economy. Together with a native, he sets out for a conquest of the useless. then things get confused, and what begins as a journey ...
There’s something both transfixing and strangely creepy about the disembodied hands that play out the tune in the new Clutchy Hopkins track Verbal Headlock. Amsterdam based illustrator, art & film director Christian Borstlap joins us to discuss the stop motion promo.
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Clutchy Hopkins: Verbal Headlock (2010)
Fancy finger work for Clutchy Hopkins’ Verbal Headlock promo.
All film projects experience difficulties to varying degrees, the test for filmmakers is what they do when they hit these challenges. With Bodies director Sam Norton set out to create a comedy feature and instead came back with a poignant, abstract, relationship short. He joins me to discuss shifting ...
Bodies (2010)
A film about physicality. A deconstruction of relationships based on this fundamental difference from friendships.
Director Renaud Hallee’s first venture into animation, Sonar, has been described as a perfect example of ‘how to listen to music with your eyes’. This week Renaud takes us through the process of getting to grips with animation by painstakingly hand synchronising notes to images.
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