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Directors Notes: Episodes

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.
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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 [...]
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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