Hard to believe it's been almost four months since my last blog post, during which time I've been busy being busy: finishing my first book, leaving behind the freelance world for full-time employment and planning new projects for 2015. On the book front, a few unexpected occurrences - including the announcement of a fifth film... Continue Reading →
Another bumper year of interviews at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
"Have a beer, mate?" It was in January that I first saw 1971's Wake in Fright at Edinburgh's Filmhouse cinema, a near-forgotten Australian drama that has now been rediscovered and rereleased. The film charts a weekend in the life of schoolteacher John Grant (Gary Bond), who visits the outback town of Bundanyabba and finds a... Continue Reading →
As the title says, it's been a busy fortnight for Scottish films, or rather the Scottish film industry. Of course, quite how much of an industry we have is worthy of debate, but for the purposes of this post I'm going to gloss over the intricacies. Last week saw the release in Scottish cinemas of... Continue Reading →
Short film from my visit to Coll and Tiree with Screen Machine.
It was just over a year ago that I wrote about a new iPad magazine I'd worked on for the Highlands of Scotland Film Commission. Earlier this year, I headed up to Skye to start work on issue two of the magazine, interviewing a number of local filmmakers and educators. I visited Sabhal Mòr Ostaig college... Continue Reading →
After 10 days of travel in the Côte d'Azur for my latest project, I'm now getting down to the task of organising a few thousand photos and hours of video into something that might make sense for a dedicated blog. The trip found me touring various towns and villages around the French Riviera as I tried to... Continue Reading →
It's a new year so it's time for a new project in a new country. Following my work in 2012 on Cinematic Scotland, a project which looks at various connections between the country and film, this week sees me take a slight diversion as I head to the French Riviera, better known locally as the... Continue Reading →
A visit to Eilean Donan with Screen Machine and interviews with Kelly Macdonald and Robbie Coltrane.
I've been busier than usual this month with the launch of a new film website, Cinematic Scotland, one that also includes elements of travel journalism.
Last week I went along to a screening of The Raid, the new Indonesian-set action film from Welsh director Gareth Evans.
I may not be heading to Cannes in person this year but some of my work will be premiering there as part of the Highlands of Scotland Film Commission's impressive new iPad app.