(All illustrations by Arthur Rackham) When I was a child I was fascinated by fairy tales. I had a few lovely volumes, and the work of the brothers Grimm was one of my favourites, though the library my mother worked at had a huge volume called The Blue Fairy Book, which had even more. There… Continue reading Too Dark for Disney: The Dark Stories Behind Some of your Favourite Fairy Tales
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We… Continue reading Our deepest fea…
I was moved this week to come across one of history’s forgotten: Camille Claudel. Currently showing in cinemas here in the UK, “Camille Claudel 1915” is a snapshot of her life in that year, directed by Bruno Dumont and starring Juliette Binoche as the titular heroine. I had never heard of her before I… Continue reading The Tragic Life of Camille Claudel, Artist.
“The Enemy Within” is a great short film that I worked on as a First Assistant Director, so here you can see the trailer. Written and directed by the delightful and talented Chris Roberts, and shot by Sashi Kissoon, much Haribo was consumed in the making of this film. Really excited about this movie… Continue reading “The Enemy Within”: Short Film Trailer
We rattle through the desert, not saying much, heading way out into the middle of nowhere, which in this fledgling country, is most places. We pass camels on the dusty landscape, and Bedouin eking out their existence in what have become permanent homes, made of corrugated iron and copious amounts of children and washing. Soon,… Continue reading The Man with the Music Boxes.
I thought I'd procrastinate by writing a nice blog post. I've been commissioned by a friend to write some dialogue for his girlfriend, an actress who is making a move to bigger roles from work as an extra. (I might end up directing it, too. We'll see how it goes)They're looking to make a show… Continue reading News: Procrastination and Show Reels.
The King in Yellow, Robert W ChambersGenre: Short stories/ FantasyLogline: Dark tales of the weird and supernatural, often centering around a play which, when read, drives people mad, published in 1895.Robert Chambers is sighted as the oft overlooked predecessor and inspiration behind HP Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe. He published this delicious little book, but found… Continue reading Review of Books: May
Film Doctor - Bafta Interview with Rob Hardy
I have a tiny fossilised sea shell from way down in the crust of the world. It came from the northern reaches of Canada, and it’s (probably) millions of years old. I met a man who worked on oil rigs, drilling into the earth, and he gave it to me, as well as a book… Continue reading Technology & Being a Luddite.
I'm having one of those weeks where I want to do the things I enjoyed when I was young. I guess it's what people talk about when they talk about their inner child. Mine has never been that repressed, but it's still nice to enjoy a little nostaliga now and then. It's like having a… Continue reading Nostalgia