Living With Lions is the warts and all documentary account of the historic 1997 British and Irish Lions Tour of South Africa. This defined sports documentary making for a generation. For me, it combines my love of rugby, and little known to me at the time would be a big influence on my future as a documentary filmmaker.
Public service Broadcasting have a fantastic new album. Every Valley is a chronicle of the rise and destruction of the Welsh coalmining industry and features the voice of Richard Burton, James Dean Bradfield of Welsh band Manic Street Preachers as well as a Welsh language song performed by Lisa Jên Brown
Adam Curtis is one of my favorite documentary filmmakers and Adam Buxton hosts one of my favorite podcasts. So I was very excited to hear Buxton's latest episode featured Curtis himself in a fascinating listen. Curtis describes his work as journalism that happens to be expounded via the medium of film. What I especially love about Curtis style of filmmaking is the way he uses old discarded BBC news footage, the kind of footage you usually don't get to see, and plays it back to us in long, uncut edits that viewers are not used to seeing with today's short attention spans.
A new film has just gone live on the Goldmark Website. A short film documenting the 2017 exhibition of the Internationally renowned studio potter Phil Rogers. The event was kicked off by former member of pop group The Communards, BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live and The Big Painting Challenge presenter Richard Coles. Watch it below...
You can check out the other films I have been producing for Goldmark Gallery here
Just as happened in Nazi Germany, where Jehovah's Witnesses were encouraged to send telegrams to the Hitler government because of the persecution of JWs at that time (as featured in my award-winning documentary film "The Schoolgirl The Nazis and The Purple Triangles"), today, threatened with an imminent ban on their worship in Russia, Jehovah’s Witnesses are responding with a direct appeal to Kremlin and Supreme Court officials for relief through a global letter-writing campaign. The Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses is inviting the over 8,000,000 Witnesses worldwide to participate. More than 170,000 people in Russia are at risk of being criminally prosecuted for reading the Bible together or talking to others about their faith. “Prosecuting non-violent, law-abiding citizens as if they were terrorists is clearly a misapplication of anti-extremist laws. Such prosecution is based on completely false grounds.” states David A. Semonian, a spokesman at the Witnesses’ world headquarters.
An article on www.independent.co.uk states...
"In 2006, Russia changed its legal definition of “extremism”, removing the element of violence or hatred but stating the “incitement of….religious discord” as the criteria. This means Jehovah’s Witnesses have the same legal status as Isis." In 2010, the European Court of Human Rights found a ruling by a Russian court to ban the organisation "unlawful". See www.jw.org for the latest
This is like BBC's The Great Pottery Throw Down on acid. Another Goldmark Gallery film for you on Internationally renowned studio potter Phil Rogers...
I listen to a lot of podcasts and many of them are filmmaking related as you'd expect....
Six Nations chiefs recently ruled out the introduction of relegation and promotion format to the worlds oldest international rugby tournament.
For all the talk of growing the game by World Rugby, the 8 founder unions of England, France, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa seem to be afraid of losing control of the game and have continually held back the expansion into other countries , instead keeping the game as a cosy old boys club just for them.
In recent years, however, there have been moves by the founder Big 8 unions to move into the Amercian market.
Therefore, why don't the 6 Nations look to tap into the American market by adding USA & Canada to the tournament and make it 8 nations split into 2 pools of 4 with end of season grand final and relegation playoff with Rugby Europe (6 nations B). TV and sponsors would love it and this would open up the game to continental Europe and North America overnight. Sadly it won't happen as the game is run by officials with self-interest, who are afraid of change and losing control.
Final Cut Pro X plugin maker osmFCPX has produced a helpful tutorial that shows you How to use Adjustment Layers in FCPX without screwing up your Background
Goldmark had a recent visit from accalaimed award-winning writer and poet Ben Okri OBE who spent the day discussing art with gallery owner Mike Goldmark. The film, follows the pair around the gallery as they talk about a first edition of Goya's Disasters of War, Picasso, and the allure of buying art.
Film two takes a look at some of the 20th century's great artists' and the posters they designed for their own exhibitions. From Picasso to Chagall, Matisse to Miró, many of the biggest names of the last 100 years designed their own exhibition posters in collaboration with renowned Parisian ateliers. Watch below.
I thought it was maybe time to trial a new blog / news section on the website. This will probably be updated very infrequently. I'll try and give some updates on some of my latest films as well as post some links and thoughts on things that grab my interest and may be of interest to the two people who occasionally look at this website (hi mum and dad) and my wife.