Here are some documentary films I have made, with the most recent at the top. I hope you like them.
This is a film based on the book "Death of the Liberal Class" by journalist and Pulitzer prize winner Chris Hedges. It charts the rise of the Corporate State, and examines the future of obedience in a world of unfettered capitalism, globalisation, staggering inequality and environmental change.
The film predominantly focuses on US corporate capitalism, but it is my hope that the viewer can recognise the relevance of what is being expressed with regards to domestic political and corporate activity. It was made completely of clips found on the web.
Music by Clark
Warning - this film contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing.
Svalbard is an archipelago high within the Arctic Circle. The largest of its islands is called Spitsbergen, meaning “pointed mountains.” In 1920 a treaty known as the Svalbard Act was signed by several nations recognising Norwegian sovereignty over the islands, and declaring the whole region a demilitarized zone.
This is a short film about how Svalbard, over the course of recent history, became increasingly linked to developments in climate science, and climate change. Much of the footage was shot whilst on residency in the Arctic Circle in 2010.
It is brief for a subject so large, and lacks the detail of key facts and figures that would provide a much better understanding of the current consensus on climate. Then again, you may perhaps feel it has too many numbers already. It is my hope that regardless of what you make of the content, you will find it beautiful to watch.
Barter Books is one of the largest second hand and antiquarian bookshops in Britain. It is home to, among other things, a very special poster. This is a short film about the history of the "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster.
Though we will probably never know who the graphic artist was who was responsible for for its design, its is to his or her credit that long after the second world war, people everywhere recognise its simple and timeless design and still find reassurance in the very special 'attitude of mind' it conveys. For more information about Barter Books please visit barterbooks.co.uk
This short film is an attempt to illustrate how the political promise of a better future now involves very little more than reverting to old policies, only re-branding them for a modern audience.
It offers no solution, and lacks detail with regards to examples of copycat policy making, but hopefully approaches a very challenging question at the centre of politics; if we live in an imperfect world, then how can you ever make it a better world?
This short film is a brief explanation of how the planet's freshwater reserves have become depleted. Figures taken from the 2006 Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change.
This very short film is about immortality, and the quest to bring meaning to life and escape what makes us human. It is based on the work of the philosophers John Gray and Arthur Schopenhauer, and the poet Frederick Seidel.
"A metropolitan bicycle ride with a bit of style." Made for the Tweedrun
On Saturday the 9th of April, in the the year 2011, between the hours of ten and eleven in the morning, on a day that combined the warmth and unmistakable fresh charm of spring, numerous individuals in the city of London readied themselves to take part in a spectacle that would transgress the bounds of contemporary fashion and etiquette.
My grandma would be the last person to tell you about how she was good at something, so I decided to make this film to tell you how amazing she is, simply at living. It was filmed in her home, but I'm quite sure that she would not mind revealing it like this.
Landscape therapy is an intriguing form of complimentary medicine, in which patients are exposed to peaceful, relaxing landscapes – scenes that evoke calm and tranquillity, in the hope that it will help them recover. It is perhaps this practice that informed the actions of the British Government at the close of the Second World War.
This short film is about how we hang on to beauty so that it might divide us from our grief. It contains scenes that some viewers may find extremely distressing. End quote by Stendhal.
Barclays Bank is a company so large it has a global footprint, and an annual turnover greater than the GDP of many developing countries.
In March 2009, The Guardian newspaper prepared to publish a series of leaked documents detailing the activities of Barclay’s Structured Capital Markets (SCM) division. But at 2am, the night before going to press, the bank acquired an injunction preventing the publication. This is a short film based on a letter written by an ex-SCM employee about life on the top floor of Barclays Bank. Figures taken from opensecrets and whoslobbying
*Update - as of February 2013, Barclays has closed down it's SCM division.
This is a very short film about what it means to be human, and how we see ourselves in relation to other animals. It is based on the work of John Gray, in his book 'Straw Dogs'
This very short film is an attempt to explain how we are represented at large global organisations by people who we did not chose to do so. It is based on a lecture given by George Monbiot at an event called Is Global Democracy Possible?
This short film tells the story of a Raphael Lemkin, a Polish lawyer of Jewish descent. He is best known for his work against genocide, a word he coined in 1943 from the root words genos (Greek for family, tribe or race) and -cide (Latin for killing).
This film is a brief analysis of the various models of liberal democratic theory, and how the concept of democratic rule became embedded in the shifting ideas of social equality, and increasingly dependant on the mechanism of capitalism.
The film is somewhat lacking in detail, most evidently in dates and significant references for each model examined; but I purposefully wanted to restrict the films length – political philosophy is no easy chore – and some things just had to be edited out. Much of the footage is from an archive of US political events, but it is my hope that the viewer can recognise the relevance of what is being expressed with regards to domestic political activity, and particularly the upcoming general election ( 2010 ) here in the UK.
Those who want to get further into a subject like this, which is both analytical and historical, will find it infinitely more rewarding to go directly to some of the works of the leading original writers rather than relying on the incoherent babbling of this filmmaker, especially when the former is far shorter than the latter. For those interested enough, please start with The Life and Times of Liberal Democracy by C.B. Macpherson
This is a short film about London, and I guess about what it means to me. My bedroom window is quite high up and has this great view out over Russell Square, and I find it an endless delight to observe the people down below.
London has a kind of attractive shabbiness this time of year, and there seems a pleasing awkwardness in people’s movements when viewed from above.
The global antiwar-marches that preceded the invasion of Iraq in 2003 were the largest the world has ever seen. Similarly, the events that occurred in the build up to COP15 in December 2009 were the largest climate demonstrations ever held. It is then somewhat surprising that these protest had little or no effect on the decisions made by those in power.
This short film is not meant as an attack on those who protest, nor is it a total condemnation on the act of protesting; a technique that been successfully employed by some of the most humbling figures in history. Rather, it is an attempt to explain how the act of demonstrating has been significantly changed by those in government, and by those who helm activist groups.
The footage is from The Wave demonstration that took place in London on Saturday the 5th of December, 2009.
This is a short film about my job as a Projectionist. I am quite proud of this film, mostly because I’m so proud of my job – it seems like a fullfilment of my childhood romantic notions of what I wanted to be when I grew up.
Nonetheless what it most discernibly omits is how truly magnificent all the other staff are who work there too. It is dedicated to the other projectionists I know; some of whom are under threat of redundancy, and unquestionably to Sammy; for the lessons and facts about Projection.