Busy times!

The last few months have been pretty manic for me. My friend Dan helpfully pointed out to me around New Year that I hadn’t posted a blog for ages, and ever since then, his voice in my head has been reminding me to sort it out!

Back in November I started a pretty insane run of working on films. First up, I was 2nd AD on Dwarf on a Pig, a Hobbit parody music video directed by Chris Winchester. It was a great day of shooting at Pukerua Bay, and even an unexpected 60th birthday party didn’t get in our way. You can watch it here (it is more than a little bit silly).

behind-the-scenesSoon after, I met the lovely and supremely talented Nathalie Boltt, and worked as 2nd AC on her short film Vajazzle. It was a fun shoot and the end result is equally fun – you can watch it online here!

Photo: Lynda Lester (I’m hiding at the top of frame there!)


Shortly after Vajazzle, I worked as stills photographer IMG_5596smlon Sina Leasuasu’s Oneshot Collective film, You Can’t Be My Girl. This was another fun shoot for me – especially as some of the characters in her film also feature in my Oneshot film, Bastard. Sina’s lead actor, Adam Brown, played Paul in my short My Secret Valentine, so it was fun to catch up with him too.

Once we wrapped on You Can’t Be My Girl, it was full steam ahead with pre-production for my own short film, About Troy. We shot over three days in a variety of locations: day one we were in 47Miramar and Lyall Bay, day two was in Avalon Studios, and day three in the Wellington CBD. It was a challenging shoot – especially with the number of locations, and a large, heavy vending machine to wrangle – but we had an incredible cast and crew, so we managed to have a good time doing it.

Photo: Ivor Earp-Jones

You can read more about the shoot on our kickstarter page – and check out some other updates too. We recently recorded the voiceover for the film at Radio New Zealand, and our editor is putting together the second cut at the moment. As a director, I really enjoy the post-production process. It’s very rewarding to see the hard work of the different departments coming together into a coherent whole.

In January I worked on another couple of 10351589_1530894937186365_3052320090662761089_nOneshot Collective films. First up, I was 2nd AC and script supervisor on The Tramp, directed by Constance Gervasi. We shot for three days, including a night spent in a private hut in the Orongorongo Valley. It was one of the hottest weekends of the summer, but we had a really awesome shoot (the woodfired hot tub and amazing food helped!)

IMG_6746 (Copy)Later in January, I was stills photographer and data wrangler on Chaz Harris’ Oneshot film Awake. Awake is a creepy little horror flick with a talented young cast and some clever props. Chaz secured a great location complete with spooky staircase.

Last month I was back into the director’s chair for Bastard, my Oneshot film. Pre-production brought the usual unpredictability and last-minute challenges, but we got through it! I really enjoyed working with a larger cast, and choreographing a fight scene was a first for me (and a lot of fun).

Our location for the shoot was the old section of 12smlpicturesque Taita Lawn Cemetery in Lower Hutt. We spent two days there, and definitely experienced four seasons in those days! From sunburn to a sudden southerly storm, we saw it all. We had a tight, ambitious schedule but we also had a small and dedicated team who made sure we got what we needed. And had a blast 🙂

Photo: Ivor Earp-Jones

At the moment, we’re getting through our first cut of Bastard before it gets put together with the other Oneshot films in the coming months.

A couple of weeks back, I ended the crazy run of shoots with Status Update, Ben Zolno’s improvised comedy-drama feature. As co-producer, I’d been involved in developing the script with Ben, along with our producer Kelly Kilgour. We had a very small crew for the six-day shoot so I also took on 1st AD and 2nd AC duties. It was a pretty intense week, but our hard work yielded some great-looking footage and I’m looking forward to seeing it come together in the edit.

Other than that, I’m fairly busy with corporate work at the moment. I’m putting together a series of explanatory videos for the Insurance & Savings Ombudsman Scheme; I spent half a day shooting with the Ombudsman, and have so far edited two of the four videos. I’m also doing some work for the Holocaust Centre, re-editing old footage of interviews with Holocaust survivors who lived in New Zealand, to be used as educational resources. The stories are truly incredible. Finally I’m working towards a corporate shoot with Helena at Holistic Vitality. We’ve been making plans and are hoping to shoot in the middle of next month.

That’s it for now – I tried to be brief, so apologies if I forgot I worked with you on something!

Funding Troy! And a list of films.

Preparation for About Troy has really picked up speed! Our crew is growing by the day, and we are working on locking down locations and dates. I’ve been busy working on storyboards and shot lists. It’s exciting to see everything come together and start to take on a life of its own.

We’ve just passed the halfway mark in our crowdfunding campaign to get About Troy made. It’s both exciting and nerve-wracking. We’ve been so overwhelmed with the support we’ve had so far, but are also anxious to reach our target. We’re all really passionate about this project and need all the help we can get in order to get it off the ground.

Here’s a little clip we’ve put together of storyboards for the opening scene, cut together with voiceover we recorded with Jack at our poster photoshoot. This is hot off the press! Thanks to our behind-the-scenes videographer, George, who edited this clip.

If you’re intrigued, please visit our kickstarter page and give what you can! Pledges start at $1. If you’re not able to pledge, please like our facebook page or follow me on twitter to keep up with the latest, or share the kickstarter link with your friends and family 🙂

And if you need one more clip to get you excited, here’s a teaser we filmed of Jack in action as Troy:

Enough about Troy!

Recently, I was challenged on facebook (by friend and fellow film nut Chaz Harris) to list ten films that have shaped and influenced my storytelling and filmmaking style. I didn’t do it on facebook – I figure there are loads of friends of mine who don’t really care and would rather hear about the nice lunch I had at the pub yesterday – BUT I thought, if you’re coming here to my blog, then you do care about filmy stuff.

Normally I only blog about things I’m doing, not what I think. So this feels a little self-indulgent. But you can always stop reading!

I don’t really feel like I’m that heavily influenced by other writers and directors, not yet anyway – mostly I’m just trying to get the job done and keep my head above water, without trying to emulate any particular style. So these are largely aspirational influences… and in no particular order:

1. Pulp Fiction: I love the ride, I love the riddle, I love the relentless dialogue which is funny, clever, and reveals character at every turn. I really enjoy watching Tarantino take risks or use techniques which could seem at odds with the rest of the film (eg. the “don’t be a square” moment). And the music! Perfect music choices can elevate a film beyond great to brilliant. Scorsese and Guy Ritchie also kick arse with soundtrack choices (in my opinion).

2. Lord of the Rings – Fellowship of the Ring: I make no secret of the fact that I’ve watched this trilogy more times than I can count. Watching these films – and the behind-the-scenes features – is what made me want to be a filmmaker in the first place. Originally Return of the King was my favourite of the three, but recently I’ve come back to Fellowship. There’s something raw about it, the relationships are authentic, and the stakes are high during the action sequences. There are so many iconic moments in this film which I can replay in my head at will – “get off the road”, Weathertop, the first meeting with Aragorn in the Prancing Pony…

3. Burn After Reading: a controversial choice, perhaps. I have thoroughly enjoyed every Coen Brothers film I’ve seen, but this one is my favourite. The characters are undeniably silly, but very relatable and not just stooges. The story is ridiculous but beautifully crafted. Watching the film descend into chaos at the hands of two of my favourite puppetmasters is sheer joy. If I can someday write a caper of this calibre I’ll be a happy woman.

4. Sin City: this is an example of a film I love, with reservations. Its treatment of women isn’t great. BUT, stylistically, for me this film is incredible. Watching Sin City feels like reading a graphic novel on steroids. It’s a great ride. The performances are heightened without being camp. The use of colour to somehow simultaneously draw attention to, and soften the visceral violence is sublime.

5. The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups): I think this was the first Truffaut film I saw, and certainly one of the first French New Wave films I saw. It’s beautiful, simple and heartbreaking. Antoine is a great example of a good, sympathetic protagonist who isn’t exactly a hero.

6. The Third Man: this film made me fall in love with contrasting light. The moment when Harry Lime appears out of the shadows… so great. It’s also a lot of fun (despite the bleak setting) and has a brilliantly clever script.

7. Volver: I completely adore Pedro Almodovar and find it difficult to choose one of his films… but I think Volver embodies everything I love about his filmmaking. The female relationships, bright gaudy colour schemes, machine-gun-fast dialogue; Almodovar presents campy, farcical, heightened situations in which characters have to deal with intense themes of death, family, and the meaning of life. The ultimate in facing serious issues with a light hand.

8. The Godfather: hard to choose between I and II. But I choose I. Watching Michael’s character arc is a writing lesson which keeps on giving. The score is perfect, the performances are surprisingly restrained, and the crosscutting scene at the end is an amazing gut punch, every single time. Coppola is so clever it makes me mad. Epic in every way.

9. American Beauty: I love how dark and dry the humour is in this film. Characters and concepts are introduced in a minimalist, visual way. Kevin Spacey – one of my favourite actors – perfectly embodies the meaninglessness of an unexamined suburban existence, and the audience is invited to live out their escapist fantasies through Lester. I could write about this film for days…

10. The Departed: another controversial choice. I’m not saying it’s my favourite Scorsese film, necessarily… but I do think it’s amazing. The soundtrack is perfect, the characters are all so incredibly flawed. It sets up this dichotomy which it immediately tells you is false – but you still spend the entire film comparing these two characters. It plays with concepts of right and wrong on so many levels. And, it has the Dropkick Murphys. Well played, Marty.

Now I’m going to wake up in the middle of the night with a list of about 100 films I should have in here other than these ones.

I just started to write a list of ‘honourable mentions’ and it went on for too long so I deleted it. I will have to live with my choices!

2014 Update

I can hardly believe it’s August already – each year flies by more quickly than the last. It’s certainly been a busy one for me.

Back in April, producer Corey Le Vaillant and I put together a team for the annual 48HOURS filmmaking madness [for the uninitiated: this is exactly what it sounds like. 48 hours to write, shoot, cut and deliver a short film].

We had an amazing weekend, with very few hitches and a surprising lack of grumpiness on all of our parts (probably due to our fantastic unit keeping us plied with coffee, V and food). Fun fact: our shopping list on Saturday morning included:

  • a goldfish (later to become affectionately known as Mr Squiffypants, and currently still alive and living with our gaffer, Lydia);
  • a chocolate cake;
  • a bouncy ball; and
  • a book of crossword puzzles.

vlcsnap-2014-08-12-22h40m31s228We handed our film in on time (14 minutes to spare, I think) and felt great about what we’d produced. When it came time to screen the film, we were placed in a very strong heat (which we thought was awesome and terrifying, in equal measure).

We were absolutely chuffed to be nominated for two Wellington awards – Best Male Actor (for Jack Sergent-Shadbolt) and Best Female Director. Jack won his category, and we were stoked that his amazing work was recognised. Jack and I were also both nominated for national awards in the same categories.

Without any further blah blah, here is team Moxy Films’ entry into 48HOURS 2014, Deathday Wishes. Please remember that this was made within 48 hours and we have not tinkered with it in any way, shape or form since the end of that weekend!

Since 48 HOURS, I’ve kept myself busy with a number of other projects. About Troy will be beginning crowdfunding in a couple of week, which we’re really excited about. We’re looking to shoot in November, and things are starting to take on a life of their own. Watch this space for news very soon!

Other than Troy, I’m developing three other short film projects with three different producers. These are all at a very early stage, but they are films I can’t wait to see made.

I’ve been doing some freelance videography for cloud video production service 90 Seconds, which sometimes involves directing, sometimes shooting, and sometimes editing – or a combination of the three. Here is a video I made recently through 90 Seconds for Wynyard Group:

I’m interested in getting into wedding films, and shot my first wedding film in June. It was a really great day and I was happy to be able to be there and help record this fantastic event. I have the film available to show anyone who’s interested in having a videographer capture their big day.

Recently I finished the first draft of my second feature screenplay, The True Path. It’s been a lot of fun and a much less stressful proposition than my MA script, despite the fact that it’s a lot darker and less comedic than that script! Also on the writing front, I’ve just started developing a concept for a science fantasy TV series. Creating a world is a little daunting, but also awesome.

I’m also working on a long-term documentary vlcsnap-2014-08-12-22h46m08s11project about a rally team; Stewart Motorsport. The shooting for this has started and will continue into 2015, as I follow the team through a season of rallies. Currently they are building a new car, so it’s been fun to watch that process unfold.

I’m very excited to be a part of the Sandpit Collective, a group of 12 filmmakers who are going to make a portmanteau film in the coming months. At the moment I’m developing a script with writer Emma Kinane. It’s a simple story which walks the line between humour and darkness – an area which always intrigues me.

I also became an auntie in June, which is pretty brilliant. I’m not sure how long I have to wait before I can cast my nephew in a film.

Those are all my updates for now! Hope you like my new-look website 🙂

Tropfest and other stuffs.

2014 has roared into life. I was really stoked that my first NZ-based short, My Secret Valentine, made it into the finals of Tropfest NZ. It was a great excuse to finally visit Taranaki, and producer Beanie and I were kept busy with the Roughcut Symposium and other networking events.IMAG0760

It was a nerve-wracking but fun experience to see our wee film on a big screen in front of an audience of thousands! Here it is. Please watch in full HD!

Back in Wellington, I’m halfway through the first draft of my second feature screenplay, an as-yet-untitled non-linear story set in the small town of Foxton. I’m really excited to be involved in a couple of writers’ groups this year, one through the Emerging Artists Trust, and the other a writers and actors group called Screenplayers’ Sandpit. It’s really nice to get feedback from other writers and both groups also provide me with deadlines, which force me to get things done!

I’m storyboarding and making plans for About Troy, a dark mockumentary short planned for shooting later this year. We’re going to start a crowdfunding campaign in the near future. I’m very excited to see this one finally come together.

I also have a few documentary projects bubbling away, just wrote a first draft of a new short, and I’m putting together a team for 48HOURS.

I’m still doing my photo-a-day project, although I must admit to missing the odd day…

The other thing keeping me busy is organising (with a friend and fellow short film junkie) a live music and short film night here in Wellington. It’s called Fuse Wellington, and follows the format of a night held in Belfast and Derry, Northern Ireland, by good friends of mine. It should be a really fun event.

That’s all for now! 🙂


MA done, now to take over the world…

Certainly didn’t intend to go blogless for the entire academic year. Here goes.

First things first – here’s a film. One Night  – which I’ve rabbited on about in a previous post – is now available publicly online, so if you haven’t seen it yet, take a look!


You can also see a behind-the-scenes film about our training course, and about what went on on-set, including an interview with me where I’ve had very little sleep.


Back to 2013. It’s hard to know where to start – it’s been a busy year. The picture at the top is from the Tongariro Northern Circuit, which I hiked at Easter with my sister and brother-in-law. Anyone who’s ever slept in a room full of snoring hikers will understand why I was up at dawn to take this photo.

Anyway. Masters was incredibly intense but I had a great time, and made some awesome new friends. Our main focus was our major project (being a feature film, television or play script) but we had many other diversions along the way.

As part of the PIPI project, we developed game concepts, following which we worked with illustration and animation students at Massey, to create pitch bibles and teaser trailers. Writing a game was a whole new mindset for me and a lot of fun.

We also had the opportunity to write a five-minute short, which we produced in collaboration with students from the Film School and Toi Whakaari. Alongside that, I had a lot of fun writing a ten-minute play, which was shown to the public at the Writers on Mondays series. As a comedy writer there’s something so immediate and rewarding about making a theatre audience laugh.

As well as these side projects, we delivered three drafts of a feature-length script. My film was called Red Zone, a dark comedy about three young women disposing of a body in post-earthquake Christchurch. This was incredibly hard work – not only learning the intricacies of the craft of screenwriting, but digging deep and baring your soul to make the work meaningful, while still keeping a playful, comic tone. A balancing act which you never feel like you quite master!

I felt blessed to be surrounded by so many talented writers to help me out along the way – my wonderful, generous classmates, as well as my lecturer, Ken Duncum, and supervisor, Brita McVeigh. I learned a lot from all of them and I’m truly grateful! Thank you all. The picture here is from one of two writers’ retreats some classmates organised at Foxton Beach.

Outside of Masters, I found plenty of other things to keep me busy. I couldn’t resist throwing myself into 48 Hours. I ended up joining team Guerilla Gorilla up in Auckland, as DOP and editor. This meant I was almost braindead by the end of the weekend, but I had an awesome kit with lovely Zeiss prime lenses to play with (swoon) and a very laid-back, fun group of people to work with. I’m helping the director, Steven, with some script editing – both for his upcoming short Zombie Apocalypse: A Love Story, and his feature-length zombie flick, Dead in the Water. Here’s Second Helpings, our 48Hours entry:

I had a few editing jobs to keep me busy as well. I cut the opening scene for the upcoming sci-fi feature This Giant Papier Mache Boulder is Actually Really Heavy, as well as some corporate video editing, and some work cutting for a new children’s television channel.

In June of this year, I worked on the set of Loner, a darkly funny short about a guy who just wants a gun licence. It was a lot of fun and I met some fantastic people. I was data wrangler, video assist and stills photographer so I was very busy. We shot on location in the Wairarapa, lending the production a school camp vibe which was pretty great.

I am in pre-production for About Troy, a dark mockumentary about a vending machine filler, and wrote a couple of other short films last year which I hope to get off the ground by the end of the year. I’m also about to dive into my second feature script – it’s in the mulling-around-in-my-head stage at the moment.

On the documentary side of things, I have two short documentaries in development, which I’m hoping to make in the South Island this year (on a shoestring). I also have a longer form documentary set in the world of car rallying, which is beginning to take shape.
IMG_7846smallJust before Christmas I wrote and directed a short called My Secret Valentine, a simple little film about love and friendship. This was a self-funded film with a small crew, and an even smaller budget. We shot in my flat in one day, and everything went more or less to plan. We were particularly chuffed with the camera-inside-the-microwave shot, which set a fun tone for the look of the film. It was so great to be in the (metaphorical) director’s chair again, and to work with such a collaborative, chilled out cast and crew. Thank you all so much for your hard work and fun energy!

You can see behind-the-scenes photos by the talented James Ogle on his website.

After two weeks of relaxing and hitting the beaches in the Coromandel, I’m back in Wellington and ready to take on 2014. The first thing I’ve started is a photo-a-day project, over on Flickr.
It’s not an original idea, but it’s a fun and challenging one. Take a look at my progress here.

I think that’s me up to date. I’ll try to blog more regularly this year!

Oh, and backtracking a little – here are the other two films from Tourist Walk Derry, which have been released since I last blogged. The boys now have another set of beautiful videos filmed on a walk in Ghent, and are in post-production for their recent Dublin walk. Keep an eye on their facebook page for news.

This is Sheepstealers, which I edited shortly before leaving Northern Ireland. We filmed at a beautiful little church overlooking the Bogside. The light was just gorgeous outside – it started snowing shortly after. Make sure you hit the little cog and crank these videos to full HD!

And this is their cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way, filmed in a cosy secondhand bookshop. This was edited by our DOP, Pete Graham.

to wellington and beyond…

Here I am in sunny Wellington, New Zealand. I’ve moved here to take up a place at Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters, doing an MA in Scriptwriting. One week in, and it’s a lot of work, but a lot of fun.

So… towards the end of last year I started a placement at 360 Production in Derry, and became offline editor for their new YouTube channel, HeadSqueeze, a science and technology channel featuring James May. It was a big challenge but I really enjoyed it (and now don’t hate Final Cut Pro quite as much as I used to). Here is one of my favourite videos from the channel’s Live Experiments strand:

Jon Chase was really funny, and there was some great stuff that I was sad to relegate to the cutting room floor.

Also towards the end of the year, Tourist Walk released the second and third videos from the Belfast walk. It was great to see this stuff come together. The boys edited these videos themselves (due to me being stupid busy with all the other projects!) and I graded them. The second shot of “We Found Love” from the New Lodge (with Oisín walking towards us) is my favourite bit of the Belfast shoot. Turn the cog to full HD for these videos!

Staying with the Tourist Walk theme, we shot Tourist Walk Derry just after Christmas. It was really cold, and we even got a bit of snow on our last night! But it was great fun, we were well fed, and we shot some really cool stuff. The crew expanded a bit since the Belfast shoot, so we had four cameras – me (also directing), DOP Pete Graham, and camera assistant Austen Irwin, who ended up manning two cameras most of the time (so not really an assistant at all!) Plus Colm Herron on sound, and a massive behind-the-scenes crew.

The first of these films to be released is Other Side of Town, an original which we filmed on the Peace Bridge (see what they did there). I edited this one early this year.

Two more to come shortly!

What else? Oh at the start of the year, I (with the help of the amazing drummer/assistant extraordinaire Ross Haymes) made another music video for the fabulous Hurdles. Paper Soldiers involved greenscreen and stopmotion (my idea, because I’m sucker for punishment I suppose?) as well as archive footage and stuff I shot at various gigs. It was a lot of fun to put together.

The boys are hoping to record their first EP soon, and in the meantime they continue to take the Belfast gig circuit by storm. They’ve also recently played Dublin and Derry, so watch this space while they take over the world. I’ve done some gig photography for them too, which I’ll make available on here just as soon as I have a spare minute. In the meantime you can spot some of the pics over on Facebook.

So right now I’m concentrating on getting back into the swing of studying, loads of writing to do of course. Also looking to get involved in the industry over here, so on the lookout for shooting or editing jobs – music videos or short films most likely. Contact me if you know of anything!

Oh and One Night got into the Belfast Film Festival. The producers are busy with loads of other festival entries, so will keep you posted!

We had a public screening a couple of weeks back at the Menagerie in Belfast, which was a lot of fun. We also screened Bliss, which went really well (although I think the sound man was a bit perplexed by my weird sound design).

Right, I am going to go soak up some Vitamin D, before I’m hit by another winter.

four months you say? Sorry…

It’s been forever since I last entered the blogosphere, so I’ll try to be brief… ish…

In June, a little before my previous post, I spent an evening with the boys from Seven Summits and actor Jordan Dunbar filming for their music video The Worrier. It was a hot summer’s night (yes, we had one of those!) in Downpatrick, and I shot the scenes… well, the scenes which involve sweaty men. You’ll see. I don’t want to give away what happens in the video. It’s recently been released, so here it is:

In July, after finishing up my placement in BBC post-production and finishing my Tourist Board/Cinemagic films, I took a week off to explore the countryside a bit with my sister and new brother-in-law. While hiking in Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal, I received the news that my short film script, One Night was being considered for production. Very exciting stuff!

Let me backtrack a little. A couple of months prior, the Aim High trainees decided to make a short film, and were lucky enough to obtain the support (financial and otherwise) of our funders – NI Screen, BBC and Creative Skillset. After a manic period of script development (Skype, wine, tea, snacks, and a lot of chat) we ended up with a few ideas to pitch.

In the end, a script of mine was picked, and a turbo-charged pre-production phase began. Did I mention that around this time I started my placement in the camera department on HBO’s Game of Thrones, averaging 60 hours a week?! It was a little crazy but things quickly gained momentum, with trainees Sarah Ashley-Cantello and Emma Burns taking on producer duties, and another trainee, Gillian Callan, directing. We gathered an amazing cast and crew – a mix of Aim High trainees, experienced professionals, and younger supporting players.

We shot the film over one hectic weekend in August, which turned out to be surprisingly sunny and pretty good fun. Post-production was then completed in time for the film to be premiered as part of the Belfast Media Festival in mid-October. The screening went really well and we were pleased to receive positive feedback and sage advice from Oscar-winner Terry George, who was in attendance that day.

If you would like to see the film, please contact me and I can send you a link and password.

What I can show you without a password is the music video I shot for Hurdles in October. They were recording their debut single, Pictures, and asked me to come along and shoot a music video based on their day in the studio. It was great fun and I’m pleased to report that the boys have just won the Love and Death Jam competition! Expect big things from this lot. I like them so they must be good. You can download their single from their bandcamp page, and here is the video:

Right after shooting Pictures, I started my fourth Aim High placement at 360 Production in Derry. Primarily I’ll be helping out on the editing side of their new YouTube channel, though I’m also doing some writing. There’s a lot going on and it’s a very exciting time to be there. Watch this space.

Last month I also directed a short film, Bliss, featuring the lovely Déarbhail Carr, who was our lead in One Night. The film was one I wrote as a bit of a challenge really; I tend to write scripts which are dialogue-heavy so I thought it would test my abilities to write a story with no dialogue whatsoever. Along with Déarbhail I enlisted Emma Burns to produce with me and try her hand at makeup, Pete Graham as DOP (assisted by Austen Irwin), Ross Haymes as… helpful person #1, and Oisín Kearney and Lauren McCullough on stills. I catered (big pot of chili).

It was a very fun shoot (despite the fact that the film will end up rather gloomy – you’ll see!) and I’ve just started to edit it now. I’ll keep you posted (promise!)

What else?

  • the Tourist Walk boys will shortly be releasing the videos for the two other songs we recorded on the same day as Nothing Left to Lose. These are in the final stages of Mike’s edit and I’m looking forward to being able to share them. I’ve signed on for Tourist Walk Derry which we’ll be filming next month.
  • working on a couple of other short drama scripts, and developing a feature or two (mostly just in my brain at this stage)
  • just had ten days in Spain with my parents (lots of rain, but also lots of sightseeing, photograph-taking, wine-quaffing, and jamón-chomping – not usually at the same time)
  • I’m on the lookout for short films to edit, so please keep me in mind if you (or someone you know) has work that needs doing… and I’ll always consider filming, writing and directing work too 🙂

Over & out.

[Oh and Thrones was excellent. Really hard work (I gained biceps, blisters, and more scrapes and bruises than I care to mention) but an unforgettable experience and an amazing team to be a part of. And no, I won’t tell you what happens but you’ll find out in four months!! It will blow your minds, fans…]

stacey (from bondi beach)

G’day… here’s a little bit about Stacey, who’s an Australian living in Northern Ireland (true story). I have to say a huge thanks to Stacey for generously providing me with loads of fantastic photographs in order to bring her story to life. I was about to say “good on ya mate” but that’s a bit too cheesy, right? Oh, oops.

the night 100 million people saw me naked

No not me! The title refers to the gorgeous David Monahan, who is the subject of this little film. David is now pursuing a career as a professional multi-tasker, working at the new MAC centre in Belfast, while also undertaking journalism training at the BBC and writing for start-up magazine Gay NI. Luckily for me, he found time in his busy schedule to chat to Sarah and me.

Here’s what he told us!