This blog started 10 years ago as my field notes from trips round the UK with Shooting People’s Mobile Cinema. Over the years since it has charted the changes to the British independent film scene, profiled some of the more interesting characters who populate it and shared many of mine and my brother’s mistakes, failures and occasional successes culminating in our utterly independent and uniquely British feature “Nina Forever”.
Part funded through our successful Kickstarter campaign and made under the aegis of a strict creative manifesto, “Nina Forever” is not just a story we had to tell, it also expresses some of our deeply held ideas as to how a film should be made. You can follow the history our film through posts on this blog dating back to 2012 and if you’re in London at the end of the month you can follow that story right up to date by attending the film’s UK premiere on 31st August at Film4 Frightfest.
Our world premiere at SXSW was daunting but (appropriately enough for a horror festival) our UK premiere is something more terrifying still, something much more personal. This is when we show our film in our own backyard. This is when after years of theorising from the sidelines I finally put my neck on the line and show you something I poured my heart and soul into. Tickets are still available and I would love to see you there.
Chris and I join a panel discussion led by Film4’s Catherine Bray about Kickstarter and DIY Filmmaking on Sunday 30th August and we’ll also be at all three of our Frightfest screenings for Q&As after the film. We are also going to be joined by our three magnificent leading actors, Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Cian Barry and Abigail Hardingham, our producer Cassandra Sigsgaard and many others from our cast and crew.
I’ve been a member of Shooting People since the year 2000 and no other organisation has offered me more support. No other community has taught me, angered me and inspired me more. No one else better expresses the passion and energy that still drives me to make films. I would love to share my film with you all in the cinema on the 31st August.