Mark Cousins article

February 19, 2015

Mark Cousins has written a provocative article in Sight & Sound magazine about film schools.

dispatches mark cousins film school programme


50 weeks, new project/focus every week.
see it here

Lots of good ideas


Pig iron by Ben Myers

April 6, 2014

After my David Peace marathon of reading all of his work (just finished Tokyo Year Zero the last one of his works that I had yet to read) and finishing off the latest draft of my play 57 Images Of My Father (in readiness for the Inside Out festival, taking place at the Curve Leicester from Thursday this week) I’m now reading Ben Myer’s Pig Iron.

Pig Iron Book Cover

Pig Iron Book Cover

Just started reading it but it’s shaping up to be a good read from the few pages into it that I am.

This time next year Rodney

June 4, 2013

Started writing a new one act play today. The sunshine, the lunchtime WFH pint, a load of interesting ideas on paper (screen), a terrible working title, left me with a good feeling today. Aiming for offcut festival. we’ll see. This time next year Rodney, this time next year….


August 24, 2011

I hope you caught Random on Channel 4 recently. If not you can find it here through 4od catchup service. This was an adaptation by Debbie Tucker Green of her original stageplay put on at the Royal Court Downstairs in 2008. The play is a one-woman show and what was so powerful about the TV adaptation written and Directed By Debbie Tucker Green is how she went about using the televisual form. ‘Opening up’ of plays is a common expression that ordinarily means taking the one-stage location idea and taking the piece to locations alluded to in the stage production but not necessarily visualised on stage. This approach was very different. The ‘one-woman playing many different characters ‘ approach of the stageplay was handled extremely well. It remained theatrical but was definitely a film. Many theatre practitioners I feel don’t manage this transition particularly well. A previous post of mine places Dany Boyle as the theatre to film director who, in my opinion has consistently, best handled this transition.

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Try and see it if you can. Nadine Marshall is fantastic.


57 Images Development Days progress

August 18, 2011

Had an interesting meeting with Bianca Winter from TWP about 57 Images of My Father and in particular the development couple of days lined up for the third week of September at Guildhall in Derby. Lots of interesting conversation about how the technological and audience interaction possibilities in the script that spring from the plot might be explored. The development days are focused on the aesthetic of the visual, the various digital possibilities of presentation and interaction and the overall shape of the piece rather than the ambition of the two days being to work up a plot/character rewrite. There are though a number of unwanted contradictory ideas and script diversions that need to be addressed at some point and my expectation is that these days will help with that process also. Working with TWP and Barret from Ventmedia on the development process so going to be fun.

Danny Boyle- Best Theatre to Film transition?

July 1, 2011

I’ve taken it to mind recently that Danny Boyle is the Theatre Director who has made the best transition to Film Director over the last fifty years of British theatre/cinema history. There are lots of Directors who have worked in both Theatre and Film and continue to work in both but Boyle is now predominantly a film director unlike Mendes, Olivier for example. I don’t think Frankenstein heralds a return to the Theatre. I believe he has made the best transition because he understands that cinema is about energy and movement and that the camera is the primary storyteller.  Look at his films. I make this statement not from an exhaustive analysis of his film work but from instinct. Lots of Directors who make this transition think that moving the camera about is film and whilst Boyle often throws his camera all over the shop he uses that movement to storytell. I was thinking of international directors who might compare and I came up with Kurosawa and Welles.

Any thoughts?

EMTAC Presentation Event Lab#1

March 26, 2011

EMTAC presentation Lab#1 went well. Lots of different work presented. Some re-presentation of work, some presentation of work due out soon and some work-in-progress. My presentation of Brunels piece was good. Peter Frost played Marc Isambard Brunel and Joe Doherty played Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The five pages they delivered is the entirety of the piece so far. You can see those five pages in an earlier post.
Think emtac if we keep the energy up is going to be a good forum for getting the energy as freelancers into the theatrical ecology. See for info on emtac. We are developing as an collective and so reserve the right to be protean, dynamic, responsive and haphazard.

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