I’ve enjoyed writing non-fiction articles alongside my full-time work for over twenty years; specialising in filmmaking, heritage and countryside. I’m now writing a specialist filmmaking book – ‘We Have Some Notes…’ being published by BFI in partnership with Bloomsbury. Links to a few previous articles below, more news about the book coming soon!

Yorgos Lanthimos discusses The Lobster, Screen International

“I like restrictions, because in some way they drive you creatively – when you don’t have so many choices it’s kind of liberating.” – Yorgos Lanthimos

Corin Hardy on his debut feature, The Hallow, Screen International

Practical effects have always been a big love,” said Hardy, who began creating his own practical effects in his bikeshed aged 12 and bonded with fellow British director Edgar Wright over a shared love of Evil Dead II, when they met aged 14 at a Young Person’s Film Competition. Hardy’s entry was his first experiment with genre-blending stop motion – a chainsaw wielding Morph.

Director Corin Hardy sharing early sketches for his film The Hallow

Sally Wainwright discussing Gentleman Jack, NFTS News Blog

“You can benefit from having two creatives – a writer’s vision and a director’s skill, but I feel that I have that vision. I get to a point where I feel the script is locked. I want other directors to understand a lot of thought has gone into that and to respect that. I’ve always had that discipline that a script is clear on what’s to be shot and not to tinker with it. Though I do tinker with it now that I direct. But I’m allowed to, because I wrote it!” – Sally Wainwright

Creating VFX for The Jungle Book, Screen International

“One of the most important things I learned was that every scene, every beat, has a story – a beginning, middle and end” – Adam Valdez, Visual Effects Supervisor, The Jungle Book

Wrong Trousers, Right Course, Daily Telegraph

More about Oscar nominated Animation Director Sharon Colman in this blog post.

Sharon Colman working on her Oscar nominated student film 'Badgered'
Sharon Colman working on her Oscar nominated student film ‘Badgered’

Which Tree, Witch Tree, Buckinghamshire & Berkshire Life – Tree fact and folklore

Harry Potter’s wand seller Mr Ollivander maintains “It’s really the wand that chooses the wizard.”  But it’s not always easy to pop in to Diagon Alley.  So if you’re looking for a spot of magic in the woods, or simply in the market for a new wand, how can you be sure which tree is witch?  I spent a morning in the woods with Bushcraft instructor David Willis to pick up a few tips.”

Francis Lee on God’s Own Country , NFTS News Blog

“I wanted to write about how difficult it is to be vulnerable enough to be loved. I just felt compelled to write this story.” – Francis Lee

Francis Lee

And some blog posts about a few other articles:

Friends In Deed the story of a First World War pacifist ambulance unit run by Quakers, for Buckinghamshire & Berkshire Life

“The secret of freedom is a brave heart”

Autumn Delights – some of the best places to enjoy autumn in Bucks, for Buckinghamshire & Berkshire Life

“The mellow autumn came, and with it came the promised party.” – Lord Byron, probably one thing you could trust him on was to spot an opportunity for a good time.

Art in the Landscape“Sculpture gains by finding a setting that suits its mood and when that happens there is gain for both the sculpture and setting.” – Henry Moore

Beacon by Bruce Munro at Waddesdon Manor
Beacon by Bruce Munro