Mar

23

Scottish Cinema

Hugh MacLeod is a Scots-born cartoonist and former adman. He became famous for drawing sarcastic pictures on the backs of business cards during boring meetings on Madison Avenue. One of his drawings shows two students bickering. “No, I’m more annoying,” says the art student. “No, I’m more annoying,” says the film student. To students of […]

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Jun
08

Obsession Magnificent

If you recognise the headline, then you won’t need anyone to tell you what this note is about. Baffled? It’s about Billy Mackenzie. Who? The Associates. Nope? Jeezy Peeps, as Oor Wullie might say. You can find a few Mackenzie-esque gems on YouTube – of which this from French TV is my favourite. The video […]

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Jan
06

Tanya Richam Odoi

Tanya Richam Odoi in experimental dance film Last year, I met a Scottish musician called James Grant – who fronted a reasonably famous band called Love & Money in the early 90s. He did the soundtrack for my short film Sadie’s Story, and we discussed possibly producing a short concept film built round one of […]

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Dec
09

Headin’ For a Gig

Here’s the video I shot for Scottish pop legends Hue & Cry (aka Pat and Greg Kane). The tune – Headin’ For A Fall – is a slab of 70’s-Stevie-Wonder-style funk shot through with that same sense of righteous anger Stevie was once able to summon up, before the lurid clothing and schmaltz got in […]

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Nov
13

see me

Just finished two little spots for a Scottish mental health ‘anti-stigma’ campaign called see me. It’s 5 years since I made the first see me commercial and a lot has changed in that time. The campaign has been tracked in widescale public research, and there’s been a definite shift in knowledge, attitudes and behaviour around […]

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Nov
13

Johnny’s story

“Must have been about  3 in the morning. I was spark out. The phone goes by the bed. I’d had a few beers, bit of a hangover coming on, so I was like – what, what? Gave me a fright. It’s never good news in the night, is it? And… And it was him. Garbled […]

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Nov
13

Vince’s story

“It started off as nothing. I met my mate Tony for a beer. I felt great. Really clear in my mind. Hadn’t seen him in ages. He’s got a new wife, kid on the way, doing great. Had a few beers, nothing much, a great laugh, and then, at closing time, we said cheerio in […]

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Sep
30

Hue and Cry

Just finished the first of a couple of pop promos for Scottish pop legends Hue and Cry. A strangely prescient slab of 70s Stevie Wonder-style funk from Pat Kane and his bro Greg. Great fun working with two great musicians – tho Pat is at pains to point out that he ‘famously can’t play an […]

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Jun
23

Just a Northern Soul

Northern Soul dance steps. This page contains links to step-by-step dance moves for Northern Soul dancing on video – notably demonstrated by a cool young Japanese cult in Tokyo! If that’s what you want – scroll down the page. Originally, this post was about a Northern Soul video I was shooting. Legendary Scottish pop combo, […]

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Jul
25

Meikyo – Film Treatment

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