Friday, February 6th, 2015

london recruits: the secret war against apartheid

For the past half a year, Katharine Round, Gilbert Sinnott and I have been making an experiential documentary on the secret war on apartheid inspired by and involving the London Recruits – a gang of young Londoners recruited in the 60s and 70s to carry out clandestine solidarity missions in apartheid South Africa. From re-creating […]

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Update on The Cotton Film: Dirty White Gold

Dear contributors, supporters, fans, lovely people: One of the most common questions an independent filmmaker is asked is “when is it going to be ready?” Like most artists, our secret, silent-voice answers aren’t usually very polite. They revolve around “when it’s ready.” The biggest setback for any indy [like a real indy, not one backed […]

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Disobedient Objects

 This is happening. 26 July 2014 – 01 February 2015. See if you can spot our naughty little paws in the exhibition (clue: billboards). It’s a “Look mum, we’re in the V&A” moment. We’re also making an interactive film on the London Recruits as the Disobedient Film Company which is out this autumn. Follow us […]

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

sans serif typeface wltm serif typeface for friendship, dialogue, maybe more

Meet Hermit. Hermit is a lively, readable sans serif font who would like to meet a complimentary serif font for a long term relationship on all the material, onscreen gubbins and publicity for The Cotton Film: Dirty White Gold. Hermit would need someone who is solemn with gravitas but who also understands irony and can deliver […]

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

why are Indian farmers committing suicides over their debts?

Every day, I Google “farmer suicides” and every day I see a new entry. I have a mantra which riffs on this: “Nearly 300,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide to get out of debt since 1995. In the state of Maharashtra in 2006, 4,453 people committed suicide. That’s one every eight hours.” If you close […]

Monday, September 24th, 2012

the cotton film: dirty white gold | crowdfund

At last – it lives! We launched the crowdfund for our film The Cotton Film: Dirty White Gold today. The journey starts with nearly 300,000 Indian farmers who have killed themselves to escape debt. At one point, up to 26 per day. They are the price we pay for cheap cotton – trapped in a […]

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

peter kennard’s haywain upsets national gallery over arms trade

Shhhhhhhhh. We may or may not have had something to do with the events that led to this diary entry in the Evening Standard: http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/londoners-diary/bbcs-hanging-offence-upsets-national-gallery-7706829.html However, the Standard missed the point. It’s not just a TV stunt. It’s a TV stunt with a purpose and that is to highlight and criticise the National Gallery’s continuing […]

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Travels and Travails

Have just come back from India filming my first ever documentary (by filming, I mean shooting, producing, directing, presenting, editing, everything myself) on suicides, pesticides and fashion. Working title “Deadly White Gold”… same as the article I wrote for Who’s Jack this September. At its height, up to 26 Indian cotton farmers a day were […]