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Posted in FILM with tags , , , on December 10, 2015 by dcairns


A copy is en route to me from the distributor, Lobster Films. You’ll have to get yours from

The good news: English and French subs, region-free. There’s a tiny extra of Natan’s party to open the studio at Rue Francoeur, which is now La Femis, France’s national film school. Apparently the guests were filmed, the footage was rushed to the lab, and at the end of the party it came back and was projected so they could see themselves. Not quite instantaneous, but a novelty at the time.

For newcomers: NATAN, a feature documentary by Paul Duane and myself, tells the story of a true cinema pioneer, a man who discovered great movie stars, innovated technically with sound, colour and widescreen, radio and television, and was perhaps the most powerful figure in French cinema from 1930-1936, but who was destroyed by a cabal of enemies, his reputation smeared, and ultimately his life taken away. Not even his memory remained — until now.


Immortal Longings and Immoral Earnings

Posted in FILM, Television with tags , , , , , , on September 5, 2015 by dcairns


Well, once in a while, things in my movie “career” move rapidly —

Paul Duane and I just heard that, thanks to the tireless efforts of the mighty Serge Bromberg, the rights to all the film clips used in our documentary NATAN have now been cleared in all territories for ten years. This is paid for by a sale to French TV, and Serge’s Lobster Films will be releasing a DVD (this may be the French version of the film only, to give us a chance to sell DVD rights separately in English-speaking territories).

We won’t get rich yet, but the movie is finally starting to achieve commercial release.

The same evening I hear that the Scottish Film Talent Network are funding my new short, THE NORTHLEACH HORROR, which I will direct and which I’ve co-written with regular Shadowplayer Alex Livingstone (of Dune: The Musical fame). Apparently I qualify as “emerging talent,” although emerging from where and to where is uncertain. All that is known for sure is that I have been doing my emerging very slowly.

The short is a standalone story but also the introduction to a character we hope to base a feature film around. We already have the script for that one too.

Now I have to decide whether to raise additional funds with a Kickstarter campaign — the movie is an absurdly ambitious World War Two science fiction horror comedy (that’s a genre, right?) and we need period detail, CGI effects, Nazis, monsters (well, one Nazi and one monster) and a cast that runs quite literally into single figures. How much do you think I could raise? Anybody want to help out? We need lots of old junk, electronics, levers and stuff, and people to cobble it together to create a MAD SCIENTIST’S LABORATORY. How fun is that?