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The Northleach Horror

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on January 17, 2019 by dcairns

Here it is. As it’s completed its festival life, we’re making THE NORTHLEACH HORROR available to all.

Alex Livingstone and I wrote this WWII-science-fiction-horror-espionage comedy. David Jack and Plum Films produced it. I directed it. It seemed to go well! The image above, admittedly, was filmed during the most uncomfortable conditions any of the crew had ever experienced. Edinburgh in January is cold. But if you go up into the hills, it gets much, much worse.

Thanks to all who helped on this movie, a great team, and especially our great cast: Freddie Fox, Steven McNicoll, Gavin Mitchell, Raechel Alexandra, Niall Greig Fulton and Nic Crum. All an absolute joy to do silly things with.

I want to be able to say something like “Whitsuntide will return in MADNESS IN THE QUEEN’S HEAD,” but who knows what the future holds? I found some fingers on the floor and I’m crossing them.

Appreciative comments and constructive criticisms are ALWAYS welcome.

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Posted in FILM, Politics with tags , , , , on September 27, 2016 by dcairns

I don’t usually do fundraisers (except my own) on Shadowplay, but this one is special.

Funded by Scottish Film Talent Network, who funded my own THE NORTHLEACH HORROR, it’s directed by Gordon Napier who was our location manager and is a really striking and promising filmmaker, and the costumes are by Ali Mitchell who designed our mad scientists, Nazis etc (as well as creating the world’s best clown costumes for CRY FOR BOBO).

If you have the wherewithal, please consider helping.

Indiegogo page. Facebook page.

(More NORTHLEACH news soon!)

Collaboration

Posted in FILM, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2016 by dcairns

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Yesterday — two contrasting screenings of THE NORTHLEACH HORROR, one with a disparate program of shorts, one with Steve Barker’s kinetic, political zombie theme park movie THE REZORT, which was a total blast. Steve’s audience was my kind of audience.

Spent most of today with the makers of HAROLD AND LILLIAN: A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY, an utterly charming documentary about a creative collaboration between two members of movie professions who never normally get films made about them: Harold Michelson was a storyboard artist who worked with Hitchcock on THE BIRDS and MARNIE, with Mike Nichols (he designed the shot where Anne Bancroft’s legs frame Dustin Hoffman) and many, many others, while his wife Lillian ran a research library based variously at the AFI, Zoetrope and Paramount. Two amazing and lovely filmmakers, profiled in detail in a film that is both heartwarming and heartbreaking (certain organs break easier when they’ve been warmed).

With the film’s director Daniel Raim and his co-producer and co-editor Jennifer Raim (another great husband-and-wife team) I strolled the city on a sightseeing tour and then dropped in on THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT, yet another film about a creative partnership, in this case the story of South Korean director Shin Sang -ok and his ex-wife, movie star Choi Eun-Hee, who were reunited when they were both kidnapped by Kim Jong-il and forced to make movies to raise the prestige of the North Korean film industry. A compelling and crazy story, beautifully told.

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The perfect blendship.

My editor friend Timo Langer has a copy of Kim’s book on film-making, On The Art of the Cinema — it’s not exactly a manual, more a set of dictats, vague-sounding aesthetic principles about how “each element of a film should be in balance” — the kind of things you can image a not-very-bright studio exec coming out with if asked to pontificate on a panel. It’s sort of like Bresson’s Notes on Cinematography as written by a dilettante blowhard. Or like Hamlet’s notes to the players, translated from the original Korean. Very boring to read, since it’s all just gassy generalisations, but a great talking point to have on your bookshelf. I covet it madly.