Short Film #5 – The Black Hole (2008) Philip Sansom & Olly Williams

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Short Film #4 – Shame (2006) Tom Geens

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Filmmaker Interview #8 – Greg Hall

Greg Hall (photo by Hannah Powell)

Greg Hall is a London based filmmaker I was introduced to by Tom Wilton who waxed lyrical about this really talented guy he had met at the Portobello Film Festival. When I was down in the Big Smoke in February this year I caught a screening of Greg’s film SSDD: Same Shit Different Day and I was completely floored. The writing was fantastic, painting a comic and realist picture of life in East London with outstanding performances from the actors (at the end of this interview I have included the “Conan the Barbarian Monologue” from the film which is as good as anything Tarantino has written or delivered).

I got in touch with Greg about this blog as I really wanted to feature him, he has an ethos about life which I can relate to and he explores it through his films, and thankfully he accepted. Greg is a talented guy who is obsessed while being acutely aware of the limitations that society has put on him and other people like him but he doesn’t accept these, instead he does everything he can to transcend them.

I am really pleased to feature Greg here on the Write, Shoot, Cut blog and I encourage you to read what he has to say and heed it: Read more of this post

Filmmaker Interview #7 – Ruth Paxton

Ruth Paxton (left)

It’s about time there was a female filmmaker featured on this blog and I am extremely excited that the first is a writer/director whose career I have followed with great admiration for some years.

Ruth Paxton is from Edinburgh where she studied film at Edinburgh College of Art and the Screen Academy Scotland. Since then she has taken her talent and potential global, travelling the world with her work and being recognised for her unique artistic auteur style.

I don’t really know Ruth all that well, other than being a fan, but it has been clear for the past few years to anyone in Edinburgh that she is going to be “big”. As a creative she has an aura of confidence or at least belief in her work, which I’m sure comes via bouts of crippling self-doubt like all artists. There has always been something special about her and her work and I think below in the interview you’ll understand what I mean.

I was lucky enough to see her short Paris/Sexy at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2010 and along with two other shorts it was head and shoulders above anything else there.

I am delighted to feature Ruth on the blog and will now hand you over to her: Read more of this post

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