Archive for March, 2015

Gordon Willis

Gordon Willis was one of cinema’s greatest artists. Irrespective of genre: comedy, drama, thriller, musical or gangster picture, his style and technique was so unmistakable he should have been called a cinematrograph-auteur.

Films

Two award-winning shorts I wrote and directed; Escape and The Last, Danse à Lagrasse, a short documentary I co-directed with Conor Murphy about the Royal Ballet, plus the trailer to Poison Pen, an award-winning feature I co-directed, written by best-selling author, Eoin Colfer.

The Searchers

The Searchers is both a cinematic monument and an extremely unsettling depiction of the racism that lies at the heart of America’s own mythology.

Scorsese/Welles

This short video-essay compares and contrasts the ways both Martin Scorsese and Orson Welles present the corrupting forces of wealth and power. Their narratives may be similar but they yield different results.

The Adventures of Robin Hood

The legend has endured for 500 years and Hollywood has filmed it a dozen times. But Errol Flynn is still the only Robin Hood.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

In Ferris Bueller, John Hughes forged an icon of teenage freedom. But who is the film about? Certainly not the title character.

Persona – After and Before

This short video-essay position Ingmar Bergman’s Persona in terms of what came after it and what went before. It shows how Bergman visualised his central theme of identity.

Once Upon a Time in the West

Sergio Leone’s masterpiece doesn’t only reference American westerns. He also drew inspiration from an English film.


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