I'm a London based Director, Filmmaker & Photographer of fine music, commercial & comedy based visual storytelling and I shoot portraits and headshots.

I've been screened at national and international festivals, am a professional tea drinker and Bruce Springsteen fan.

I'm blogging here to allow others to live vicariously through my adventures (such as they are) and my talent (such as it is)

Short Film Review: The Amazing Spiderman 2

The Amazing Spiderman 2 is not so amazing, just thought I’d start with that. Let’s leave aside the fact that’s it’s a reboot of a reboot of a whatever, in the space of 10 years; I enjoyed the last film (the first reboot of the reboot………never mind) and was interested to see how it would continue. In short, they’ve shunted in far too many villains with really flimsy motives and disproportionate responses, like really flimsy motives, it would have been better to have 1 or 2 solid villains and concrete up the narrative, they had enough time to do it in with over 2 hours run time! We meet Electro, Jamie Foxx in a very Mr. Freeze from Batman & Robin style role (not a good place to be in), Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn turning in a respectable and terrifying performance, and Paul Giamatti for once not playing someone not wise cracking or slimy. It felt a bit all over the place, but the saving grace and the really strong base to build this film on was the relationship between Spiderman/Peter (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) in a convincing partnership with real chemistry that doesn’t feel forced, fake or put upon. This is no surprise as they are a couple in real life, but their scenes together were so watchable as a love story rather then a superhero story, and Stone was more then a match for Garfield’s nervous energy. The end of the film has a very long credits list (to provide for all the vfx artists to provide for all the CGI that the film used) and went through 4 songs/themes/scores, I took this as a metaphor for the film, overly long, not focussed and too many characters.

An elephant with no trunk OR An extra from a Star Wars movie A Ninja OR 'Bane' from Batman Being eaten slowly by a large snake Some Renaissance era painting ET: The Extra Terrestrial A Knight OR A Judge Anakin Skywalker just before he becomes Darth Vader A grizzled bearded old prospector from the Gold Rush Lawrence of Arabia OR Mother Superior

If your an avid follower of me on Instagram, you’ll know I’ve been running a photography project over the last few weeks called "Exciting Shapes You Can Make With A Snood". There’s not much else to add…. I try all manner of exciting shapes using the humble snood to create characters. Umm…. here’s the summation of my creativity thus far. 

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FvF Cooks: Traditional Sabich Sandwich with Haya Molcho and Tiefschwarz
For the latest instalment in our FvF Cooks series we meet with chef and restaurateur Haya Molcho, who continues to infuse Austria’s capital with the eclectic culinary traditions from her native Israel.
To mark the occasion of Haya opening one of her restaurant concepts - Neni - at the 25hours Hotel in Berlin this year, we organized a communal dinner with DJ brothers Tiefschwarz and their mother, to get a taste of what’s to come!Find the recipe for Sabich - an Israeli sandwich, consisting of pita stuffed with fried eggplant and hard boiled eggs - on the FvF Journal.
Thank you Marlen Mueller for capturing a warm and culinary evening.

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FvF Cooks: Traditional Sabich Sandwich with Haya Molcho and Tiefschwarz

For the latest instalment in our FvF Cooks series we meet with chef and restaurateur Haya Molcho, who continues to infuse Austria’s capital with the eclectic culinary traditions from her native Israel.

To mark the occasion of Haya opening one of her restaurant concepts - Neni - at the 25hours Hotel in Berlin this year, we organized a communal dinner with DJ brothers Tiefschwarz and their mother, to get a taste of what’s to come!

Find the recipe for S
abich - an Israeli sandwich, consisting of pita stuffed with fried eggplant and hard boiled eggs -
on the FvF Journal.

Thank you Marlen Mueller for capturing a warm and culinary evening.

Short Film Review: The Double

Richard Ayoade’s The Double stars Jesse Eisenberg and Jesse Eisenberg (sorry, I’ll get my coat…) Based on Dostoyevsky’s story of the same name, Ayoade has created a bleak Orwellian world where there is not a lot to get out of bed for. Eisenberg stars as an insipid downtrodden clerk rendered completely irrelevant as a persona non grata, especially when a man looking exactly like him, but the polar opposite in personality, shows up starts to take over his life. I’ve never been a massive Jesse Eisenberg fan, which could be a problem when presented with 2 of his neo Woody Allen shtick figures, but he suited this well. From the get go, Ayoade’s fairly tight direction cultivated a fairly long drawn and painfully uncomfortable atmosphere that really didn’t make you feel pity for the lead. As I said, it’s fairly bleak which is not a criticism, it’s grimy distopian, industrial oeuvre looks stunning (in context), and the use of sound design is really effective. 

Short Film Review: Noah

Russell Crowe stars as Noah in this biblical epic. First thing’s first, this is utterly utterly completely and utterly bonkers with a capital bonk. There are rock monsters, strange animals, even stranger beards and Ray Winstone. 20 seconds in and I was sniggering, and so were most of the audience, I’m not sure if it was because it took itself too seriously which I doubt, I’m not sure if it’s because it’s the sight of Anthony Hopkins scrabbling around in a field, I’m not sure if it was Emma Watson giving her best ‘school play’, or perhaps it was the talking rock monsters. It was unintentionally funny, but strangely held together, a real visual feast retelling of this well trodden story. It’s caused a bit of uproar in places, from religious and non religious alike, I think theres something for everyone here whether you believe that man has his own will or whether you believe that it comes from the heavens, ‘Noah’ shows that no one is infallible. It’s quite brutal as well, from the violence to the ark itself, which looks like a giant wooden box with not a lot of style. Crowe and Winstone doing their ‘bear with a headache’ thing to perfection, an understated Jennifer Connelly as Noah’s wife, and young Christian Slater, in the Will Scarlet mould, lookalike Logan Lerman as Ham, Noah’s son. Go see it, it is really enjoyable, don’t take it too seriously, but again utterly bonkers.

Great day shooting a music promo for Sam and Andy aka “Front Cover”. Some astonishing high notes on Jeff Buckley’s “Grace”

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Driving over Tower Bridge still holds massive novelty value for me

Driving over Tower Bridge still holds massive novelty value for me

Stumbled into someone else’s shoot whilst leaving. Bond Trivia fans: this place was used for shooting ‘Goldfinger’ (at Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel)

Stumbled into someone else’s shoot whilst leaving. Bond Trivia fans: this place was used for shooting ‘Goldfinger’ (at Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel)

First train out from Edgware. Signs of civilisation peak out at this unholy hour

First train out from Edgware. Signs of civilisation peak out at this unholy hour