The Mystery Shopper

We’re now in pre-production for THE MYSTERY SHOPPER, a 15-minute musical comedy inspired by the old Hollywood classics, but set in present-day London.

It features an all-original score, a showstopping dance number, and, thanks to the kind people at One Stop Films, will be shot on beautiful black & white 16mm film!

Feature film now in post

David has recently directed LAGUNA AVENUE, an 80-minute sci-fi comedy about a frustrated slacker who obtains a powerful bionic hand.

Written by Paul Papadeas and produced by House Angus, the film is now in post and will be heading out onto the festival circuit later this year.

A couple of posters to whet your appetite:

Flower soundtrack

Another song by David & Brezhnevs Medals, COITUS INQUISITION, will be appearing on the soundtrack to FLOWER, directed by Max Winkler.


Christmas Number One: a festive musical

Work has begun on a new project entitled:

That’s right, Succulent Fans, it’s a Christmas musical. We will be shooting a proof-of-concept short in March and then developing the feature script thereafter.

Of course, it won’t be the first musical we’ve made (c.f. the seminal Last Babacus). But this one will be set in the ‘real world’ and the budget will be considerably more than £2000. It’s shaping up to be a corker.

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Camerimage 2016

p1000185Once a year, Bydgoszcz (Poland’s 8th-largest city) receives a massive influx of filmmakers and camera folk who proceed to GORGE THEMSELVES on Zywiec, dumplings and beautifully-shot movies. The festival does not have a ‘best film’ category: only Best Cinematography.

I don’t recall who won this year (Google it) but my single favourite film was Hans Petter Moland’s Aberdeen. It actually came out in 2000, but was screened again this year as part of the Norwegian Cinema strand. It’s an extremely touching black comedy about a father and daughter on a road trip from Norway to Scotland, anchored around a convincing, humane depiction of an unreliable alcoholic. The cinematography was entirely subservient to the story and it offered an outsider’s perspective on the UK, which is always fascinating.

Also had time to travel to Toruń for the David Cronenberg exhibition.

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Trip to Ireland

What a wonderful time at the 2016 OFFline Film Festival. They treat their guests *really* well, there were some cracking short films (Particularly by Sylvain Chomet and Oonagh Kearney) and it feels like a great big, welcoming family. A great big welcoming family that plies you with beer!

While in Ireland, I also took the opportunity to go and scout a genuinely spooky forest. The moment you set foot in there everything falls silent and it feels like you’re being watched…

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