NDH20 is locked and loaded - and we are stoked at the superb DOUBLE BILL we have created for this, our second event at The Hospital Club.
Our NDH20 guests will be directors Hope Dickson Leach (The Levelling)
& Steve Oram (Aaaaaaaah!) on Tues May 22nd - tickets through the mailing list.
Hope Dickson Leach's debut feature THE LEVELLING, produced by Wellington Films as part the iFeatures scheme, had its world premiere at Toronto in September 2016 and at London Film Festival she was awarded the inaugural IWC Filmmaker Bursary Award. In October 2017 she was named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit. She is currently developing several features and is a co-founder of Raising Films. http://hopedicksonleach.com/
Steve Oram is known as a writer, and performer for Sightseers (2012), The Worlds End (2013), LFF horror A Dark Song (2016) and recently The End of the F*cking World. In 2015 he directed Aaaaaaaah!, a “deeply thought provoking mind boggle” produced by Lincoln Studios and released by Rook Films. He is currently prepping his second feature Deadfolk with writer Charlie Williams. @steve_oram
The Sochi Film Festival gave Ink, Cocks & Rock'n'Roll a diploma of recognition on Friday night in the short film category, one of only two short film awards given. The event at The Soho Hotel was host to guest of honour Stephen Frears and Nick Nolte - and some excellent mini-sliders. Thanks to Charles Stewart at Sochi for passing on the reaction of the Russian filmmakers in the audience at the Sochi Dec screening - who were apparently inspired by the film and Krent's work.
NDH19's guest was Alice Lowe, writer, director and star of Prevenge and co-writer/star of Sightseers.
Alice discussed her creative inspirations & filmmaking influences and a body of work that includes Darkplace, Sightseers, Black Mountain Poets, The Ghoul and her directorial outings Solitudo, Prevenge and new project Timestalker.
The event was held at The Hospital Club's Oak Room, which has it own bar, stage and balcony, and is (we hear) Radiohead's favourite place to record in London...
A truly fantastic evening and HUGE thanks to Alice and Team NDH - Laura Kirby, Richie Pengelley, Aaron Shrimpton, Tom Duke, and especially to Jeffrey-Jay Antwi, Roman and Luke from The Hospital Club our amazing new NDH home.
Was thrilled to be asked to be asked to help with the judging at the new Four Seasons Film Festival. The awards took place Mon 5th Feb at Cadogan Hall in Mayfair - check them out here: https://www.fourseasonsfilmfestival.com
Those lovely Den of Geek types have compiled a list of their Top 23 Docs on Hulu, and American The Bill Hicks Story is snarling in there next to Exit Through the Gift Shop, Man on Wire, Room 237, Grizzly Man and Weiner - excellent company!
The Daily Dot also named American in their 13 Best Docs on Hulu right now.
We are very pleased to report that Deep Clean has successfully wrapped. Shooting from the 14th- 20th December, we have since been editing away over the Xmas break.
Our amazing cast - Paul Kaye, Tony Way & Joshua Glenister knocked it out of the park and our DOP Greg Duffield (Raised By Wolves, Man Down, The Windsors) and his excellent team have delivered some amazing footage, all pulled together with love and an iron fist by Rebekah Renford and Laura Kirby, our awesome production team.
Our top production designer Natalie O'Connor and her team created a series of beautifully dilapidated mannequin factory basement sets and we finally got to break out our lovely doll maggot in all it's glory courtesy of Dan Martin and his 13 Finger FX team - a real sight to see it finally spring to horrible, squirming life under the watchful eye of Steve/Krent Able who 'kept it horror 4 real'.
Heres some pics from the shoot - more to come soon!
"Part serious exploration of a charismatic comic artist many know little about and part funny exploration of his alter ego, this documentary from Matt Harlock was a fascinating watch from start to finish, taking many forms throughout its run-time in much the same way that its subject did. This will be of particular interest for comic artists, illustrators and so on, but holds a particular interest to anyone intrigued by talented and/or unusual people." The Film Magazine
"And we’re off! Fantastic presentation from @halflifefilms director Matt Harlock talking to our young filmmakers about The Perfect Package!" The others speakers were Paul Trijbits and previous NDH guest Richard Holmes, so we were in top company! Thanks to @myfirstjobinfilm, Georgie McGahey, Sam and all the attendees, hope my package was above average...check out their industry programmes here
Yes we totes did. There was a great panel, we talked about Kickstarter, and making monsters! What else do ya need? Props to Territory Studio and Travis Hartman and Emily Dickson at MCM Comic Con for pulling it all together, and thanks to Krent Able, Dan Martin and Paddy Eason for being excellent panellists - and the audience, who were there in droves...Deep Clean crew represent. Here some pics and vids - enjoy x
Much indebted to Chris Young and Marc Abbs at Directors UK for setting this up - the 4th article on the Deep Clean journey featured on DirsUk website and newsletter - thank you for the support guys.
At LFF 2017, we managed to see:
• Let The Corpses Tan
• Ghost Stories
• The Shape of Water
• The Killing of A Sacred Deer
• You Were Never Really Here
• Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri
- with possibly the best Q&A line up of the fest (see pic)
Film of the festival: You Were Never Really Here
2nd: Killing of a Sacred Deer
3rd: Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri
We were thrilled to be asked to host a panel at Comic Con at Excel on Oct 28th.
"The Horror, The Horror: From Comics to live-action monsters”
The talk will be about our journey from festival hit Ink Cocks & Rock’n’Roll to Deep Clean, and the Kickstarter experience, talking about the process, showing storyboards, concept art, Kickstarter video and with the expert input of Dan Martin (monster builder), Krent Able (graphic artist), and VFX honcho David Sheldon-Hicks of Territory Studio.
So we decided to launch an Indiegogo In Demand campaign. Why? Because so many people have contacted us to say they were gutted they missed the chance to join the Deep Clean journey, and could they still?
If by welcoming those new members to the Deep Clean community means we can add more monster features, further visual effects and improved locations, then we'd love to.
We've selected only the most popular rewards from the Kickstarter, and are going to try and raise...
£5K in 50 days!
Click below to check out the Indiegogo...
Why is @krentable grinning? Maybe it's the festivals he just got invited to...? Raindance Film Festival 2017 (nominated for Best Short Documentary), MOTELX in Portugal, Aesthetica SFF in York and Exit 6 Film Festival 2017 - think of all the free canapes! But what he loves most is the networking...and he brings it hard.
We are massively stoked to be working with James Iles, veteran of Sherlock, Dr. Who and The Crow reboot. He is creating the boards for the special FX sequences involving our friendly neighbourhood doll maggot, who asks: "Are you my new best friend? Hee hee hee!" James is based in Iceland (insert your own 'cool joke' here) and we are thrilled to welcome him to the DC Crew - see his work here: www.jamesilesstudio.com
Wow - what a truly amazing night and a personal wish-list item fulfilled. NoDirectionHome was thrilled to present Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation on 35mm plus an extended Q&A with special guest Walter Murch, hosted by Matt on August 2nd at Curzon Soho.
Coppola’s 1974 movie The Conversation is about Harry Caul, a socially withdrawn surveillance expert (Gene Hackman) who is employed by a mysterious figure (Robert Duvall) and his assistant (Harrison Ford) to surreptitiously record a couple's conversation. As Harry pieces together fragments of recordings, he uncovers a mystery - perhaps a murder - but as he finds out more, does he actually know less? The Conversation is a classic study of trust, intimacy, suspicion and paranoia.
Massive thanks of course to Walter, Aggie and Taghi Amirani, and hats off to Michael Garrad at Curzon Soho, and the NDH Crew - Laura Kirby, Steve Martin, Mike Chapman, Roxy, and all the guests for coming down to a sold out evening. More events to come soon...
More pics and videos here: http://www.nodirectionhome.com/#/ndh18-walter-murch/
"I read a book a long time ago by the masterly Kurt Vonnegut called The Sirens of Titan. In this future world on some far flung planet (Titan), they have of course moved past the need for fossil fuel and spaceships are powered by a force called The Universal Will to Become."
How does this relate to crowdfunding you ask? Read the Directors UK article to find out!
So our campaign finished at midnight Weds 12th with a total of £28,388!
We are SO indebted to all our backers, team and partners on this journey to make our monster movie...! This has been quite insane, and we are knackered, but we have also had an amazing time, not just with the DC team - Krent Able, Roxy Holman, Laura Kirby & Mike Chapman...
...but also with all our lovely collaborators - Kite Base (Kendra Frost & Ayse Hassan), Tara Busch of I Speak Machine, Territory Studios & Dan Martin of 13 Finger FX.
We must also send big love to our supportive partners who got behind the project - big shout outs to VICE, Shooting People, Ben Blaine, Chris Blaine, Chris Baker, LOCO (Denise Hicks & Jonathan Wakeham), Stuart Wright at Britflicks, John Sanders, Gosh Comics, Orbital Comics, The Quietus, Festival Formula, Ed Wiles at FilmShorts, Thats A Wrap & Directors UK - thanks for being on the DC Crew with us...!!