McCullin, the high quality documentary about the photo journalist Don McCullin known for his black and white images of war and human suffering, stays with you long after it ends. Born in to the poverty and street violence of Finsbury Park in the 1930’s, McCullin was friends with a gang accused of murdering a policeman. […]

Bill Cunningham New York

Bill Cunningham New York, a film by Richard Press, is a very lovely portrait documentary of the photographer who shoots the fashion on the streets of New York for The Times. At 84 Bill still heads out on his bicycle with his Nikon camera, wearing his blue jacket uniform and ‘lets the streets speak to […]

A Life in Leica

I am almost certain that Grandpa was born with a camera around his neck.  And then enjoyed a lifetime pursuing photography, capturing what he loved – the natural world, his family, construction projects – always and only through a Leica lens.  Beauty, elegance, class right there. He leaves an archive of tens of thousands of […]

Resistance… The War of Art

Resistance is the enemy of your creativity and sets out to kill your art. So says Steven Pressfield author of The War of Art, a low down on the psychology of the creative process and a mini power pack for anyone committed to their art. Pressfield is a screenwriter and author, most well-known for the […]

“Writing is the great life.” Woody Allen

Have you seen the Woody Allen documentary? Writer, director, actor, comedian, and musician – Woody Allen – has his life and creative process documented by Robert Weide on-camera for the first time. It is so so good. I wasn’t especially grabbed by the thought of 3 hours with Woody Allen but was informed he still […]

BAFTA masterclass: Stephen Woolley

UK film producer Stephen Woolley delivered a BAFTA Craft Masterclass at the Bath Film Festival on Friday night. It was genius – I fell in love with film and cinema all over again. His film credits include The Company of Wolves, The Crying Game, Absolute Beginners, Made in Dagenham, Scandal, Backbeat, Great Expectations, Interview with […]

Let it discover you…

Last week I saw Michael Morpurgo, the children’s author of no less than 127 books, speak at the Bath Festival of Children’s Literature. It was wonderful. He openly and generously shared his creative process, the source of his stories and characters, his love for classic tales, the family secrets so secret you don’t know they […]