Thursday, 25 February 2016

Where Do We Go From Here?

Last night I went to see this:

Still thinking about it. It wasn't 'greenlit' by a big studio. Writer/director John McPhail could have not written it, or written it but never got around to making it. But he assembled a great team (to whom he paid generous tribute) and somehow made it happen, and at the premiere at the GFT as part of Glasgow Film Festival I laughed and cried and was inspired. It's a sweet film with heart and soul and wit and engaging performances. And the opening montage - well, I won't go on. But I liked it...

I wasn't involved in it in any way, but I know some people who were. And I know other local  filmmaker types trying to do their own creative and artistic stuff in stolen moments with zero funding who moseyed along to give their support. And somehow this made me feel some kind of unearned, irrational pride in attending a heartwarming Scottish debut feature in a room full of positive spirit and - I'll say it - love. I might be wrong because I am still getting a handle on it, but there seems to be a real sense of camaraderie among the Glasgow (Scottish?) filmmaking community that rivals the music scene. I am sure there is competition and jealousies, etc., but there also seems to be a lot of goodwill and support - people pulling together or sharing resources, etc. Fellow filmmaker types there to cheer for one of their own. That's heartwarming before the film's even started. Then again maybe only a copper-bottomed oaf would feel bitter about talent, hard work and a 'can do' spirit.

Here's a review I spotted on-line.

What else?

I vote Sarah Lancashire. Not quite sure what for specifically, but I think she is great in Happy Valley.  Then again writer Sally Wainwright sure gave her some good lines....

Sarah Lancashire, yesterday.

Popmatters in the US reviewed my "Music For String Quartet, Piano & Celeste":  “Ghent is a dark, lovely moment…17 Days breathes beautifully…" makes you want to buy it right?

An album, last weekend.

Right. I've been writing music all day and now I'm off for a...

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