It's time to stop being coy: the project is a film based on "Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes" by Robert Louis Stevenson. Now that additional development work has been completed and the script revised, it has gone back to the CNC in France for further consideration.
WAITING FOR YOU
Producer Chris Curling has taken on this project – which is good news.
LIFETIME: the feature
I recently completed a radically new script; currently being read by a producer
This is now being submitted to some film festivals.
Going well: meetings planned next month re seeking UK interest – producer and director will be over for that.
WAITING FOR YOU
Charles Garrad took this to Galway Film Market, lots of good meetings there, so something might emerge after the summer's over.
U.S. Artist Dennis Oppenheim created a piece for the Ikon – at my invitation but installed after I'd left. It is being re-created by the Henry Moore Institute and will be on view in their Leeds art gallery in November.
My option is due for renewal. I had hoped for positive news during the first year but this is a big project and will need a lot of commitment from anyone seriously wanting to achieve it. We’ll see!
Getting the sound right has really held me up but nearly have this done. The film received an airing by invitation in a gallery in New York as part of an exhibition of sculpture by Paul Hazelton, whose work is featured in the film. Plans are afoot for screenings in the UK.
The title is now MOTH DUST. It used to be believed that the powder from a moth's wings could cause blindness. In the film, blindness is metaphorical. The film just needs a tweak to the soundtrack and then I will be submitting it to festivals.
The producer, Jérémie Chevret, has been awarded development funding by the CNC, the French equivalent of the BFI.
IKON GALLERY, BIRMINGHAM
Plans now being made for the "retrospective" show that will take place during the summer 2014, focusing on the 1980s, when I and then Antonia Payne held the post of director. With this in mind, I've been uploading some of my articles and reviews of contemporary art, to make a better connection with that world on this site.
Just back from a ten day stay in Sligo – final preparations followed by a shoot – two and a half very long days. Roughly edited already.
Good work session in Paris with director Benoît Razy. Development funds still being sought...
Successful recce in Sligo and both locations found – one exterior, one interior. For the interior a brilliant find: a large room (currently an unused commercial space) where alterations can be done with no problem. Two actors cast and the music worked out.
TO THE LIGHTHOUSE
Hurry! There's a second copy on sale at Amazon for £90.
I've reworked the scripts a little and made large numbers of small trims. It's now five parts rather than eight and I'm now seeking one or two reactions. The possibility of a feature still at the back of my mind but a series seems the first route to go down.
At last, the boring bit has been done. The scripts now exist in a digital form.
The working title for a new idea for a short film. Nothing to say about it yet.
TO THE LIGHTHOUSE
Wonders of the internet: someone wrote to me from Minnesota, USA, having viewed the film from her local DVD library. It's unavailable to buy – which is scandalous.