On Haloween last year, the creative directors of 1000 Londoners set a task for filmmakers to go out and find people to make a short documentary about them. The task did set some alarm bells ringing as it meant expecting to get rejected multiple times until finding someone who would say yes before realising what they got themselves into.
As the task was underway however we really got into it as it was a challenge of not only finding someone who was up for it, but then finding an interesting story to, and getting good shots along the way.
The resulting Londoners were Graeme, whom we found in a east London cemetery; Mark, an avid John Carpenter fan and was on the way to his concert; and finally Inara, who we found after knocking at her house after seeing all the Haloween designs and props outside, and her parents allowed us to follow her trick or treating.
Check out the films (all shot in 3 hours) below in the order they were filmed:
This film is about recent protests that have taken place at Windrush Square, an open space in Brixton, South London. Windrush square is a place of local cultural and community focus. The protests that have take place in the square have a wider resonance to the rest of London by focusing on issues that have a significance to the whole city: gentrification of the area, rising price of living, government funding cuts.
This is one of three films for Windows Into Protest, a project that looks at protest in three European countries; UK, Turkey and Ukraine. The project was run by Kettle Partnership. Find out more info here.
I directed, shot and edited this film. It was filmed on a very wet and rainy Saturday afternoon. Despite that, it was very eye-opening and exciting to learn about a space I’ve walked past very often. The film was produced by Chocolate Films.
Meet Khan, the friendly store manager of the 24-hour supermarket that specialises in international food products. Born in Pakistan, Khan has an apt for business and is very fond of his customers and the products they need. In this short documentary, watch Khan in the store sharing his knowledge as he dreams of one day owning his own store.
A recent 3 minute portrait documentary I directed and edited as part of 1000 Londoners. This film was part of a season of documentaries called ‘Selling Out’ and screened in London cinemas (Hackney Picturehouse and The Lexi) as part of BFI’s Britain On Film program.
I recently had the opportunity to take some head shots of staff from the Big Issue Invest(BII) which is the social investment arm of The Big Issue.
Through Chocolate Films (a social enterprise that BII has invested in), I photographed new staff members around Vauxhall bridge, which isn’t to far from their head office. Each staff member had a photo with a Big issue in hand for the staff section of the BII website and one without, which is for internal use.