Archive for May, 2011

CONCRETE CIRCUS (W/T), CHANNEL 4

I’m stoked about my new production for Channel 4, Concrete Circus (working title).

Inspired by the sporting and filmmaking talents behind the most amazing urban sports virals of the last 2 years, the film brings together the “stars” and directors from the four very different sports for the very first time: Urban trials rider Danny MacAskill; the mesmerizing skateboarder Kilian Martin (and his LA filmmaker Brett Novak); Storm Freerun’s Paul ‘Blue’ Joseph – a veteran of my film Jump Britain – along with British Parkouriste Phil Doyle and Canada’s Mathieu Ledoux (working with director Claudiu Voicu); and finally, worldwide BMX flatland star Keelan Philips (shooting with a director making his debut sports film, Kendy Ty).

The feature-length documentary will explore the lives and skills of all of these spectacular talents from both in-front of and behind the camera. But that’s not all. Concrete Circus will chart the creation of four brand new, breath-taking and beautiful films by the four filmmakers. Together these new films will be premiered as the centerpiece of the documentary.

The documentary conclusion – directed by yours truly – fuses the four different sports and disciplines together into a unique finale.

I’m making the film with my friends at Renegade Pictures and it airs on Channel 4 later this summer as part of a major season about street culture.

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THE SECRETS OF BUILDINGS, CHANNEL 4

photo © Mike Christie

I’ve been trying to make a series about ‘space’ since 2004. I have pretty immediate reactions – some good, some bad – to different spaces. I’ve always thought the affect on behaviour and psychology of architecture was intriguing and yet relatively unexplored on television. It’s difficult to make because it’s hard to put your finger on. It’s easy to talk about architecture but not so easy to figure out what the spaces do to us and why.

So after hooking up with my friends at Renegade Pictures, we’ve got a series into production with the lovely arts department at Channel 4. It’s looking like a fascinating journey so far.

Presented by Tom Dyckhoff, it’s a 3 part series, and will air later this year. The (working) title is ‘The Secrets of Buildings’.

Broadcast article and press release.