“Island Bound” (feature documentary/TV series)
This began as a project for Manx born blues musician Davy Knowles to document his investigation into his own Celtic music heritage. But over the past 12months, his journey has taken him to places he never expected, in a film that has become a surface-scratching study of the epic story of music and man; how the two are inseparable in culture and history, how they have travelled side by side across continents and decades and how people have relied on music and song not just for entertainment and as a means of expression but also as a survival mechanism, as a way to document and preserve our history over hundreds of years and thousands of miles.
Contributors include: Peter Frampton; Richard Thompson; Martin Simpson; Mark Kermode and his award winning skiffle group The Dodge Brothers; music historian Ted Olsen; trad/folk musicians Mec Lir, Tony McManus, Ruth Keggin – and many more.
4 minute teaser: http://vimeo.com/108458116
Davy’s website: http://www.davyknowles.com
“The Watchmaker’s Apprentice” (feature documentary)
Highly anticipated documentary about the life of ‘the world’s greatest living watchmaker’ George Daniels and his young protege, Roger W Smith. “It is about the passage of time, making every moment count, about life and – ultimately – about death…. about our fleeting existence and the opportunities we have to leave an eternally lasting imprint on the world”
Narrated by John Rhys Davies (‘Indiana Jones’, ‘Lord of The Rings’) and nearly three years in the making, with unbridled access to the extraordinary lives of both men, the programme contains the last interview George gave before he passed away in 2011.
Poignant, fascinating and beautifully shot by Dave Armstrong (‘Ghostgirl’), the film was previewed to great response at the Saatchi Gallery as part of Salon QP 2012. Currently in post production.
60 minute edit (password required): https://vimeo.com/66940168/
“To The Ends of the Earth” (feature documentary)
The true story of a young man who went to extreme lengths to honour the memory of his soulmate and, in doing so, found life after death.
When Jimmy Whittle’s ‘eternal love’ Lorna died suddenly of causes still not fully explained, this larger than life character with a giant’s heart dropped to the depths of depression, contemplating suicide on several occasions.
He rescued himself with an ambitious project – to travel the world with Lorna one last time, carrying her remains in his handcarved urn, scattering her ashes at the farthest ends of the Earth where they had shared such powerful experiences in the past. The journey became not only a tribute to Lorna and their life together, but an expression of grief and loss that eventually cleansed Jimmy of his sometimes terrifying demons.
“..Ends of the Earth” is also being developed into a dramatic screenplay.
Taster (password required): http://vimeo.com/70414497/
“Ghostgirl” (feature, fiction)
“What you can’t see, can still hurt you”. A love story with a twist.. Based on the groundbreaking short film of the same name, which was one of the world’s first narrative films to be shot on the Canon 5D MKII and gained excellent praise from the industry not just for it’s technical achievements, but also for it’s unique and moving story and the powerful performances from the two leads. Despite very little promotion or distribution, the short gained Official Selection laurels from New York United and Cloudfest.
Writer/Director Dave Armstrong made the short as a precursor to the feature, which is currently in script development.
The short is now available to view on a private link online – please contact us for details.
Produced by DAM and Gatecheck Pictures, with Philip Gates
Short Film in Full (password required): http://vimeo.com/37207952