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6 Nov 2019

I love these films.  My wife, a fan of the books first, got me into them around the time of Goblet of Fire and after that I was hooked.  There’s a couple of ropey ones, but collectively they tap into my favourite movie subgenre - kids’ fantasy adventure.   The first two are Christmas mainstays of ours, but Prisoner is my favourite.  We’re now starting to read them to our daughter and I’m discovering the joys of the books too.

The sets were on hold for a long time as I struggled to whittle an immense collection of memorable and much-loved characters into the selections you see above.  I always knew these were going to ape my Star Wars sets as a Goodies Vs Baddies format, just not which goodies and baddies to include.  I’m happy with my choices, but there are a lot of characters I’m sad to miss out.

14 October 2019
On Saturday I exhibited this piece in the Unmellow Collective Movies show at Arch Sixteen in Gateshead.  Each artist selected a film that is celebrating an anniversary this year.

I was nervous about doing Alien, as it has been seemingly covered in alternative film posters from every conceivable angle, until I came up with this concept in the run up to the deadline.  This layout could have been the cheesiest idea or the coolest, but it certainly wasn’t one I’d seen in my research.  The response was great (the exhibition piece sold at the event) and so I hope I’ve pulled it off.

I’ve been taking part in group exhibitions like this for years and this is the first one in this country so I’ve been able to attend.  It was a big thrill seeing it up on the wall.


17 July 2019
A high percentage of my portraits are based on cult 80s action movies and they don’t get any more cult, 80s and actiony than this.  I was taking a bit of break from Little Portraits, but it turned 32 today, so I couldn’t resist.


20 June 2019
This is one of my Top 5 favourite films of all time.  It was the first Wes Anderson film I saw, and I caught it at the cinema during it's initial release back in 2001.  This was before the hipster crowd held him up as their cinematic god.  It completely blew me away - I'd never seen anything like it.  I immediately went out and bought the soundtrack, then Rushmore on DVD (the Criterion Collection edition rules).  I've been a devotee ever since.  He's made some great films since (Fantastic Mr Fox, Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel are up there) but I always come back to this one.

12 June 2019
I only just realised that The Warriors turned 40 back in February, so this is a bit late.  It is truly one of the cultiest of cult movies and I'm ashamed that I didn't tackle it earlier.  On paper it shouldn't work - a gritty gang thriller where all the gangs have silly themed costumes, but it totally does.  I'm dying to have this on Blu-ray but the only one doing the rounds at the moment is the hideous Director's Cut version with comic book sequences added.  I would have hoped a spruced-up Theatrical Version would have made an appearance this year, but no such luck.

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