Monday, 26 September 2011


Mike Reilly as Baal, DP Dan Starborg in the background, Ben Mawdsley camera assisting and me pretending I know what I'm doing.

I've added a new banner to the top of the page, once again from my old short, Baal and Ben, cut from the picture above.

I know some friends who are likely to say, "Jeez, Brian, this was too long ago! Put it away! Don't wallow in the past!". Well, I agree. In part. But writing is such a lonely and at times horrid activity that it's far too easy to lose sight of things.

I still want to make films as well as sit and write them. Looking at some of the old stills from Baal and Ben, I'm now quite proud of what we pulled off for very little money (shot on 16mm for £1,300), even if I found it hard to watch at the time. And, yes, it was a long time ago. But I look at those stills and remember what I was capable of and feel encouraged. And it reminds me of the reaction it got at it's first screening, which was very good. Head swellingly good. Finding encouragement as a writer can be very difficult and if no one else is around (but people normally are) to keep you going during those black moments then you need to draw upon yourself and what you've achieved.

I've made a few more shorts since then, but this is the one that always sticks with me. I need to know I've done it before and can do it again.

If you feel lost, always think back to what you've achieved, regardless of whether it's a film or not. If no one else is encouraging you, sod 'em and push yourself.

So, there it is. Another unnecessary justification for my actions.

Back to the page.


  1. Did a little weed help in the production...?

  2. Hah! I'm paranoid enough without weed. I'd be climbing the walls and staring out every living thing if I took that shit. But I'm glad to say my mind is just as wrong as it always was in terms of film ideas.

  3. I didn't realise that you'd made a short. Where can I read more about it, because I'm intrigued about the still you've shown!

  4. Hey Andrew. I thought I'd bored everyone to death with it over at the GS. The link to it is in the first sentence of the post. It's up on YouTube in 2 parts. Alternately, part 1 is here:


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