Friday, 29 January 2010

OSTWALD HELGASON SS10

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This is a short film I made for designers Ostwald Helgason collaborating with JJ Marshall Associates and stylist Jane Howard.. it was edited by Sophie MacCorquodale.
The soundtrack is by Sylva Kay...her album 'Undercut' will be released in April 2010 on Spillage Fete Records.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Sound Recordings




At first we couldn’t find the house. Judy, an old school friend of Nancy Clutter’s, told us that the driveway was no longer beautiful the way she remembered it. The “tunnel of darkening green” that Capote described has been reduced to a line of seemingly burnt out skeleton trees. Silhouetted by the setting sun behind them, they stand as silent sentinels to what happened on that night fifty years ago. Like plants growing out of contaminated land they hold a disturbing memory that neighbours have tried hard to forget.
November 15, 1959 was a full moon and the driveway would have been illuminated. The wind blew the sound of the intruders’ presence in the opposite direction. Dick turned off the headlights and waited. As we drove down the track I looked for a trace of their forms, a hologram hanging in the air.

This is episode five in a series of nine. Please read the other episodes here

Monday, 25 January 2010

Murder Cycles



Perry and Dick stopped at an isolated gas station near Garden City before reaching their final destination, River Valley farm. Dick got annoyed with Perry for staying inside the bathroom for too long. The pump attendant complained the next day that he’d had some “tough customers in here last night,” woefully unaware that the unpleasant stench they’d left behind was an ill portent blowing in the Clutter family's direction.

Perry crouched in pain waiting for his aspirin to take effect – I believe he was hoping for a get-out, stalling for time, that it was an indication of his reticence. In prison Perry had met Willie Jay: "the chaplain's clerk, a slender Irishman with prematurely grey hair and grey, melancholy eyes". In the prison's distorted microcosm he was Perry's beacon, a mentor who saw Perry's creative potential but warned him against his fatal flaw, his explosive temper, his capacity for self-destruction. Willie Jay said Perry had a finely tuned sixth sense, he hailed him as a “natural born medium.”

Perry respected a host of superstitions – the number 15, red hair, white flowers, priests crossing a road, nuns, snakes appearing in a dream. Any one of those might have warned him against what was to come. But Dick was rattling the door, insistent and like actors resuming their parts in a tragedy they got back in the car and drove on.


This is episode four in a series of nine installments based on Truman Capote's novel In Cold Blood. You can read the other episodes here

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Grazie Nero






Got this nice surprise on email today from my friend Nicola in Rome. . you can see the whole magazine here
I am missing the Romans. . here is a picture of Nicola, Gio and Michele (L-R) in Bracciano

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Selda- bundan sonra


I came across this song a while ago on a mix tape and then heard it again today by chance winding through the countryside in Scotland with snow capped mountains in the distance... it's amazing.

Monday, 18 January 2010

False Projections



Episode 3 is ready to read here

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Beyond Cold Blood



The second installment of my Capote In Cold Blood Literary Journey is ready to read here

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Eating Rainbows






Fred made me this amazing rainbow, psychedelic birthday cake which was hand delivered to me yesterday. . not only did it look beautiful, it tasted sublime. I recommend the mood enhancing virtues of this cosmic cake to anyone lucky enough to try it. . and listen to this song at the same time
Thank you Fred! xx

Monday, 11 January 2010

Towards A Mirage





Last November I flew to Wichita to meet my Texan friend and musician JM Lapham. Together we travelled around Kansas following the path of Dick Hickock and Perry Smith from Truman Capote's factual novel In Cold Blood.
Another Magazine are serialising the nine installments over the next few days.
You can read the first one here

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Friday, 1 January 2010

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I came outside today and found this written on my car. .