"Meanwhile, inside of Westminster, in a dark, cobwebby corner, the spider lady stirs, her face lined and haggard, joy-free, a road-map of hatred. A Miss Haversham of dogma and division."
January 2018, two brothers, Greg and Jude, set out to row across the atlantic ocean in a tiny rowing boat
Their purpose was to raise £100 000 for charity after the tragic and painful death of their father from skin cancer, and purge the family of the grief that threatened to engulf them.
Confronting extreme weather and a host of life-threatening technical problems, there was simply no guarantee they would survive. Yet somehow, they made it. It is a voyage of physical hardship, emotional extremes, and – above all – an extraordinary, spriitual and personal transformation that will resonate with all of us.
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So here we go. With amazing contributions from George Monbiot, Dr Cat Scott, Greta Thunberg, and Extinction Rebellion’s Dr Gail Bradbrook, the very first, very rough rough cut is up. So much work still to do. The introduction lacks punch and needs focus. The idea still needs focus. We have contributions yet to come in from the green party’s Sharhar Ali, from environmental researcher Alyona Rydannykh and from others. But for now, here is where we are at, and any feedback is welcome
Well, sounds good doesn’t it? A a great Mantra. Didn’t Ghandi say it? And look what he achieved.
But Ghandi and partition was sixty years ago, before modern globalisation, before data farming, neoliberalism, before widespread industrial expansion and social media virtue signalling. And he starved himself, remember. And risked his life, while many others lost theirs.
Sorting your eggshells from your single-use plastic straws doesn’t really compare does it? Meaning well has never meant so little. So why do we do it?
I think something good happened here, but I don’t know. Did I get something out of this? Why should that matter? Or did I just cause more trouble?
What do you think?
My father grew up during the Blitz and the post-war Austerity of the 1940s and 1950s in a tenement where the entire floor of the block shared a bathroom, and then become an adult in a world of astonishing luxury that his children took for granted.
I have rarely experienced the pleasure he would derive from a piece of fruit, a flower, a walk, a book, I doubt many of us have. Do we need to unlearn our addiction to the luxuries we think we need? Do we need to simplify our lives?
Could there be a better place to hold a competition awards ceremony than the House of Commons in Westminster? What a fantastic night, full of fantastic energy and some very real talent on show
So, a month into the edit, and the whole film is beginning to take a shape, we have a rough cut of part of the ending, we have the basic shape of the whole film, and now, with the contribution from British Skin Foundation, and from George Monbiot, we have a very rough rough cut of the first fifteen minutes. Exciting times!
The 2018 20:20 meet the buyer event at the Dorchester Hotel was a fantastic opportunity for industry professionals to get together, and alongside some animated and vibrant networking speed-dating, there featured a fascinating talk on lighting from Carlo Camillo
A favourite client and now an old friend, Ji at Plum Innovations called us up for a third year running - our having succeeded in helping them in the past to win coveted awards in highly competitive sections - to put together this simple but effective promotional corporate film for the national BETT educational IT awards.
"An original and jaw-dropping hour-long original new documentary film starring Dr Greg Bailey and his brother Jude who together rowed the Atlantic unaccompanied over eight weeks, raising over £100 000 for Skin Cancer Awareness, produced and directed by award-winning director Adam Rowley.
From Gran Canaria to Barbados, across eight weeks, we chart a course through breathtaking scenery, heartwrenching emotions, excoriating loneliness and pain, and inspirational and superhuman physical challenges. This is extreme sport, exquisite travelogue and survival journal with the emotions set to eleven.
And what sets this film apart from other adventure films is that it contains within its story a second and crucial journey - a journey of the soul, in which, through interviews and research, our brothers explore and examine the biggest ecological and societal question of our time - how will our we and our planet survive unless we learn how to love and live with nature?"
And as the afternoon fell into night, I walked up Shoreditch High Street, my little 50mm f1.4 twisting and straining to catch focus, so a kind of loneliness emerged in the character of the young people I captured. I felt how deeply alone they seemed, how distanced from each other and from the very process of trying to enjoy a Sunday evening amidst the bustle and colour and lights of what is so vaunted as London’s most vibrant of neighbourhoods
These two heroes are about to embark on an incredible 3000 mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean, rowing unaccompanied to raise money for Skin Cancer Awareness
This lovely little fundraiser film has played a massive role in supporting the boys in reaching successfully their goal of £100 000
From commercials to corporates, from promos to teasers, from BBC drama to independent documentaries, alongside twenty years of managing campaigns across varied media platforms, this little 3 minute teaser is just a tiny taste of some of the visual work done for Sky, BBC, MTV, Universal, Sony, The Home Office, Millicom, Disney Channel and many many more by Creative Director and Producer Adam Rowley
Without doubt my favourite IT consulting firm to shoot for, and one of my great successes. The first time I made a short-form corporate for them for the much-covetted BETT awards, they received a commendation and were shortlisted. Next time round, and lo and behold, they actually won an award. Surely there is no greater testimonial to the powerful effect of a good film.
A guy, a girl, a vintage hasselblad and it’s late October - what could possibly go wrong? Nothing, in fact, as everything went right for this promax-winning spot I produced and directed for Viasat Film to promote their Halloween Movie line-up night. A great location, cast and crew helped, as did a great client, it’s a cute and stylish spot that I’ve always felt a little proud of.
Every now and then a great project just falls in your lap. And often when this happens, the good luck just keeps following. So it was that when we went to create this lovely little film about ethical businesses for Radley Yeldar and the Home Office, as part of the UK is Great Campaign, who should offer up his services but none-other than Jamie Oliver himself. A great guy, a great campaigner, and a great little film. And all in a good cause