In a decaying Scottish community, a lonely man witnesses a violent attack that gives him a reason to exist.
2010, 17mins, HD, with Lewis Howden, Helen McAlpine
Boxer was my application film to the National Film & Television School, shot in March 2010 for the paltry sum of £350 (and some loose change). I’d recently been turned down for some development money and was generally a bit frustrated with the pace my career was moving at, especially when graduates of the NFTS were doing so well. Boxer was a reaction to this as well as a farewell to my hometown and the types of films I’d got stuck making – grim social realism instead of the smart genre films I was paying to see at the cinema.
I always have mixed feelings when I revisit Boxer. There’s a lot of anger bubbling away under the surface, but it was the film that saved me in a lot of ways. And I love Lewis Howden, a fine actor who (literally) bent over backwards for my tiny little shoot.