Pennyfest is a local festival in Derby that was started by Dan Wheeler to raise money for Penny Wheeler (his mum). It has since been taken on by local promoters Hatch'd Magazine and Apples for Discos and escalated to become one of the biggest local gigs for many years. We made this short film about the festival and the amazing community spirit and optimism shown by the friends and family of Penny Wheeler.
Loetzinn is a short film I wrote, animated and directed along with Chris Gooch in 2004. It was made as part of a DV Shorts scheme with the production company EM Media in Nottingham.
We got hardly any money for the project but I remember having a lot of fun making it. It's been screened at loads of great places including Annecy and Edinburgh International Film Festival.
A bleak wind howls across the night, it is cold and hostile. In the distance a silhouetted city skyline rises out of the water into the dark sky, holding up the night like pillars.Lost and helpless on the surface of the abyss, two tin boats emerge from the surrounding mist.
With tatty edges and rust filled scars, Pop-Pop and Mac draw closer. The tension rises as they are alerted to the other’s presence. The fight for survival is about to commence.
Rought Cuts documents Douglas Fox's experience of YMCA Derbyshire, where he became a resident in 2012 after finding himself homeless. With contributions from YMCA staff members, David Twomey and Sarah Boone, Rough Cuts raises serious questions regarding the potentially devastating cuts proposed by Derby City Council to housing services.
Derby City Council plan to slash the budget for these services from £9.9m to just £1.7m over the next two years. There are substantial fears that the impact of these cuts could be catastrophic for those that rely on the services currently provided.