2017 – Far From the Apple Tree – Feature – Post Production
Grant’s third feature film.
Shot on 35mm, Red Dragon and home processed 8mm.
Selected for EIFF’s 2017 ‘Works in Progress’ strand:
Currently in Post-Production.
You can read a bit more at the Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/farfromtheappletreemovie/
And here’s the long trailer version:
2017 – Teenage Superstars – Documentary Feature
Scotland, 1982. The stars of Big Gold Dream had either split up or taken the Big Gold Road south to major label success in London.
Glasgow was left with an ‘indie label’ void but the seeds sown in Big Gold Dream would lead to a new era of rebellion. Punk was reborn in the shape of a new type of independent music. No longer would bands look to tidy themselves up and sign to a major record label in the hope of appearing on Top of the Pops. Independent music in Scotland now meant ‘No Compromise’ and this is the story of those bands and the personalities involved.
This new documentary from the creators of Big Gold Dream tells the story of what happened next in the uncompromising world of Scottish indie music. The Vaselines, BMX Bandits, The Pastels, The Soup Dragons, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream and Teenage Fanclub all appear. Bursting with new interviews, rare archive, untold stories along with some of the most amazingly difficult, scratchy, noisy, genius pop music ever given to the world. This is Teenage Superstars and you need to watch it.
Edinburgh International Film Festival. Nominee: Audience Award, Best Documentary
Raindance Film Festival
2016 – Night Kaleidoscope – Feature
Grant’s second feature Film. Here are some quotes from reviews. I left out the one that said ‘it’s not arty, it’s just rubbish’ and ‘easily the worst film of the year’
“Dreamlike, elusory, impressionistic. The film is not so much a drama as a sensory experience.” HollywoodInvestegator
“Night Kaleidoscope is without debate one of the most stunning films in Horror cinema. The way this production conveys horror defies artistry and validates this opinion.” Decay Mag
“In a glitched-out dreamlike urban backdrop, an investigator deals with killers that he thinks are not human. An ingenious film, it sets a default of reality-shifting fantasy–which, instead of diminishing, only heightens the intensity of up-close fleshy vampiric rituals.” Sam Vanivray, Amazon US
“There’s fab cinematography and a nice soundtrack. With there being more scene flashing and slow motion than dialogue, Night Kaleidoscope seems to focus on becoming a type of visual art than story share.” Hellnotes
“an authentically surreal, dream-like experience… that is disorienting and nightmarish in the best possible way.” SickFlix
“Night Kaleidoscope is a bizarre, psychedelic, artistic take on vampires” HorrorGeekLife
“There is a really unique and artistic feel to the film that is definitely accentuated by this. Some fantastic lighting and an extremely good synth soundtrack from Alec Cheer helps paint a really atmospheric picture” Midnight Horror Show
It’s available on Amazon Prime here:
2016 – The Glasgow School – Feature Documentary
A sister film to Big Gold Dream (see below)
2015 – Big Gold Dream – Documentary Feature
The hidden story of FAST Product and Postcard Records, two of Scotland’s most loved independent record labels. The film features interviews (and music) from members of Joy Division, The Human League, The Rezillos, Fire Engines, Orange Juice, Aztec Camera and The Associates. It won the EIFF 2015 Audience Award. And it’s been written about in various high profile print and online articles – Mojo, Q, Pitchfork, Vice, Record Collector, Clashmag and many more. Filmed over a VERY long time.
Screened on BBC2 in April 2017
Released on DVD in May 2017
2014 – Sarah’s Room – Feature
First drama feature film, filmed in a VERY short time. It won some awards and generally had good things written about it. It seemed to confuse a lot of people as it does not easily fit into a genre. Someone said it had ‘moments of genius’, which I obviously liked a lot. Someone else said it would only be liked by a very niche audience who took vast amounts of hallucinogens.
You can watch it for free on YouTube/Amazon Prime/Vimeo and IndieFLix
2011 – Horrorshow – Feature Concert Film – Unreleased
This was a documentary concert film about the one-off reformation of Scottish Punk band, The Scars for a benefit gig with a 30 minute history at the start.
2010 – Come In Tokyo – Music Video for Fence Records
Music video shot on 16mm
2009 – The Bell Witch of Leith – Experimental short
Experimental film shot on 16mm. Lots of in-camera techniques such as triple exposures and hand processing.
Screened at Dounne the Rabbit Hole festival
2008 – Above from Below – Jacob’s Pillow Documentary
2008 – Shadow Halation – Experimental Short
Super8, Filmed on expired stock and hand processed. Music by Alec Cheer
2008 – Unflame – Experimental short
Super8, Filmed on expired Soviet filmstock.
2007 -Aphlogistic – Experimental Short
16mm, home processed.
2006 – Reynardyne – Music Video for Lucky Luke
2006 – Effluvium – Experimental Short
16mm, home processed. Music by Wounded Knee
2005 – The Autograph Hunters – Documentary Short
Screened at Edinburgh International Film Festival