Horrible Histories: More Best of Barmy Britain

If you’re already a fan of the Horrible Histories TV show then you’re going to love the live stage version!

Horrible Histories: More Best of Barmy Britain began with a hilarious Roman parody of Master Chef, Manky Chef, and had children and parents alike laughing and squealing in equal measures of disgust and delight. Gross gags around Roman cuisine were made even funnier by Nick Sagar’s amazing sound effects. Every squelch, splat, whip crack and drum roll had the audience eurgh-ing and ooh-ing.

Less than five minutes in and the audience were split into two for the ultimate slaves vs thanes sing-off. This was a real testament to the actors on stage who’d really endeared themselves to us in no time and everyone sang along full pelt, including us parents – much to my daughter’s embarrassment.

Benedict Martin and Pip Chamberlin absolutely make this show, which is essentially two men and a dressing up box, but their obvious rapport and perfect comic timing made the 70 minutes feel more like fifteen and left the audience wanting more.

The entire show was full of laugh out loud moments but the highlights for me came from a bearded Queen Elizabeth performing ‘Tonight’s Going to be a Good Night‘ with Will.i.am Plays Every Day Shakespeare, and from the critical Tudor Tailors with their somehow familiar catchphrase, “Suit thou, Sir“.

Don’t miss your chance to learn a little history this half term, as long as it’s history with the nasty bits left in.





Red Carpet Event

Tonight I had the amazing opportunity to photograph at the East Winds Film Festival for Enjoy Coventry!


East Winds Film Festival is the biggest East Asian film festival outside of London and this evening saw the premiere of the action movie Loi Bao.


The cast and crew were all in attendance including Cuong Seven (picture above), Victor Vu, Vincent Wang and Vu Ngoc Anh.








Journeys and routine

Making the same journey for the umpteenth time I glanced out the window and wondered if I ever really pay attention to the world going by outside. I normally pass the time on the train scrolling through Instagram, catching up on Facebook or replying to emails and messages on my phone. I rarely bother to really look at the scenery passing me by and it got me thinking about how much we miss on our regular journeys through life.


Right now in the town where I live many structural changes are being made. Once buildings are knocked down people often complain about places being missed, but do we ever really appreciate the architecture around us until it is gone?

This lead me to thinking about viewing my journey each day a little more clearly and trying to watch and appreciate the small changes around me.

When I view the world through the viewfinder of my camera I notice so much more beauty in every day things so decided to start using the camera on my phone to document my daily journeys. After a few days of taking photographs I switched to filming my journeys, using a small gorilla pod on the train table to steady my shots.

It was really interesting to see the differences each day and I found that on uploading the footage to my macbook each night and replaying it that I noticed even more differences in the journey’s landscape as each day went by.


While working on this project I came across some photos I took a few years ago when, inspired by the work of Alvin Langdon Coburn, I made my own vortograph and attempted to change my view of the world by photographing places and objects through it.

I wondered if this project was merely a continuation/progression of that last one and decided to attempt to film my next train journey through the vortograph and see what results I got.

trip subway.jpg

I’d used the vortograph to film through once before in the subway scene of my first film Trip (2015).

I’m hoping that the film I’ve made will help to change how we look at the journeys we make every day, help us to spot changes in the landscape and value the architecture and scenery around us before it, inevitably, disappears.


After working through the script we soon released that we would need quite a larger budget for this film than others we have worked on. We would need a budget for locations, travel, props, dolls, catering….. just for starters!

We discussed different methods of money raising and decided to opt for crowd funding. I researched various different sites that offered crowdfunding facilities and Indiegogo seemed to have the best reviews online and offered Paypal as an option and only took a small administration fee.

I set up a page for our film using a photo of the mouse we are having made for us and shared it daily on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, with the rest of the group reposting or retweeting links too.

Then wrote a blog post advertising the campaign and contacted several local newspapers and radio stations to see if they would run the story. UnCOVered agreed to run the article for us.



Media Production students launch crowdfunding project to finance new film


A group of ten Media Production students at Coventry University have banded together to try and raise $500 to fund a new project, showcasing a mix of still images and cinemagraphs to create an exciting new form of animation.

The project started when the second year students were introduced to Maddy Ryder, a third year Creative Writing student, who had just finished writing a script called ‘The Story of Toys’. Set in the future the script tells the story of one mouse’s struggle through everyday life in an oversized world. Influenced by George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, as well as recent current events; the story depicts a world that has become uninhabitable by humans. Following their evacuation to other planets, the abandoned, now redundant toys find themselves new jobs, not so dissimilar to our own.

“We hope ‘The Story of Toys’ will be a film to make people think as well as to entertain them.”

The students need to raise funds for their ‘cast’; essentially a large selection of toys and a one of a kind handmade mouse toy who will take the leading role in the film, so they have set up an Indiegogo crowdfunding page to try and raise the money required.

“The people and students of Coventry have been amazing helping us with donations. One lady even donated some dolls for us to use as ‘extras’ on set. But we still need to raise more funds and if anyone can donate, or even just share our campaign on social media, we would be most grateful.”