Phil Cooper - London Camera Operator and Film Maker

O S C A R H U D S O N | Fear And Love: John Pawson

Wonderful wonderful short by filmmaker Oscar Hudson, detailing the process which architect John Pawson went through re-designing London’s new Design Museum. The style of combining VHS and digital footage is brilliant, with each format contradicting and highlighting the other. Added to that I love how he gives John Pawson the camera, as a way of […]

H U C K | Family Business: The Secret Recipe of the Blue Plaques

Here’s a sweet little documentary about the quiet life of the couple behind London’s iconic blue plaques. These plaques identify the buildings which certain famous people lived or worked, and there’s only two people in the UK who make them – an elderly couple living down in rural Cornwall. Put together by Huck Magazine, it’s […]

M A T T H E W H E I N E M A N | Cartel Land

When I heard someone had finally made a documentary on the effective civil war going on in Mexico at the moment around drug trafficking, or narcotráfico, I was pretty excited. The filmmaker Matthew Heineman focuses the story on vigilante groups either side of the border, one fighting gangs on the front line in the state Michoacán, […]

A L A N D E L R I O O R T I Z | St. Vincent: Lone Star

After a brief hiatus I’m back and thankfully along comes this lovely little doc on pop star St. Vincent right on time. Produced by Alan Del Rio Ortiz, it introduces star Annie Clark (St.Vincent) in a candid way, documenting her spending time in her native rural Texas, singing at a local baseball game and walking […]

L I A M S A I N T – P I E R R E | The Reinvention Of Normal

A great short piece here documenting the mind of a serial-inventor Dominic Wilcox. Director Liam Saint-Pierre presents his film in the really interesting style of showcasing the man himself in a traditional documentary style while his wonderful ideas appear in animation form. A really great watch!

S H A N E M E A D O W S | The Living Room

The Living Room is a short film by UK director Shane Meadows, of Dead Man’s Shoes and This Is England, about his friend and musician Gavin Clark. Gav’s idea is to play a series of gigs in people’s living rooms, and we watch as he and Shane go on a journey to make that happen. […]

R O C H L I T Z & G O R M L E Y | The Runners

I’ve just come across this brilliant short film by directors Matan Rochlitz & Ivo Gormley, filmed in east London’s Victoria Park. A simple idea, executed in a beautiful and insightful way, and one which speaks volumes about humanity. Here’s how the directors describe it; “Pounding the tarmac through the seasons, a band of runners are brazenly […]