Meet Jack. as in Jack-in-the-box, the method of transport in which he arrived. He’s the prosthetic head standing in for CLARK, a character in our film-within-a-film, Hiker Meat, part of the ROUGH CUT experimental feature film I’m producing with artist Jamie Shovlin.
Never has a shopping experience been so stressful. Along with our wardrobe, hair and make-up supervisor Di Lucille Campbell, I’d negotiated a one-hour ‘supermarket sweep’ inside the extensive Costume Store of The Library Theatre Company; a long-estabished Manchester based performance company (founded 1952) and recent merger under the mega-arts umbrella of the Greater Manchester Arts Centre.
Although I didn’t go down to the woods today, I did do so a few weeks back and have been swamped with the resulting planning, preparation and necessary administration (e.g. ‘nature of risk: death or extreme injury’) since then. It was all in aid of sourcing key locations in the Lake District for Jamie’s Shovlin’s experimental feature film, ROUGH CUT, and with the help of our location manager Tor Townley, we were spoilt for choice.
Will you look at the state of those fingernails?! In my excuse, the place hadn’t been dusted for years… fifty-odd years to be precise. Much to my surprise I make it into the exhibition poster for Berlin-based artist Rosa Barba‘s forthcoming exhibition at Cornerhouse: Subject To Constant Change. Including a new film commission in partnership with Turner Contemporary, Margate, where I pop up again in ghostly, semi-transparent form… Also starring 84 year-old Sean O’Callaghan, also known as ‘Dad’, as an old timer who can’t play the same giant pipe organ for toffee. No, not even a Werther’s Original.
The postman – or lady – has delivered the new Homotopia 2012 brochure to my desk at work, so I was chuffed to find that I’m in it, riding the coat tails of Al & Al for our post-screening discussion of The Creator at FACT on 7th November. I still get a boost from seeing my name in print! Silly, but there you are. I am a weak human. Bring on the nano-bots and make me an android. Then show me how to operate the OFF button…