Filmmaker: You Matter More Than Ever

We live in very troubled times. But is not the world’s hatred caused by basic misunderstanding? What better way to break down the barriers of hatred than through the power of film? The films you make, the stories you write, and the pictures you paint matter more than ever before. Creativity matters more than ever. […]

Marilyn Monroe’s Personal Book Collection – How Many Have You Read?

Marilyn Monroe is one of the iconic figures of American culture. In the male-dominated world of Hollywood she is remembered and even revered as a sex symbol. Not til today when I stumbled upon the list of personal property owned by Marilyn Monroe, auctioned at Christies-NY, October 28-29, 1999, did I realise what an amazing […]

How Screenwriters Make Money: Five Tried and Tested Ways

How screenwriters make money is a question I have been asked countless times during my long journey helming Raindance Film Festival. Often screenwriters have the idea that they can win a lottery by selling their script to Hollywood. But how much money do you really think you could make by selling your script to Hollywood? […]

5 Ways Filmmakers Play A Trump Card

Donald Trump has played trump card after card. His election campaign has been rocked by controversy – filled with shameful and disgusting remarks. As the American presedential election looms ever nearer, there is no denying that Trump has demonstratd an astonishing ability to engage and empower a legion of followers far greater than I suspect […]

10 Tricks And Traps Of Film Producing

Film producing is an occupation fraught with danger, mishaps and misfortune. As Shakespeare said: many a slip twixt cup and lip. Here are the ten areas where new producers trip up. 1. Measure Success by More Than a Theatrical Release The times are a-changin’. The costs and associated risk factor of releasing a film theatrically […]

Welcome! It’s The 24th Edition Of The Raindance Film Festival.

It’s that time of year again, where we have the chance to be mesmerised by what I believe to be the best in independent cinema. The Raindance mission is to discover new talent from wherever it comes – and it does arrive from the most unexpected quarters. This year, we received a record-breaking number of […]

What Olympians Can Teach Filmmakers

Like an athlete starting their career from nothing, so I started Raindance in 1992 from ground zero. The Olympics has amazed me with the success of the British Olympics team. Like their medal haul and success so too British film talent is hotter than hot, and unlike athletics there is too much talent for this […]

What’s Your Excuse For Not Doing It?

Sitting here on Planet Raindance for a quarter century has been an exercise in humility. So many films and filmmakers have passed through the doors. So much has changed. Back in 1992 it was all 35mm. Now it’s (nearly) all electronic. Award winning films, even Oscar winners are shot on cellphones like Looking for Sugarman. […]