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(The beautiful Follow The Master poster below was designed & signed by Alice Smith & printed by Suzy & Sam Jones in Lancaster. I’ll be writing shortly about how this collaboration came about. It’s in itself a good story).
So our homespun road movie Follow The Master made it up there with the big (mouthed) boys & large (boned) girls & was selected for EIFF Best of Fest 2009.
‘An inspired cinematic pleasure from one of the most original & free-spirited artist/pilgrims currently working in Scotland.’ (Shona Thomson)
Selling out in less than 24 hours, the film was amongst the top 5 fastest-selling film festival events, a hit parade which included Sam Mendes in Person.
Better than that however, Follow The Master was the second fastest selling film of EIFF 2009, pipped to the post only by Duncan (aka Zowie Bowie) Jones’ Moon.
This is very gratifying & we’re proud of our film & all those involved, Tippy in particular. Extra treats on their way to our faithful Diamond Dog.
Of course, as serious Bowie fans, we are cool about this & not at all interested in Duncan Jones’ dad, whoever he may be.
In fact we have turned all of our posters of The Thin White Duke to face the wall & that’s that, there will be no more Changes round our place.
Giving the film 4 stars out of 5, this review states:
‘Edinburgh filmmaker Matt Hulse has distilled a simple cinematic pleasure for us all to share … one of the best first features I have seen in some time’ (Scott Macdonald)
There’s also an amusing article in Lothian Life.
So what’s next for Follow The Master?
Hoorah! sing I for the music department of the Scottish Arts Council for they are supporting my long-time collaborator Daniel Padden with a healthy sum of cash. Blimey! This award for New Work enables the writing, recording & performance of music which will in the fullness & fruitfulness & gentleness of time emerge as the wonderful score for the feature film Dummy Jim. But not before an album is released & a tour underway.
The project brings together The One Ensemble (Daniel’s regular band) with artist & musician Sarah Kenchington. Together they are creating a suite of works inspired by James Duthie’s journal ‘I Cycled Into the Arctic Circle’, the original & priceless inspiration behind Dummy Jim.
As a solo artist, Daniel has an ongoing collaboration with Sarah. Which sounds & sounds & sounds.