Matt Hulse’s debut feature film Follow The Master premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on Saturday June 20th at 7pm in The Filmhouse.
The screening sold out the day after tickets went on sale – the second-fastest selling film of EIFF 2009.
Film Festival Synopsis
In his eagerly awaited debut feature, Edinburgh-based filmmaker Matt Hulse takes you with him on an invigorating walk following the 100-mile South Downs Way in homage to his grandpa Eric (the titular Master) who died last year. Tag along on a wildly creative, Pythonesque road trip complete with ukuleles, air drumming & the world’s most adorable dog.
Film Maker Synopsis
In May 2008, accompanied by his girlfriend Lucy & dog Tippy, artist & film maker Matt Hulse set off on a 100 mile walk, the South Downs Way, which runs from Winchester to Eastbourne. The walk was triggered by the death of his Grandpa Eric, who died in April 2008 at the age of 96.
Eric had lived in & cherished the Downs for many years. The trip was planned as a feet-first tribute, a commemorative pilgrimage.
“I tried my best to keep film making out of it but in the end I snuck some essential kit into my rucksack” confides Hulse.
“You never know what might happen when you surrender yourself to an adventure & I knew for sure that stuff would happen.
Stories will inevitably emerge – to film them is a kind of automatic writing.”
Hulse’s film making essentials included a stills camera, DV camera, Super 8mm camera, stock, audio recorder, sketch book, 100 Union Jack cocktail sticks, miniature farm animals, ukulele, pitch pipe, fishing line, Grandpa Eric’s shooting stick, a bunch of Ladybird books & a stethoscope.
This eccentric document of the trio’s adventures materialised at feature length, unexpectedly beating a rather different full-length project of his (a fiction called Dummy Jim with a period of already 8 years in development) to the pole position of debut feature.
Free-spirited, irreverent, energetic & determined film making.
The completion of Follow The Master was made possible during an artist’s residency supported by the Wooda Arts Award.
You can read Matt’s lively account of his residency by clicking here