(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?
‘We will pull the Screen Machine mobile cinema on our journey from Kinlochleven to Nairn, over 5 days. Why? To make a pilgrimage for cinema. To bear witness to its wonders. To celebrate walking & film. In tribute to the road movie genre. In tribute to the brilliance of the Scottish land. To show the world that film deserves such an effort.’
Here’s an article about it in The Times.
More info about A Pilgrimage here.