DOK Leipzig

58th International Leipzig Festival For Documentary and Animated Films

This past weekend Black Sheep had two nominations at the Oscar qualifying festival DOK Leipzig. Nominated for the prestigious LEIPZIG RING PRIZE  - last year won by Citizenfour - and the YOUNG EYES FILM AWARD along with being part of the International programme.

Black Sheep had three screenings in the heart of South East German with critics applauding the film as  -

'With a feature-film-like camera the director captures the battle of wills between more than two different characters with impressive precision.'

Black Sheep at BFI LFF


59th BFI London Film Festival

The closing gala to the BFI LFF at Tobacco Dock was a great send of for the Capitals festival. Over the course of 12 days of films, elegant parties and talks Black Sheep was screened three times (twice at BFI Southbank and once at the Curzon Soho). 

Part of both the 'Families at War' program and the Education screening, the latter of which gave me the opportunity to answer a number of questions in a Q&A with the audience. The film raised much discuss with how I portrayed the two young brothers in the doc and If by not overtly/directly critiquing the Islamophobic right wing cause I was influencing and trying to sympathize the audience with the EDL. My response to that question was that he should probably re-watch the film. 

Still not as bad as the Q&A I had in France over the summer where I had the blunt question of 'are you a racist'..... and  I thought the French where an intelligent audience.


Black Sheep To Have its UK Premiere at BFI London Film Festival


59th BFI London Film Festival

So Black Sheep will finally have its Official UK Premiere at the BFI London Film Festival which I am very excited about.

The film is part of the Dare Gala and will be shown at the Curzon Soho and Southbank on the 12th and 16th October. Black Sheep has also been selected along with five other British shorts to be shown as part of an educational programme for teenagers which will take place on the 7th October and include a Q & A.

More updates to follow.


Albanian and Russian Awards


Moscow International Documentary Film Festival - Special Jury Mention

Tiriana International Film Festival - Best First Film

So this month has been great for Black Sheep receiving two international awards.  The first came at the Tirana International Film festival in Albania with the documentary being honoured with ‘best first film’ award. The foreword form the jury about the film was as follows:

"Black Sheep lets us enter deep inside a not only English political issues but the racist extreme right party increasing power, through the look of two young guys. Follow them in a journey to a manifestation, the director analyses without filters the psychology, the social background and finally, the melancholy of a whole young generation."

The second award came just a few days ago when the film got a ‘special Jury mention’ at the Moscow International Documentary Film Festival.

I can't wait for the awards to come in the post.

Black Sheep Screened at TEN Multimedia Centre in Tirana, Albania at the Tirana International Film Festival on the 10th May 2015.

Black Sheep Screened in Moscow, Russia at the Moscow International Documentary Film Festival on the 24th May 2015!news/cpn4

Wild Nights in the Desert and The American Documentary Film Festival


American Documentary Film Festival - Official Selection

I think this picture of Black Sheep editor Sam Haskell perfectly sums up our week of wild nights of debauchery in Palm Springs at the American Documentary Festival. This picture taken the morning after our wildest.

Black Sheep Screened at the Camelot Theatre in Palm Springs, USA at the American Documentary Film Festival on the 29th March 2015!official-selections-a-e/c1ejq