Croissant Weekend

I’ve decided my favourite style of cooking involves short busts of activity spread out over many hours… Patient cooking, which also let’s me do other things in between. Croissants fit the bill. First day is dough making – frothing, mixing, … Continue reading

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Orange Is The New Black – Season Two: The Review

Really enjoyed the first season – looking forward to catching up!

Oracle of Film

Channel: Netflix
Recurring Cast: Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, Lorraine Toussaint, Natasha Lyonne, Danielle Brooks, Samira Wiley, Uzo Aduba, Michael J. Harney, Nick Sandow, Dascha Polanco, Matt McGorry, Yael Stone, Selenis Leyva, Taryn Manning, Laverne Cox, and Jason Biggs

One of the best things about jumping from Lovefilm to Netflix is that I now get to watch the entire second season of Orange is the New Black early. This helps, because this show is really addictive, which seems oddly apt, considering the criminal material and references to heroin.

In a brave move by the writers, this season strips away some of the stronger characters, allowing some of the secondary criminals to get their time in the spotlight. Last time, we lost Miss Claudette and Mendez, one of them very mysterious and interesting, while the other was a clear fan favourite. Season Two instantly puts another major character out of play, reducing…

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Post-production in Action – The Ipanema File

A wee blog I wrote on the post-production process on The Ipanema File, from the perspective of sitting on the sofa watching the magic happen! Every day the film is looking better and better – can’t wait to share more with you guys!

Fighting Badgers

We at Fighting Badgers are pretty new to this film-making malarkey, but being inexperienced is no excuse for not getting stuck in!

Since finishing principal photography just over a month ago, we certainly haven’t been sitting on our hands – our editor is based outside London, so we’ve been sending hard-drives full of precious footage through the post (so much quicker than sending over the internet given the massive amount of footage!) and waiting with baited breath for every rough cut that comes back. It’s been fascinating and exciting to see what he comes up with, especially as he was not present during the shoot, so is working purely from the script and the very detailed logs we took during filming. We wait and anticipate the first full rough cut!

Daniel, the director has some editing experience himself, and has been cracking on with getting the trailer ready, and I’ve…

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Middle Ardo Chicken


God I love Tri-X.

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Bringing Holographic Apes to life, on a shoe-string

Some words from Danny on the next feature film Fighting Badgers are working on… and the joys of After Effects!

Bringing Holographic Apes to life, on a shoe-string.

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Wee Banana Cakes

This recipe is from the fabulous Spooning with Rosie cookbook and is dedicated to Zsolt and the rest of the Fighting Badgers team. These wee guys didn’t hang around set long!

Makes 14-16


65g Softened Butter (I used margarine)

200g Caster Sugar (…soft brown sugar)

1 medium Egg

2 Bananas*

1/2tsp ground Cinnamon

1tsp Baking Powder

60g Plain Flour

65g Wholewheat Flour

Topping: (I made them without this and they were still delicious!)

40ml Water

2tbsp Double Cream

chopped Walnuts

Oven: 150C/Gas 2

  1. Line muffin tray with paper cases
  2. Cream the butter and 120g of the sugar to form a light paste
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the egg, and then fork in the bananas. Mash thoroughly
  4. Add the banana mixture to the creamed butter and sugar a little at a time, beating well after each addition – use a whisk or electric mixer
  5. Sieve in the flour, cinnamon, and baking powder and quickly fold in with a wooden spoon – don’t over-mix, it should still look lumpy but not flour-y
  6. Divide the mixture between the cake cases, leaving space for the cakes to rise
  7. Bake for 15-20min
  8. While the cakes are cooling on a wire rack, place the remaining 80g sugar in a small saucepan with the water
  9. Heat on a low flame until fully dissolved and beginning to turn golden
  10. Add the cream, swirling the pan as you do
  11. Keep swirling til combined and take off the heat – let it cool and thicken
  12. Spoon the cream syrup over the cooling cakes, followed by a sprinkle of walnuts

As mentioned, I didn’t actually make the topping (no cream), and they were still great, so I reckon this recipe could take a bit of tweaking – maybe some nutmeg? Cocoa? Experiments to be done…

*freeze bananas ‘on the turn’ and make recipes like these whenever!

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The Ipanema File… coming soon

The Ipanema File (2014)

An independently made feature film, featuring Joseph Day, a detective for whom headaches are just the start…

Coming to London screens later this year. for more info

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The Ipanema File: It’s a wrap!

For the last 3 weeks, and at least the 3 months previous, The Ipanema File has been firmly in my thoughts, being the debut feature production for Fighting Badgers, which I helped produce, and acted as art department and script supervisor while on set.

In just over 3 weeks, and on a budget which has just tipped over the 3K mark, we have made a feature film – there is no way we could have done this as one, or even two people – this was without doubt, a massive collaboration. We have been so lucky with the people we worked with on this, most of whom came to us by answering ads online… which as anyone with experience of online dating (in particular) will attest to being an excellent way of attracting weirdos 😉 But not this time, and for that I feel truly grateful.

I think together we have made something we can really be proud of, but now it’s time to pass it over to post-production… the editor colour grader, and various other individuals who will transform our raw footage into movie magic. I can’t wait!!

But now, it’s back to work for me – this was a 3week holiday from writing my thesis, and what they say is true, if you want something done, ask a PhD student – we are hoarders of distractions! However, I feel the experience will definitely add to everything I do from this point onwards – my skills of organisation, leadership, and data management have been well and truly tested, and I feel like there is no project I wouldn’t feel comfortable tackling after this!

Til the next time…



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Essex to Ipanema

This weekend we made a trip out to the Essex coast to suss out a few locations for the forthcoming Ipanema File, and here is the first test of matte painting to transform our location into something a little more tropical…

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Under The Skin (Review)

I remember a friend lending me the book this was based on quite some time ago… fascinating story… excited to see it realised on the big screen!

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