Joe Rogan chats with Guy Ritchie

Back in the early 00’s (how do you pronounce that?) (awkward innit?) I completely changed my life’s direction, leaving behind a pretty damn successful Medicine degree and deciding to become something else, something that has to do with images. I am not trying to be poetic, I just didn’t know what I wanted or could do for that matter! I wasn’t into movies, I had zero knowledge about art, theatre, design, film, and no one even in my family or in my circle of friends was in any way related to any of that stuff. But I wanted to drop Medicine and be involved in images.

When I was little my parents sent me to learn the piano which as an effect had me hating piano and music altogether. However after a few years I picked up my dad’s guitar and learned how to play on my own, fantasising I was Slash or C.C. DeVille (for those in the know).

While studying Medicine in Hungary I didn’t have others to play with so I bought a Fostex tape 4-track recorder and a primitive drum machine and would record on that. When I learned that you could do that better with a PC, I bought my first PC and a MIDI keyboard that came with version zero (sic) of Cubase.

Apparently I had a great ear for music and even if I never studied it formally, I could listen to it and play it back almost all of the times. My problem with music has always been that I couldn’t create, I couldn’t improvise. If you asked me to play something I would ask you what. And this bothered me.

At some point, I don’t know how, I got my hands at Adobe Premiere version sub-zero and started playing with it. That was it! I knew how to work on a sequencer because of Cubase and when I got my hands on Premiere, I had a 4 minute learning curve and a great revelation. I could be creative with moving image. Finally!

Even though I loved Medicine and all the cool stuff I was learning there, as soon as I got into the hospitals I knew that this was a job that wasn’t made for me, but didn’t know what to do instead, so I kept on going trying to figure it out. When I discovered editing and making little montages out of random crap vacation footage I had an exit strategy. Cross out strategy. I had an exit sign in front of me. So I exited.

At that moment, Lock stock and two smoking barrels came out and then Snatch. I think I don’t have to tell you how much I loved these films especially at the moment I saw them with regards to what was happening inside me! And this is how I got started. Trying to do Guy Ritchie films!

This interview with Joe Rogan is a must see for any lad who wants to learn how to move around as a proper lad. It’s cool Britannia at its core.

Cheers Guy!

Londinium, Archive

Archive : Londinium (Original Video) with Darius Keeler, Rosko John, Danny Griffiths and Roya Arab. The video is directed by Matt Cook, who also created the Londinium album cover. Island Records 1996.

Archive – Londinium (Live In Athens) At 25 September 2010

I love this song. I first heard it in a pretty dark and stressful period of my life and it just stuck with me. Then, in the summer of 2000 I made my first feature film by kidnapping around 20 friends and going to the south of Greece to shoot a road trip adventure movie, where no one had anything to do with movies, and especially me. The movie had some great moments but it was completely crap if you look at it objectively. However it is in my heart for being the first time I ambitiously tried to tell a story with moving images and my greatest school in filmmaking. Londinium was part of its soundtrack.

Today is early 2019 and I am in the process of making my 3rd proper feature film, a story between Athens, London and who knows where else, so I figured Londinium is definitely something to listen to while developing it.

Devil – Jonathan Glazer

I am falling into some serious Jonathan Glazer wormhole…

Quoting from The Seventh Art:

the commercial features the inimitable French actor Denis Lavant as a leather-clad Satan who tempts—and rewards—a group of women with a handful of the Cadbury confection being advertised.

“Succumb to the crumb.”

Little Pyongyang

Joong-wha Choi, a former soldier in North Korea, lives today with his wife and children in a sleepy London suburb, home to Europe’s biggest North Korean population. Despite enjoying the new found comforts of his British life, and being emancipated from the pressures of the North Korean state, he has a desire to return to the land that betrayed him, and feels like his true home. Joong-wha reflects on both why he left North Korea and the state of his day to day life over the course of several months, in a portrait of loss, longing, and the complexities of healing from trauma.

Joong-wha’s story extends to other refugees in the community he lives alongside, and with exclusive access to one of the world’s largest community on North Korean defectors, this stylised documentary brings an original and unique take to the experiences of refugees, and the human rights crisis in North Korea. At a time when the world is wrapped up in the exchanges of pomp and bravado between two theatrical but powerful world leaders, we recognise the North Korean defectors who live right here.

Key credits
Directed by: Roxy Rezvany
Produced by: Roxy Rezvany, Matt Diegan and Aya Kaido
Director of photography: Beatriz Sastre
Editor: Christian Sandino-Taylor
Executive producers for the Guardian: Charlie Phillips and Lindsay Poulton
Commissioned by the Guardian and Docsville

Massive Attack featuring Tracey Thorn – Protection

A small time travel back to the 90s, when Michel Gondry made one of the most incredible music videos ever and one that I cannot even begin to grasp how he pulled off practically and how he imagined and visualised it conceptually. My brain explodes every time I watch this. E-ve-ry-ti-me.

Massive Attack, Ghostpoet – Come Near Me

So simple. So effective. So fun. So sad.

Ed Morris from Rattling Stick directed this wonderful video, so direct all kudos and respect to him, the beautiful Arta Dobroshi, and of course, Massive Attack.