Poster for If Wet tour 2014. If you are around for any of these dates, I strongly recommend going!
As a proud red head, I feel very happy that my portrait features in this amazing book and project by photographer, Marina Rosso.
The Beautiful Gene is the new editorial project self-published by Fabrica of photographer Marina Rosso under the editorial direction of Enrico Bossan, head of slow journalism department, on the possible effects of artificial insemination on human kind: the extinction of red haired people.
In September 2011 the world’s biggest sperm bank stopped accepting red haired donors for a period: demand for them was too low compared to the supply. After being scorned, persecuted and marginalized for centuries, could redheads now begin to be eliminated in a conspiracy of online questionnaires, aseptic clinics and frozen sperm?
Marina decided to act as a conservation geneticist who would classify the genetic variation of a species in the first step to preserve its diversity and components. She started by creating a matrix that would represent the red hair gene through 48 categories, each uniquely combining this feature with five more physical traits (gender, height, build, eye color and hair type). Then she set out on a journey looking for real people who could literally embody these categories. Marina took 204 portraits and later selected 47 of them. One category is still missing.
Last year I was commissioned to compose the music for this wonderful documentary by Electric Egg. The film explores how home movies and amateur films can be used by academics as important historical ‘documents’ and profiles the incredible work of Media Archive for Central England (MACE).
The film was released in conjunction with History Today Magazine and distributed to it’s subscribers, however, you can watch a clip from the film here.
For more information about MACE visit:http://www.macearchive.org/home.html
THE HISTORIAN AND THE HOME MOVIE:
Directed by Steven Hatton
Cinematography by Neil Baker & Steven Hatton
Edited by Steven Hatton
Post Production Assistant: Ami Petch
Original Music Composed by Hugh Cowling
Cover design for Approaching Silence, edited by Mark W. Dennis and Darren J.N. Middleton. The book is a new comparative reader on Endo’s masterpiece Silence, featuring contributions by leading critics, the full text of a dramatic adaptation and an afterword by Martin Scorsese. It will be published by Bloomsbury in November 2014.