(2001, 8’30”, Digi Beta on 35mm)
Two 35mm prints are available.
An Edwardian gentleman is tormented by spirits who appear through holes in his sitting-room wall paper. The film was fully-funded by the London Production Fund 2001.
‘G.M.’ was inspired by the work of magician and film pioneer Georges Melies (1861-1938), whose most famous film – ‘Le Voyage Dans La Lune’ – was exactly one hundred years old in 2001. The film was made possible by a grant from the London Production Fund with additional funding from Portable Whole.
Promoted by: The British Council, Film and Literature Department, 10 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2BN Tel. +44 20 7930 8466.
The Man (“G.M.” & “M.G.”): Neil Edmond
Director of Photography: Paul Nash
Sound of Silent Film Festival 2009, Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St., Chicago, USA: 18th March 2009 .The film was shown with a live score composed by Randall West.
21st Century Silents at the Bristol Watershed Cinema, Bristol, UK: 24th September 2005
Scarborough Silent Film Festival at The Stephen Joseph Theatre (McCarthy) Westborough, Scarborough, North Yorkshire: 22nd September 2004. Special thanks to John Pattison
Flexiff Film Festival, Sydney, Australia: September 2003
Foyle Film Festival, Belfast: November 30th 2002
Regus London Film Festival, NFT1, London: 16th November 2001
REVIEWS & PRESS:
Sitges International Film Festival Catalogue, October 2001:
“G.M. are the intitials of a much-loved film-maker: Georges Melies. His fantasy world is the basic inspiration for this short that has just one set (a room) and the great artist reinventing life and love from the four walls. The question is: a century apart, can there be harmony between the primitive, artisan magic of Melies and digital magic? The answer is on the screen.”
Time Out, London, 14th November 2001:
“‘G.M.’ is nought to do with frankenstein food. but a tribute to the origial magician of the cinema, Georges Melies. A digital-effect driven exercise in drawing-room Victoriana and extra-spacial spirits in the walls thereof, it’s a fond if slightly eccentric pastiche.” (Nick Bradshaw)
Regus London Film Festival website, November 2001:
“G. M. stands for George Melies and this film is about fantasy characters who hide behind holes in the wall. Filmmaker, Martin Pickles, did all the special effects himself. He explained how the idea came to him: ‘Actually I dreamt at least fifty percent of the events. I dreamt I was actually sitting in a screening watching it and thinking, ‘That’s a bloody good idea for a film, I wish I’d thought of that’. George Melies was a magician who becomes one of the great film pioneers. He would mix reality and fantasy and he was one of the great inventors of special effects. I wanted to make it feel removed from the real world that’s one of the reasons why I kept it silent and why I added grain to it. All of the grain was added digitally before being transferred onto 35mm.’” (Rachel Evans)