22.2.15

TILL DEATH US DO PART FINISHED FILM HERE


Foreword by Eleanor Davies:
Till Death Us Do Part is the final chapter in James Barnett’s documentary film trilogy exploring the life decisions of three of his closest friends.
James has been collecting footage since 2011. The process began as random recordings of everyday interactions and encounters, but after sifting through these snippets, a clear and telling narrative emerged.
Setting off on a journey of discovery, motivated by a middle class romanticism and a desire to find a true sense of one’s self, the film offers us intimate snapshots of James’s closest and dearest: Poppy French, William Potter and his twin sister Miriam Barnett.
It’s a cathartic journey, exposing feelings of pity and fear. The resuscitation of the bath through frantic plunging, the dredging up of a dank and monstrous hairball, becomes a tragicomic cleansing ritual. It marks a new chapter, and a new dawn for one of the film’s protagonists (if not all of them).
There is nothing like a wedding invitation in the form of a fridge magnet from an old school friend to incite anxiety in one’s self. A familiar checklist flashes and flits through the mind:
Engagement
Marriage
House
Children
Dream job
Financially stability
Car
Jogging regularly
Retirement plan
Funeral flowers
This mantra accompanies us throughout our lives, sitting uncomfortably at the back of our minds. James confronts us with it at every given opportunity; the enlarged, titular captioning of the Acts - the mantra becomes bigger, louder, shrill, and hysterical even. The mantra is unavoidable. Poppy hopes to marry long-term partner Sholto, William dreams of moving to London, a land of promise, and Miriam just wants to live in her own home.
2015 marks the 50th Golden Wedding Anniversary of James’ parents. They met in a choir singing at weddings and funerals. They say marriage is ‘hard work’, making it sound like window cleaning or sweeping away the cobwebs. We are all guilty of simplifying the past, rationalising our decisions, and carving out narratives for ourselves.
The present is often chaotic, slippery, then hard to get a grip of, and James has captured and embraced this ambivalence in his film.

7.9.14

TRAILERS



NEW TRAILER FOR TILL DEATH US DO PART

HERE IT IS - THE TRAILER FOR TILL DEATH US DO PART FEATURING Will Potter Poppy French Miriam Barnett FOUR PEOPLE ONE PROBLEM NO ANSWER #TheHeartHasItsReasons



14.5.14

TILL DEATH US DO PART - TEASER TRAILER REVEALED

So here is a teaser trailer for the final part to my documentary film trilogy. I hope you enjoy. 



You can watch Part 1 - Growing Pains here: https://vimeo.com/73395394 and Part 2 - Where We Are Now here: https://vimeo.com/89080053

28.3.14

MARCH, REJOICE! MARCH, REJOICE! MARCH, REJOICE!

Lots happening at the moment. Here's some stuff I've seen and done recently. Sorry for all the selfies. Enjoy:


The morning Miriam had to do some logging:
The same morning as we realised I was in the Guardian:
The day I went driving with the gay nephew in poor old Godalming and we caused a scene in the carpark:
Newphew and neices:
The afternoon Miriam wore this to tell me her story for the film:
The moment Poppy sent me this:
The morning I took my Dad to see this....
....And forced my Mum and Dad into this:
She loves it:
Twinz:
That evening on the way to Genesis I made Poppy stand here:
And Trinity was emblazoned on the walls:
One of the last work jaunts with this guy (and his giant carrot)
Behind the scenes installing our Board Games window displays:
Mannequin suspension - harder than you think!
Nice:
This is what the inside of the glass looks like when you cover them up from outside - COOL:
When said cover is pulled off:
A finished Board Games window:
Shar goes surfing:
Sat on her boards:
Our fantastic light boxes and flooring:
The morning the film dropped live for all to enjoy:
William:
Miriam:
William:
James:
James:
The films first critics:
LIFE IS A PIGSTY:
That sweaty night we went to Oslo Bar and Poppy wore this on her face:
What's the last thing you remember?
Whitechapel 1:
Whitechapel 2:
Selfie:
Poppy sat on a chair in the Chinese on Whitechapel High St, looking INCREDIBLY SMALL:
Damien St CREW:
Victoria Park:
Four People One Problem No Answer:
WE MUST:
Gone but not forgotten:
James Morgan returns:
Cigarette selfie:
Maje windows:
Talk at Somerset House:
Willaim:
Poppy gets intoxicated:
Will gets a trim:
Miriam:
The day it was so hot in March it felt like we were in Spain:
And we enjoyed alfresco dining on the balcony:
It was so hot  I got naked:
Our new favourite hot spot - Shadwell Basin:
Hangover free on a sunday morning:
Shadwell:
SGD - COMING SOON:
Will dyes his hair:
Miriam and I - hangover free:
Weavers Fields:
Angela (Poppy wears MU  MU )
Shadwell station - stripes matched the shirt:
SELFIE (IVE GOT TO STOP)
William:
Hannah Jerrom - one woman and her drill:
Poppy:
Miriam:
Miriam:
William:
Miriam:
Hannah Jerrom comes round:
William:
James:
Go Visual launch party:
STUDIOGRABDOWN at the Go Visual launch party:
We made it into the showreel:
2013 VS 2014
25 - The quarter life crisis is almost over?
Jogging and Monkey Bars - FACE
Will watches the film:
STUDIOGRABDOWN - make sure you follow us on TUMBLR/INSTAGRAM/TWITTER/ONLINE
WE MUST:
Under the Skin:
Michael Ryley watches the film:
William comes over for round 3:
Secret meetings in Cardiff:
This is how a Dalek is really made:
Special FX:
School performances:
New York Deli:
Cardiff Market:
Feeling broody?
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