Not my film about Brazilian music

Not my film about Brazilian music

British DJ Gilles Peterson has made an album of Brazilian music, and in order to promote it, he took a filmmaker to Rio with him to make a 3-minute promotional ‘behind the scenes’ YouTube video. That video grew in ambition and scope to become a 75 minute...
Speaking as a film maker…

Speaking as a film maker…

I gave a talk at Flatpack Festival today about Occupy Music – the film I’m making about independent music and alternative economics in Brazil. I showed some interview segments and still images from the film – but spent most of my time explaining the...

Playing Musical Chairs for over a decade

About ten years ago – maybe a little more – I made some programmes for a Radio New Zealand series called Musical Chairs. Each programme focuses on a person who is very important in the world of New Zealand music. Usually it’s a musician, of course...

UB40’s Signing Off – 30th anniversary

Ub40: The 30th Anniversary Of “Signing Off” Documentary by Sam Coley on Mixcloud This is the sound of where I live – including the people I work with, like Paul Long, Sam Coley, Jez Collins and Robin Valk; the music of Birmingham and specifically...

My first movie premiere

Jez introduces his film My friend and colleague Jez (of Dubber and Jez fame) produced a documentary film about music heritage in Birmingham. It’s called Made In Birmingham: Reggae, Punk, Bhangra. Today was the private invitation-only premiere of that film at the...