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…

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 Kings...

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...