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HOAXVILLE

The process diary of film director Glendyn Ivin

SECRETS AND LIES

Glendyn Ivin

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Secrets and Lies (60 pages, colour, hardcover) is a very limited edition book of photographs from The Cry. The images range from location scouting photos, portraits, behind the scenes, details and visual explorations many of which became frames in the series. There is also storyboards, script notes and an introduction. ) NB: Not for sale.

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Excerpt from the introduction…

On one of our first days of shooting The Cry we were setting up for a scene between Ewen and Jenna in the backyard of ‘Elizabeths house’. In the scene, ‘Alistair’ schools ‘Joanna’ in how to behave in an upcoming press conference. We blocked and talked through the beats of the scene and now adjustments to lighting and camera were being made and there was the usual commotion of crew getting ready to shoot.

More often than not actors step off set during this time but Jenna chose to stay seated where the scene would take place. From behind my monitors I watched Jenna take a deep breath and gently closed her eyes and exhale. At first I thought it might be jet lag, but as the crew worked around her, Jenna sat still, eyes closed and seemingly unaware of the work going on around her. After five minutes or so, even when ‘final checks’ were called, her eyes remained closed as the hair and make- up departments moved in and made their final adjustments to her.

It wasn’t until all the crew had fallen silent and “Action!” was called that Jenna then opened her eyes and ‘Joan- na’s’ world, began. I realised then, that if we were to find our way through this complex story, I also had to filter out all the noise of the ‘real world’ and find myself present in the ever shifting, fractured realities of The Cry.

The images in this book are some of my own moments of stillness within those parallel realities that closely coiled around each other. The spiralling layers of tone, atmosphere, the look, the feel, the secrets and lies. The physical world of what we eventually called ‘the vortex’ of The Cry.

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THE FLAMES OF ANGELS

Glendyn Ivin

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Saw the New Year in quietly with some country fireworks and a swim on New Years day. 2018 was a huge year for me a director and us all as a family. 2019 promises more good things along with some challenges. Wishing you a creative year ahead!

RAY AND LIZ ARE A LAUGH

Glendyn Ivin

Richard Billingham’s book Ray’s A Laugh (below) changed the way I saw photography and has inspired me directly and indirectly over the years.

I’m very keen to see the film Ray and Liz (above) which is like watching Richards’ photographs come to life. Ray and Liz seems to be sitting in that sweet grey area where documentary and drama blur and dissolve and hopefully becomes something altogether new.

THE CRY U.K AIR DATE

Glendyn Ivin

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The Cry goes to air on BBC1 in the U.K this Sunday night (Sept, 30th). I’m very proud of this series and everyone who worked so tirelessly to make it as good as it can be. Amazing writing by Jac Perske who I worked with on Seven Types Of Ambiguity. I’ve worked on The Cry for close to a year and we have only just finished polishing the first episode. Usually a series sits on the shelf for a little while giving a chance for all the stress and tiredness to fade… but this quick turn around feels like it’s going out into the world with the paint still wet ; )

Really looking forward to people seeing it… especially the incredible performances from our amazing cast but in particular Jenna Coleman and Ewen Leslie who are both incredible. There are certain sequences and moments in this series that even though I helped conceive them, directed them, edited and watched them over and over and over, I’m still completely in awe.

SPOTTING OTTERS

Glendyn Ivin

We spent the weekend exploring part of the remote Scottish west coast. Ring Of Bright Water, one of Natalie and my favourite films was shot around here and we were lucky enough to spot a pair of Otters playing along the coastline. So beautiful. 

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