Adventures In Videoland (The Next Thing)

It has been years since I did any work in TV or film. Years. I had reluctantly closed that chapter. I made my peace and moved on. I was at film school around the time the World Wide Web was kicking off (which makes me feel quite ancient really). Digital video wasn’t even a thing yet. We worked with S-VHS and with a little film. So when I finished my last TV job in Auckland before moving home for lifestyle...

Say ‘Yes’ First, Panic Later

I used to be a lot braver. I used to just push through my fear. I have had limited energy these days for pushing through. Things that require more bravery are exhausting. They often end up in the too hard basket. Though it’s true that I have been a little more fearless in my writing this year, there are still some things beyond this blog that I have held back from. Until now. Lately, God has been bringing opportunities my...

There Is Always A Way Forward

We keep our clothes dryer in our garage. At night I often get Luke to go shut it off because I can’t stand walking across the pitch black room to find the light switch on the other side. There is something disconcerting about being in a space when you cannot see what’s there. This makes me think about the role of struggle in our lives. The dark times we go through can easily threaten to keep us in a place...

Masks, McChickens And Being Truly Seen

In my late teens, before I worked in TV, I used to do a bit of work for More FM in Christchurch. Some voluntary, some paid. As much as I could fit in between my regular bill-paying job at McDonald’s. For a while, I worked on a casual basis doing promotional stuff. One Saturday, we ended up doing a radio promotion at a new McDonalds that had opened up in a service station. Part of that promotion meant meeting Ronald....

Why Your Art Matters To Me

On the 11 th of May 1998, Oxford band Unbelievable Truth realised their first album ‘Almost Here’. The band line up included Nigel Powell, Jason Moulster, Jim Crosskey and front man Andy Yorke, younger brother of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke. At the time Radiohead were still riding out the success of OK Computer, their 1997 critically acclaimed album. It was a far cry from ‘Almost here’, which after receiving some success, subsequently found Unbelievable Truth dropped from their label. I was...