Dear Araucaria – Doc for The Guardian

as Focus Puller

Much-missed and much-loved Guardian cryptic crossword setter John Graham (also known as Araucaria) died in 2013, appropriately revealing his terminal cancer to his fans through a series of clues. Possibly the only crossword setter who received fan mail, this documentary shot shortly before his death features Araucaria explaining his puzzle-making process and remembering a happy life spent in the countryside solving and setting crosswords for his adoring solvers on whom he had a dramatic impact.

DOP – John Craine

Dir – Matt Houghton

The Downbeat Trailer (2010)

‘THE DOWNBEAT’ (2010) Trailer  © London Film School

Directed by James Hills


A failed Polish Blues musician with a life of regrets is leading a double life in London.

With a boss who bullies him and a wife who can’t rely on him, Michal only has one thing that makes him feel good about himself –  music.  By day he is an unwilling mechanic unable to earn enough money to support his family.  By night he sings and plays the Blues onstage.

Although Michal and his wife Olivia are struggling to get their son into a university and a white collar job, seventeen year old Casper has caught the Blues bug from his father.   Now it is up to Michal to decide Casper’s fate.  Should his son choose a career founded on passion or security?