Brett Walpole


Film and I have had a rather rocky affair over the years, leading to, or at least occuring at the same time as a series of difficult times in my personal development. With the seed of an idea whilst in my second year studying Philosophy at Selwyn College, Cambridge University, I began devouring 'Empire' and 'Sight and Sound' magazines.  Three or four films a week at the amazing Cambridge Arts Cinema was not uncommon, sometimes alone, sometimes with friends. These were mostly foreign, usually European films, and a far cry from the largely American movies on general release, although I went to see as many of those as I could as well. The idea of becoming a Director grew quickly, afterall what kind of job does a Philosophy degree lead to?

I bought a second hand Super 8 camera at a fair.  The results of carrying this around with me wherever I went in the world are included here.  It is the most portable of cinematic devices and it is a genuine film format.

Upon leaving University I worked briefly for an ex-BBC Producer who was shooting a 16mm short. Then I managed to get a job as a Runner at Tiger Aspect TV in London.  This was a horrible job, walking the streets all day, delivering all manner of things to all kinds of places. I did get to know the West End, and Soho in particular, very well however.

It was clear, with few contacts in the business, I needed to go to film school. I chose the Vancouver Film School because it promised to be the best prospect of becoming a Writer and Director which was where my ambitions lay. Nine months there was a blast but there was a very dark and negative side to my experience there too and I came home a nervous wreck.

Having concentrated on writing both novels and screenplays, somehow I carried my interests through thick and thin. Some twenty years later having always had one eye on filmmaking, I enrolled on the one year, Master of Arts Filmaking course at The University for the Creative Arts in my hometown.  I was not happy there, being a bit of a square peg in a round hole, and I left half-way through the course rather disillusioned.  

Since then I have completed many writing projects and started, and now completed, this Website. I believe I have done what I set out to achieve with it by bringing all my work together in one place for others to enjoy and for me to meditate upon.