We’ve just wrapped up on another successful Chapel Allerton Short Film Festival, won in the audience vote by a Sheffield Hallam alumni, and I’m currently gearing up for start of term at same university where I teach on a couple of theory and practical modules. I’ve been able to to take full advantage of my new academic schedule this summer by finally getting to a rough cut stage on my long standing archive based documentary that has come down from its original intended feature length format and all the better for it! I also was lucky enough to be invited to oversee the edit on a short film-making course at the London Met Film School and spend a week taking in the splendid history of its location: Ealing Studios. Still very much an operational studio though – Downton Abbey was shooting on one of the sound stages. Earlier in the summer we had useful trips to Leiden in Holland, as well as to film festivals in Motuvun, Croatia – extraordinary – and Cannes – ever wonderful! Finally, we’re just in the edit on a promo for the Leeds West Indian Carnival which required a slightly damp but fun day’s local filming on August bank holiday Monday.