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  • News… [+]

    Two lovely radio programmes made by Frances Byrnes at The Rockethouse have gone out recently on Radio 4.

    The Sprung Floor

    Dancer and choreographer Dane Hurst has bought a former Rambert Company vinyl dance floor to take back to his home in South Africa, for under-privileged children to dance on.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b079njxk

    An Excellent Dumb Discourse: Shakespeare in Silence

    Isn't silent Shakespeare an oxymoron? All that's nuanced, beautiful, meaningful in the poetry - silenced. Yet between 1899 and 1927, when the first commercial sound film was released, nearly three hundred Shakespeare films were made. Presented by Professor Judith Buchanan. Produced by Frances Byrnes

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0773ld6

  • A Scrapbook… [+]

    …. of images and quotes (mainly from the movies) which I found inspiring.


    Kubrick when talking of The Shining cites an essay by H. P. Lovecraft in which the author says, "In all things that are mysterious -- never explain"

    Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago. - Bernard Berenson


    My movie is born first in my head, dies on paper; is resuscitated by the living persons and real objects I use, which are killed on film but, placed in a certain order and projected on to a screen, come to life again like flowers in water. - Robert Bresson


    1930's photo of a Japanese street storyteller.

Rockethouse is a bijou company that creates radio, sound design, film and other delights.


The view from the office carpark.
Director Matt Thompson worked for many years with
Nigel Acheson.