Lee Cogswell and Mark Baxter met on the set for the music video ‘To Find The Spirit’ by the band Stone Foundation.
Mark was chaperoning the actor Calum MacNab for the job, as well as PRing for a couple of the clothing brands that featured in the video and Lee was essentially the one man crew on the shoot.
Lee had already made numerous music videos and the short film in 2013 on the soul singer Nolan Porter called ‘Keep On Keepin’ On’. Mark had had twelve books published and was now looking for a fresh challenge, namely to make a film.
So impressed with the final product that was made on that day, Baxter immediately called Lee and told him of his plans to make a documentary on the the UK’s finest jazz musician, Londoner Tubby Hayes.
Lee liked that idea and Mono Media Films was born, with Mark as writer/producer and Lee the camera/sound man, as well as editor and creative director. After two and half years work, which included raising the finance, their film ‘Tubby Hayes – A Man in a Hurry’ was released on DVD to overwhelming critical acclaim in October 2015. The film has gone on to be screened all over the UK, Europe, the US and Japan.
Lee made the EPK for the feature film ‘Jawbone’ in 2016 starring Johnny Harris, Michael Smiley, Ray Winstone and Ian McShane. Mark was an associate producer on the project. The Film was released by BBC Films to huge critical acclaim in early 2017.
May 2017 saw the release of another EPK, again shot and edited by Lee, this time for the Paul Weller album ‘A Kind Revolution’.
Sky Arts commissioned the pair, for a look at the musical influence and subsequent album artwork by renowned artist Sir Peter Blake. The film ‘Pop Art Life’ was aired in December 2017 and was a co-production between Mono Media Films and Channel X.
‘John Simons – A Modernist’ – a look at the life of the legendary London clothing retailer John Simons was their second independent film and released in April 2018, to sell out screenings and overwhelming critical acclaim.
The record companies Acid Jazz and PIAS, then commissioned Mark and Lee to make a retrospective look at the life and music of underground soul great LeRoy Hutson for the company Apple. ‘The Man! – LeRoy Hutson’ was released on-line in five parts over the spring/summer of 2018.
September 2018 saw Mono Media Films commissioned by Parlophone Records to make two music videos for two songs, ‘Movin’ On’ and ‘White Horses’, from the ‘True Meanings’ album by Paul Weller. Lee also made the ‘True Meanings’ EPK for Parlophone.
Mono Media films currently have a short on line documentary, as well as their third fully independent documentary in production.