Mono Media Films began, when myself and Mark met, back in 2013. And so, as this decade draws to a close, I’ve looked back at the work we’ve achieved so far. I could never have imagined where this would lead to.
Our independently made documentary films were really well received and have been screened all over the world. These were made with a lot of passion and hard work, both on niche subjects, they somehow seemed to find audiences far bigger than we expected.
Our first big project as MMF, Tubby Hayes: A Man in a Hurry was narrated by Martin Freeman and featured Sir Peter Blake, Michael Horowitz, Jeffrey Kruger, Ray Gelato.
John Simons: A Modernist featured, amongst others, Paul Weller, Kevin Rowland, Suggs, John Hegarty and Robert Elms.
We teamed up with Channel X to create Peter Blake: Pop Art Life, commissioned by Sky Arts. We looked at the work Sir Peter Blake created over his career within the world of music. This was a real big one for us. This doc featured Sir Peter Blake, Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher, Suggs, Chris Jagger and Bob Geldof.
We had the pleasure of being on set and documenting the making of the film JAWBONE, interviewing director Thomas Napper, writer and lead actor Johnny Harris, actors Ray Winstone, Michael Smiley and Ian McShane, trainer Barry McGuigan and sound track composer Paul Weller. We have also made ‘behind the scenes’ docs for Sulphur & White and the short film Beverley.
We created lots of work with musicians and bands.
With Stone Foundation, we made many music videos (featuring Calum MacNab, Steve Furst and Andy Nyman), we made EPKs for several of their recent albums, filmed and edited the live show ‘Live Rituals’, I traveled with the band, documenting their first trip to Japan and also made the short documentary Keep On Keepin’ On about the band’s collaboration with soul legend Nolan Porter.
For Paul Weller, we created EPKs about his albums ‘A Kind Revolution’ and ‘True Meanings’. Spending time in the studio while Paul records is fascinating and always an education. We made music videos for his song White Horses, probably the piece of work I am most proud of, and for Movin On, with artist Ed Gray. We made the short film First Day that was shown in cinemas alongside Paul’s 2018 Royal Festival Hall gig and we also filmed and edited The Black Barn Sessions featuring Miles Kane and Samm Henshaw.
We made a short doc called If Destroyed Still True with Pete Williams about his album H.O.L.L.A.N.D. and a short film with Kris Halpin, The Gloves Are On, about his 2016 adventures with the Mi.mu gloves. We made performance promos with Steve Pilgrim featuring Double Bass man Danny Thompson and a music video for Mark Butcher.
We made a short documentary piece about LeRoy Hutson, The Man!, for Acid Jazz Records and PIAS that was released by Apple. For this we interviewed Craig Charles, Norman Jay MBE, Femi Fem, Andrew Levy and Simon Bartholomew.
As a Beatles fan, it was incredible to get to spend a day at Abbey Road in Studio 2, documenting album recording with the band The Moons.
DJ Gary Crowley was the subject of a 10 minute profile piece, The Life, Music & Hairstyles of Gary Crowley, Commissioned by Demon Records and Modfather Clothing. Always a pleasure to work with GC.
It’s hard to believe how many great projects we’ve had the privilege of being involved with so far.
We’re a small team but we’re passionate about what we do. We’re currently in the edit, on a feature length TV documentary due for release in 2020. More on that in due course.
Thank you, to everybody we’ve had the pleasure to work alongside and to those that have supported us and followed the work we’ve done.
Happy New Year. Happy New Decade. Much love, all.
Episode 1 featuring Miles Kane and The Mysterines.
Episode 2 featuring Samm Henshaw and Villagers.
Episode 3 features Connie Constance, Villagers’ Conor O’Brien and Paul and his band give “Woo Sé Mama” from “A Kind Revolution” the live treatment.
Episode 4 features Miles Kane and The Mysterines performing ‘I Walk on Guilded Splinters’ with Paul and his band.
We had a great time making The Black Barn Sessions. Here are some behind the scenes photographs by Yvonne Cogswell.
Back in July, we spent a couple of days at Black Barn Studios, to film this new project. Hopefully, the first of many episodes.
Paul Weller Presents The Black Barn Sessions.
“I’ve wanted to have a go at my own TV content for a while now. This is me choosing some of my favourite talent that’s out there at the moment and us just plugging in and playing live in my studio “Black Barn”. We had a great time making this and I hope everyone enjoys what we’ve done” – Paul Weller
This December, Paul unveils an exciting new project! Inviting some of his favourite talents to his studio ‘Black Barn’! The first of the special four-part series of musical sessions will be released on Friday.
Subscribe the the YouTube Channel, to be first to see each instalment.
Here’s a promo we recently made for Mark Butcher, for his single “COUNTRY“.
“COUNTRY” is the first single from Mark Butcher’s 2nd album, “Now Playing“.
Available on digital platforms with the B-side, “Feel Nothing” from June 28th ’19.
We filmed them performing the song “Magic Strings” for Around the world in 80 plays, a project remembering guitarist Bert Jansch.
See more about the project at 80plays.bertjanschfoundation.org
Last night, our short film “THE FIRST DAY” was screened in Vue cinema’s across the UK, alongside Paul Weller‘s Royal Festival Hall gig.
Also available to watch on Vimeo.
Shot and Edited by Lee Cogswell
Produced by Mark Baxter
From Gary Crowley:
I’m a big fan of the documentaries that Mono Media Films have made (Sir Peter Blake, John Simons, Tubby Hayes, Paul Weller) and to have Lee Cogswell and Mark Baxter tell my story on film means a lot.
To coincide with the release of my #gclost80s compilation on Friday it is now ready to view.
And many thanks to those cool folk at Demon Records and Modfather Clothing for also making it happen.
We’ve called the mini doc “The Life, Music & Hairstyles of Gary Crowley”…and I think once you’ve seen it you’ll know why!
In 2016, we had the pleasure of being on set and documenting the making of the film JAWBONE.
Shot and Edited by Lee Cogswell
Additional Footage & Photographs by EMU Films
Jawbone is a 2017 British drama film directed by Thomas Q. Napper and written by Johnny Harris.
Released in May 2017, the film stars Johnny Harris as Jimmy McCabe, Ray Winstone as William ‘Bill’ Carney, Ian McShane as Joe Padgett and Michael Smiley as Eddie.
The soundtrack to the film was composed and recorded by Paul Weller.