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Artist and Filmmaker Gary Thomas looks at the relationship between art and film, why it's sometimes uncomfortable, and how he deals with his own 'strands', (including disability), both personally and professionally. He'll also be writing about his own work as well as developing other projects, including films about the Olympics.

My first live one man show.

27 April 2013

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Postcard layout advertising the show Hidden, with a pic of Jonny Collis

HIDDEN Performance. What an amazing, spectacular day it was yesterday. My one man show, starring Jonny Collis, called ‘Hidden’ had its premiere at the first Disability Arts In Surrey Festival to around 20-30 people - not bad for 10am on a Friday morning! Jonny did a fantastic job, and I couldn’t have asked for anything more from his performance. The show was based around my own experience of what I call psychosis after a stop & search by Police in London when I was 26...

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I want what????

3 June 2013

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An ad for Beauty and the freak show in Vegas, with Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz

“Women have to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves.  We have to step up as women and take the lead, and reach as high as humanly possible. That’s what I’m going to do, that’s my philosophy.”
- Beyoncé in her documentary ‘Life is but a dream’. I was really taken by the above quote as I was watching a BBC documentary about Beyoncé. She was talking about her performance on the Billboard chart show in the US, and said...

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This world that we live in...

27 September 2013

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Still from Madonna's film with quote 'Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.'

“Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead.” Adele. As I sit here I'm thinking about the World that we live in. It is 11.12 am and I have just got up having not gone to bed until 4am last night. I wasn’t thinking about anything major last night, I just forgot to take my tablets, and so, naturally, as always happens when I do that, I didn’t sleep much. Once I got to sleep, funnily enough, I slept really well. I watched the Madonna interview about...

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Here's my round up of last year

16 January 2014

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Cover Of 'Straight Men & The Men Who Love Them 3' DVD release

End Of Year Round Up. By Gary Thomas So, that was 2013. No seriously, I did a quick check, and that’s the end of it. I was hoping to hear some news, but haven’t heard, so will have to wait a bit longer for that. Whilst there’s a few things I’m struggling to remember, there’s nothing I particularly want to forget, which must be a good sign. The year started with me directing a music video for Rob Lever’s song ‘If This Isn’t Love’, which...

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Come And Support Our Time Travel Football Film!

26 May 2014

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Film Poster for the new film 'Extra Time' starring Charlie Ross and Louise Jameson

Show Me The Money! So said Tom Cruise to Cuba Gooding Jr in that show me the money movie (oh I mean, Jerry Maguire). So together with my producer we’ve launched our first crowd funding campaign and I have to say its been interesting. This for a film where we have former Dr. Who star Louise Jameson (The Tom Baker years) attached, and will be working with stunt men a long with an entire football team for the first time. After making ten (or is it eleven?) films we’re going up the...

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Robin Williams & lots of talk about suicide.

12 August 2014

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portrait of the American actor Robin Williams

In the wake of Robin Williams death, at the time I’m writing this there’s still no confirmation of how (do we really need to know?) but there’s a lot of talk about suicide. With this in mind, here’s a couple of scenes from my one man play, written last year, and based on personal experience I had some years ago. I feel distant from these feelings now, and am grateful for that, as its allowed me to write about it in this and my book. I will never forget that I’m one...

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Mad Men?

24 August 2014

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Don Draper at work, doing what he does best.

*includes spoilers to the series* I’ve just watched Season 6 of Mad Men, the American drama series which airs in the UK on Sky Atlantic. I’ve watched it on DVD, so I’ve seen the last five episodes one after the other with one sleep in between, waking up wanting to know what happens next. Mad Men, about the advertising agency biz in 1960’s New York, has been great to watch, but also left me wondering about characters, main characters specifically. I read an article online...

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When Is Giving Up Not Giving Up?

18 November 2014

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image of an old typewriter

It’s almost a month since I went to the annual London Screenwriters Festival, and as with previous years, it was a great experience. It was made easier this year (awesomely easier) by the fact that I gave up my pitching ticket at around 4pm the day before I pitched. The festival runs from the Friday – Sunday, and like most years, they do optional training that week. So I was super excited (awesomely exited) to go to the Lee Jessup Career Transformation Day. This was exciting to me...

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Where is my place in the world?

26 June 2015

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Movie Poster for Universal Pictures 'Jurassic World'

I’ve just seen Jurassic World. And whilst it didn’t have any obvious disabled characters in it (apart from after someone’s survived being half eaten) it really got me thinking about my place in the world as a story teller. What would my franchise be? What is my career path as a director? I’ve been making short films since 2003. It’s now 2015. That’s over ten years of making films, most of which have been funded by Arts Council England. I find myself, as...

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Live live live!

27 March 2016

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Super excited to announce numerous things I’ll be working on this year: In December last year, shortly after a friend posted about it on Facebook, I applied to The Wandsworth Fringe for funding to do a new version of my one man play ‘Hidden’ during the fringe in May. This was one of the few funding applications I’ve done all on my own (including the budget!) and I was delighted when I found out I was successful. Yay! So this means I’ll be producing my one man play...

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Gary asks what is the difference between film, and artist film & video?

29 October 2011

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two photos of men collaged, one on top of the other

As I walked around Tate Modern in 2002 I was struck by so many things while watching Eija-Liisa Ahtila's work. My main question was, 'Why is this Art?' How is it the Arts Council don't fund film yet this has clearly been deemed as art by others with suitable knowledge? This was before I spent a year working on my first Arts Council application with Abbie Norris, and before I was successful in receiving my first commission from DADA-South (largely inspired by Eija's work). During that time I...

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A (short) review of Frieze 2011 Art Fair

3 October 2011

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Frieze Art Fair 2011 banner image

As I walked into The Frieze Art Fair I was confronted with a lot of reflected spinning discs which were suspended from atop the marquee, which immediately made me very disorientated. Not a great start, but interesting nonetheless. Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, had a number of impressive pieces, mainly photographs (which is probably why I liked them) but also paintings and sculpture. Yvonne Lambert, Paris was also fairly impressive, with colourful works in neon as well as paintings with text...

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I don’t need step free access but….

2 September 2011

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So my time at the Edinburgh Festival is almost at an end, I’m staying tonight and going back to Glasgow tomorrow. Two more shows, one late one 11.10pm start, for goodness sake! Though my friend is in it so I really want to see it. Anyway, that aside, it’s been an interesting experience having been here only ever for the film festival. When the film festival was on in August I used to never have time to do anything else other than see films, as that’s what I wanted to do, but...

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Booking special assistance

1 September 2011

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disability access symbols with an added symbol with a question mark and exclamation mark

I am at the station on the way to Gatwick Airport. I still have a headache six days after a random assault. (I was rugby tackled to the ground from behind, kicked in the face / head and three times in the ribs before I ran.) I feel more fragile than normal, aside from everything else, and yet I was pondering over whether I'm entitled to special assistance when I get to the airport. I wonder if many people with 'hidden disabilities' have this feeling. It's a feeling of... well, having to explain...

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Images of Disability from the Royal College of Physicians

4 August 2011

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sepia illustration of a bewigged gentleman of short stature

Whilst on the way to see the new Shape exhibition, 'Re-framing disability: portraits from the Royal College of Physicians', I was watching the classic 1967 film ‘Guess who's coming to dinner’ on the train. I was struck by how much I knew about the film having only seen it once a few years ago. I went to the Re-Framing Disability exhibition and realised I knew nearly all the people that worked on it. But I wondered why not just have new images of disability, and people’s views...

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New Art at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes

3 August 2011

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photo of a car boot sale by Frazer Waller

I had a very positive meeting with Head of Learning, Emma Fry at MK Gallery in Milton Keynes. They're developing lots of new initiatives to support Artist film and video, including the creation of a permanent gallery for the work; and the programming of more workshops and expansion of the number of artists they work with. We also chatted briefly about the galleries relationship with the Turner Prize, as I was interested in this aspect of the arts and in particular how I might get to know more...

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Gary talks to Mark Lever about their film 'Moving In'

6 November 2011

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Last year I worked with Mark Lever on 'Moving In', a comedy drama about University life. I directed the pilot episode, which can be seen on youtube. I interviewed Mark about the process and how it came about. So how did Moving In come together? Moving In spawned from an idea I had about this family where, the main character, (Michael) has Asperger's Syndrome. I wanted to explore how he dealt with things when he first goes to college and has this support assistant breathing down his neck at...

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