London Short Film Festival 2012

Huge Thanks to London Short Film Festival for selecting to screen
The Hardest Fight at what The Guardian describes as
‘The Best Short Film Festival in the World’ during Festival Week 6-15th January. 2012 – it really means a lot!!!!
Showing as part of the New Shorts #12 Night of the Living Docs the ever-popular documentary marathon returns to the Roxy Bar & Screen at 18.30 on January 10th, 2012 with a double bill of the very best in short documentary.
The Hardest Fight was the first short film I ever made and I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that, at the time, I didn’t really have a clue what I was doing – just a desire to do it.
I feel truly honoured to be included in the selection and look forward to being there on the night.

The Hardest Fight by John Hicks

Dark Days

Dark Days is an inspiring documentary by Marc Singer about a group of homeless people living in abandoned subway tunnels under the beating heart of New York City.
Apart from the vagabond vagrants whose stories are told in shocking detail throughout I’m inspired by the fact that, before he made this film, Singer had never even picked up a camera – much less knew how to use one.
Driven simply by the desire to highlight their plight and move them up the housing ladder, Singer originally intended to shoot on Super 8 but was persuaded to rent a 16mm camera instead.
He planned to shoot for a week but two and a half years later he still had free use of the camera and when he ran out of film Kodak supplied damaged stock, at no cost, for the continuation of the project.
The film’s crew consisted of the subjects themselves, who rigged up makeshift lighting by tapping into the mains supply and improvised steadicam dollies for tracking shots from supermarket shopping trollies.
Dark Days is an amazing collaboration which proves that the most important aspect of film making is integrity, a genuine belief and passion for what you’re doing. and, as Singer himself says, ‘not to be afraid to fail’.
In today’s crazy celebrity driven world where endorsement of equipment is often more important than the actual content of the movie, I found this this film both thought provoking and enlightening.

Dark Days by Marc Singer

LZB InSight Interview with John Hicks

Thanks to the guys at LookZoomBook for taking the time to talk to me in this LZB InSight Interview with John Hicks

LZB InSight John Hicks InterView

Tattoos and Taboos

I don’t have any tattoos.
I don’t think I could.
I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to needles.
When I got my ear pierced at 15 I fainted on the High Street outside the shop and forever lost my chance to look cool in front of the girl I was trying so hard to impress.
But I’m fascinated by people who put themselves under the needle to adorn their bodies in ink.
While getting a tattoo is now so commonplace as to be considered ‘normal’ what makes someone want to go beyond convention and express themselves through the artwork on their bodies.
Exploring areas of taboos and tattoos I’m indebted to Emma Garrard and Joe Munroe for inviting me into their world.

George Portrait by John Hicks

Joe Munroe Tattoo Artist by john Hicks

Deryn Tattoo Artist by John Hicks

Chris Tattoo portrait by John Hicks

Tattoo Artist by John Hicks

Sara Tattoo by John Hicks

Self Made Tattoo by John Hicks

Justin Tattoo by John Hicks

Emma Tattoo Artist by John Hicks