Retrospective feature on The Muppet Christmas Carol, timed for its 30th anniversary re-release. Includes exclusive interviews with director Brian Henson, Muppet performer Dave Goelz, and songwriter Paul Williams. Empire, December 2022.
Feature on the history of James Bond video games, timed to coincide with the release of No Time to Die. Interviewees include the writers Danny Bilson and Raymond Benson. Wireframe issue #54, September 2021. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on Neil Marshall’s The Reckoning, based on world exclusive access to the set in Hungary. Includes interviews with Marshall, Charlotte Kirk, Sean Pertwee and other cast and crew. The Telegraph, 4 February 2021.
Retrospective feature on the 2003 video game Enter the Matrix. Includes interviews with producers David Perry and Rosanna Sun, and actor Anthony Brandon Wong. Wireframe issue #45, December 2020. Click here for the PDF.
The unlikely story of Robert Altman’s Popeye, on the occasion of its 40th anniversary. Includes interviews with production manager Frederick Muller and musician Van Dyke Parks. The Telegraph, 6 December 2020.
Retrospective feature on Warren Beatty’s 1990 curio Dick Tracy, marking the film’s 30th anniversary. Includes interviews with crime writer Max Allan Collins and actor Charlie Korsmo. The Telegraph, 12 June 2020.
Retrospective feature on the Pet Shop Boys’ 1987 film It Couldn’t Happen Here. Includes interviews with director Jack Bond and other crew and cast. Film Stories issue #16, June 2020. Click here for the PDF.
The Amazon bestseller Bohemian Rhapsody: The Inside Story, published worldwide in October 2018 to coincide with the release of the film. Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor wrote the foreword.
Feature on director Corin Hardy’s Conjuring spin-off The Nun, from exclusive access to the set in Transylvania. Includes interviews with Hardy, writer Gary Dauberman and cast. Empire, September 2018. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on the ridiculous history of the Death Wish series. Includes interviews with Eli Roth, Alex Winter and Edgar Wright. Empire, April 2018. Click here for the PDF.
Cover feature on Hellraiser: Judgment, comprising a long interview with the director, Gary Tunnicliffe. Originally published in Scream magazine, April 2018. Click here for the PDF.
The Amazon bestseller Alien: Augmented Reality Survival Manual, published in the UK and and the US in October 2017. The “Augmented Reality” aspect refers to an award-winning app that makes the book interactive.
Cover feature on War For the Planet of the Apes, based on days of exclusive access in Vancouver and Los Angeles. Includes interviews with Matt Reeves, Andy Serkis and Woody Harrelson. Empire, July 2017. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on Ghost in the Shell, the writing of which took me to Wellington and Tokyo. Includes interviews with Scarlett Johansson and Takeshi Kitano. Empire, April 2017. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on the director Oliver Stone, timed for the release of Snowden. Includes interviews with Josh Brolin, John C. McGinley and Eric Bogosian. Empire, October 2016. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on the grand folly of On Deadly Ground, Steven Seagal’s only film (to date) as director. Empire, August 2016. Click here for the PDF.
Back in the Swing of Things (Empire, July 2016). Feature on David Yates’ The Legend of Tarzan, from exclusive access to the Leavesden set. See also Planet of the Ape-Man (Empire, September 2012), a history for the Tarzan centenary.
Who Killed The Last Boy Scout? Feature on Tony Scott’s chaotic action classic: the story of the battle of egos between Scott, Joel Silver, Bruce Willis and Shane Black. The Telegraph, 31 May, 2016.
Feature on the Coen Brothers. Includes interviews with George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Billy Bob Thornton, Tilda Swinton and other Coen regulars. Empire, March 2016. Click here for the PDF.
Cover feature on Deadpool, from exclusive access to the Vancouver set. Includes interviews with Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller. Empire, February 2016. Click here for the PDF. Related links collected here.
Feature on The Hallow, from exclusive access to the set in County Galway and the edit suite in East Sussex. Includes interviews with director Corin Hardy and cast. Fangoria, November 2015. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton, from exclusive access to the LA set. Includes interviews with Ice Cube, director F. Gary Gray and cast. Empire, September 2015. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on the Star Wars spin-off Ewok movies Caravan of Courage and The Battle For Endor. Empire, September 2015. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on Fast & Furious 7 from exclusive access in LA. Includes interviews with James Wan, Vin Diesel and most of the principal F&F cast. Empire, April 2015. I take no responsibility for that headline. Click here for the PDF.
The Last Video Shop. A feature for The Guardian (7 October, 2014) about 20th Century Flicks: a long-established indie still renting DVD and VHS in my former home town of Bristol. Includes scandal about Simon Pegg.
Retrospective feature for the 20th anniversary of Braveheart. Includes interviews with Mel Gibson, Brendan Gleeson and cinematographer John Toll. Empire, July 2014. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on the strange history of St Bride’s, a 1980s programming house that doubled as a boarding school-themed women’s retreat. GamesTM, January 2014. Reprinted in Retro Gamer, November 2020 and the basis of a BBC podcast series in 2022.
Feature on DC/Vertigo’s Hellblazer, marking the end of its original run at issue #300. Includes interviews with writers Jamie Delano, Brian Azzarello, Mike Carey and Peter Milligan. Fangoria, April 2013. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on the history of Fangoria magazine, written for an Empire horror special. Includes interviews with several former Fango editors. Empire, April 2013. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on the history and making of Predator, structured to be accompanied by a map (beautifully drawn by Peter Strain). Originally published in Empire, November 2012. Click here for the PDF.
The history of Clive Barker’s compromised Nightbreed. Includes interviews with Barker, Doug Bradley and other cast and crew. Empire, September 2012. Click here for the PDF. Full transcript of the Barker interview here.
Feature for James Bond’s 50th anniversary on the opening sequence of GoldenEye. Includes interviews with director Martin Campbell and other cast and crew. Empire, June 2012. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on Labyrinth with a side piece on The Dark Crystal. Part of a Jim Henson special. Includes interviews with Terry Jones, Brian Froud and Dave Goelz. Empire, February 2012. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on the making of Stand By Me, including interviews with Rob Reiner, Corey Feldman, Will Wheaton and other cast and crew. Empire, August 2011. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on Roger Corman’s 1980 Star Wars knock-off Battle Beyond the Stars. Includes interviews with Sybil Danning and director Jimmy Murakami. Empire, March 2011. Click here for the PDF.
Conan the Rebooted (Empire, April 2011). Optimistic feature on the ill-fated Conan the Barbarian, including interviews with Marcus Nispel and Jason Momoa. See also Conan the Unmade (Empire, May 2010).
Feature on the phenomenon of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy. Written in anticipation of David Fincher’s film of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Empire, December 2010. Click here for the PDF.
Feature on the unwieldy Highlander franchise, covering the five movies plus the TV series. Includes interviews with Russell Mulcahy and Adrian Paul. Empire, July 2009. Click here for the PDF.