David Malone (independent filmmaker)

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David Malone
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BornMarch 1962 (age 61)
Other namesGolem XIV (online pseudonym)
Alma materSwarthmore College
Occupation(s)Independent filmmaker, author and politician
Political partyGreen Party of England and Wales
ParentAdrian Malone

David Hugh Malone (born March 1962)[1] is a British independent filmmaker, Green Party politician, and author of The Debt Generation. He has directed television documentaries on philosophy, science and religion, originally broadcast in the United Kingdom by the BBC and Channel 4.

Malone lives in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, and was the Green Party's parliamentary candidate for Scarborough and Whitby in the 2015 and 2017 general elections.

Documentary career[edit]

David Malone was born in North Shields and grew up in 1970s London.[2] His father, Adrian Malone, was also a documentary filmmaker, who produced The Ascent of Man with Jacob Bronowski and directed Cosmos: A Personal Voyage with Carl Sagan.[3] Malone spent nine years in America and studied biological anthropology at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania before joining the BBC Science Department and working there for nine years. He ended up joining the production team for Horizon, a regular documentary series on science and philosophy.[4][5]

Malone then left and started his own documentary company, I-330 Films, and moved to North Yorkshire.[3] I-330 Films was set up in 1995 by David Malone and his brother James Malone.[6] Malone was also listed as one of three Directors of becauseyouthink.tv, alongside David Paterson and Jan Klimkowski.[7] Malone's Testing God was shortlisted for the Royal Television Society's best documentary series award in 2002.[8][9] He is currently a member of the University of Bradford's Film and Media Professional Advisory Board, which ensures the courses and operations of the department remain up-to-date.[10]

In 2016, Malone produced, directed, and co-presented the four-part documentary series Why Are We Here? The programmes followed Malone and his co-presenter Ard Louis as they met scientists and philosophers including Frank Wilczek, Roger Penrose, Gregory Chaitin, and Jane Goodall as they attempted to reconcile questions of meaning and purpose with science.

Political career[edit]

In 2008 Malone began commenting on the financial pages of The Guardian's website about the credit crunch and the ensuing financial crisis under the pseudonym Golem XIV, the name of a military supercomputer in a novel of the same name by the Polish science fiction writer Stanisław Lem. Malone became a fierce critic of the bank bailouts arguing that they would lead to massive cuts in public spending. In November 2010 his book about the crisis, The Debt Generation, was published in the UK by Level Press. It had been edited by Mark Tanner from the different writings he had done in The Guardian's comments section, which had totaled 600 pages of material.[11] In 2013 he was also interviewed over his book by Ross Ashcroft on his 'Renegade Economist' talk show.[12]

Malone has stood for election several times at various levels in Scarborough as a Green Party candidate:

In 2016, Malone stood in the Green Party leadership election, following the announcement that incumbent leader Natalie Bennett would not be standing.[17] He was running his campaign to encourage the party to focus more on finance and economics. During the campaign, he attended hustings and gave interviews to various news outlets covering the election.[18][19] Left Foot Forward speculated that "he is likely to win the support of many not backing the Bartley-Lucas ticket" and "to come in the top three."[20] Voting took place from 25 July to 25 August, and the result was announced on 2 September at the party's Autumn Conference.[21] The result was a victory for Jonathan Bartley and Caroline Lucas, who won as a job share candidacy with 86% of the vote. Malone came second with 956 votes, which equated to 6.1% of the vote.[22]



  • The Debt Generation (edited by Mark Tanner, Level Press, York: 2010), ISBN 0956690203


  • Fossil Heroes (for the BBC's Horizon; 1992)[23]
  • Wot U Lookin' At? (for Horizon; 1993)[24]
  • The Far Side - a 30th anniversary special (for Horizon; 1994)[25]
  • Death Wish: The Untold Story (for Horizon; 1994)[26]
  • Icon Earth (for Horizon; 1995)[27]
  • Tibet: The Ice Mother (for Horizon; 1995)[28]
  • Inside the Internet (for the BBC's Computers Don't Bite; 1997)[29]
  • The Flow of Time (1999)
  • Secrets of the Incas (2000)
  • Testing God (2001),[30] in three episodes:
    Killing the Creator
    Darwin and the Divine
    Credo Ergo Sum
  • Soul Searching (2003),[31] in two episodes:
    Know Thyself
    The Undiscovered Country
  • What We Still Don't Know (2004),[32] in three episodes:
    Are We Alone?
    Why Are We Here?
    Are We Real?
  • Stems Cells: The Promise (2005)[33]
  • Voices In My Head (2006)[34]
  • Dangerous Knowledge (2007)[35]
  • High Anxieties: The Mathematics of Chaos (2008)[36]
  • The Secret Life of Waves (2011)
  • Heart vs Mind: What Makes Us Human? (2012)
  • Metamorphosis: The Science of Change (2013)
  • Why are we here? (2016), in 4 episodes:
    Meaning Seeking Beings
    The Reality of Ideas
    The Animal Within
    The Moral Compass


  1. ^ "David Hugh Malone". Check Company. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  2. ^ Malone, David (2010). The Debt Generation. Lancaster: Level Press. p. vi. ISBN 978-0-9566902-0-3.
  3. ^ a b "David Malone". The Institute of Arts and Ideas. Archived from the original on 5 April 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  4. ^ "About Me". Golem XIV. 7 September 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Why You Should Vote For David Malone". Medium. 25 July 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  6. ^ "I-330". I-330 Films. Archived from the original on 26 June 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Directors". becauseyouthink.tv. Archived from the original on 1 November 2007. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Royal Television Society Programme Awards Nominees 2002". Broadcast Now. 26 February 2002. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  9. ^ "BBC film-maker's talk at Whitby Coliseum". Whitby Gazette. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Film and Media Professional Advisory Board". University of Bradford. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  11. ^ Malone, David (2010). The Debt Generation (Second ed.). Lancaster: Level Press. pp. vii–x. ISBN 978-0-9566902-0-3.
  12. ^ "Renegade Economist Talk Show – In Conversation with David Malone". Renegade Inc. 16 March 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  13. ^ "Election results for Falsgrave". Scarborough Borough Council. Archived from the original on 4 July 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  14. ^ "Falsgrave and Stepney division results". North Yorkshire County Council. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  15. ^ "Next Elections". Scarborough and Whitby Green Party. Archived from the original on 18 December 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  16. ^ "North Yorkshire County Council | Council elections 2017". Archived from the original on 2017-05-10. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  17. ^ Walker, Peter (5 July 2016). "Five candidates in running for Green party leadership". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  18. ^ "ERS Quiz the Green Party Leadership Candidates on Democratic Reform". Electoral Reform Society. 2 August 2016. Archived from the original on 21 October 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  19. ^ Bailey, Tom (20 July 2016). "'Progressive Alliance' takes centre stage at London leadership hustings". Bright Green. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  20. ^ Mortimer, Josiah (26 July 2016). "Meet the Green Party leadership candidates". Left Foot Forward. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  21. ^ "Voting opens in Green Party's leadership contest". BBC News. 25 July 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  22. ^ Hughes, Laura (3 September 2016). "Caroline Lucas elected joint leader of the Green Party in first ever British political job share". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  23. ^ "Fossil Heroes". British Universities Film & Video Council. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  24. ^ "Wot U Lookin' At?". British Universities Film & Video Council. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  25. ^ "Far Side, The". British Universities Film & Video Council. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  26. ^ "Death Wish: The Untold Story". British Universities Film & Video Council. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  27. ^ "Icon Earth". British Universities Film & Video Council. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  28. ^ "Tibet: The Ice Mother". British Universities Film & Video Council. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  29. ^ "Inside the Internet". British Universities Film & Video Council. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  30. ^ "Testing God". British Universities Film & Video Council. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  31. ^ "Soul Searching". British Universities Film & Video Council. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  32. ^ "What We Still Don't Know (2004)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 10 July 2015.[dead link]
  33. ^ "Stem Cells: The Promise". British Universities Film & Video Council. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  34. ^ "Voices in My Head (2006)". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 11 April 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  35. ^ "Dangerous Knowledge". British Universities Film & Video Council. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  36. ^ "High Anxieties: The Mathematics of Chaos". British Universities Film & Video Council. Retrieved 10 July 2015.

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