John Walsh (filmmaker)
|Education||London Film School|
ToryBoy The Movie
Headhunting The Homeless
John Walsh is a filmmaker and author. He is the founder of the film company Walsh Bros. Ltd. His film work on subjects such as social mobility and social justice have received two BAFTA nominations.
Early life and education
A filmmaker from a young age, Walsh had his first super-8 camera by the age of ten. At the age of 18 he was the youngest student accepted to the London Film School in 1989 where his documentary work got him noticed with his film on stop-motion animation filmmaker Ray Harryhausen. Walsh graduated from the London Film School in 1990 or 1991, according to its blog. Walsh is a Trustee of the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation.
In 2010, Walsh stood as a Parliamentary candidate in the 2010 General Election and made the gonzo-style documentary feature film Tory Boy The Movie which was released in cinemas in 2011 and 2012. The film follows Walsh as he becomes a Conservative candidate after a lifetime of voting Labour. In the film, he claims that Sir Stuart Bell, the Labour Party's MP in Middlesbrough, is absent so often from Middlesbrough that he is an unsuitable candidate. According to Richard Moss, the political editor for BBC North East & Cumbria, "some silliness aside, it is a thought-provoking insight into the way our political system works or doesn't work on the ground." It was subsequently nominated for the Grierson Awards for "Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme". The film received a re-release in cinemas in 2015 in the lead-up to the 2015 UK General Election. The student union at Teesside University cancelled a screening of it in 2015.
In 2014 Walsh's remastered version of the film Monarch was released. The original negative for the film had been lost. The film starred late Irish stage and screen actor T. P. McKenna and Jean Marsh. This subsequently led to cinema showing starting at the Tricycle Cinema.
The BAFTA-nominated 2010 film My Life: Karate Kids for the first time tackled issues of bullying among disabled children. It was narrated by David Tennant. This is also one of the most repeated documentaries in BBC history.
The Monte Carlo Golden Nymph Award nominated  BBC film Toy Soldiers, made in 2010 and screened in 2014, presented the point of view of the bereaved children of UK service personnel. Walsh discussed this on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme. According to the blog of the private medidcal service Dr Mortons, the film was mentioned positively by retired psychiatrist Geraldine Walford, who said it had been shown in schools across the country. It was also nominated for Foundation Prix Jeunesse in 2012.[better source needed]
Walsh's three-part Grierson Trust-nominated BBC series Headhunting The Homeless was part of the BBC's 120 most treasured programmes of the first half of 2003 in the corporation's drive to convince its critics that the licence fee should not be abolished. The Guardian described the series as "truly touching" and also chose it as their Pick of the Day.
Walsh Bros Ltd.
Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation
Walsh has been a Trustee of the Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation since 2014. He first met with Ray Harryhausen in the late 1980s as a film student of the London Film School and in 1990 wrote and directed a 15-minute documentary entitled Ray Harryhausen: Movement Into Life, narrated by Tom Baker.
Walsh filmed and recorded commentary tracks with Ray Harryhausen in his London home commencing 17 May 2012. Since that date recordings were made for Clash of The Titans, Mysterious Island, The 3 Worlds of Gulliver, First Men in the Moon with Randy Cook, The Valley of Gwangi with his daughter Vanessa Harryhausen, One Million Years B.C. with Martine Beswick, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad with fellow Trustee Caroline Munro, Mighty Joe Young with film director John Landis and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger with SFX artist Colin Arthur. Walsh donated the film and sound footage to the Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation and they contain many new revelations by Ray on how his films were created and produced.
Writing and journalism
In additional to his film and TV screenplays, Walsh has written for various print and online publications on film history, politics and religion in The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Catholic Herald and Conservative Home. He contributed to the Titan Books title, Ray Harryhausen Poster Art Book, written by sci-fi journalist and author Richard Holliss.
|Year||Title||ISBN||Publisher||Awards / Nominations*|
|2021||Escape From New York: The Official Story of the Film||978-1789095067||Titan Books|
|2020||Flash Gordon: The Official Story of the Film||978-1-789-09506-7||Titan Books||Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards* "Book of the Year" |
|2019||Harryhausen: The Lost Movies||978-1-789-09110-6||Titan Books||Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards* "Book of the Year" |
Filmography and awards
|Year||Title||Role||Film / television||Award / nomination*|
|2020||Flash Gordon: The Official Story of the Film||Producer, director, writer||Documentary Series||Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards* "Book of the Year" |
|2019||Harryhausen: The Lost Movies||Producer, director, writer||Documentary Series||Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards* "Book of the Year" |
|2016 - 2018||The Ray Harryhausen Podcast||Originator, co-host||Radio series||Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards* "Best Multi-Media"|
|2016||Jupiter Pluvius at the Tate||Producer, director, writer||Documentary|
|2015||ToryBoy The Movie (re-release)||Producer, director, writer||Feature film||Grierson Awards Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme|
|2014||Monarch (re-release)||Producer, director, writer, editor||Feature film|
|2014||Monarch Restoring A King||Producer, director, writer, editor||Documentary|
|2013||Key 4 Life||Producer, director, writer||15-minute documentary|
|2012||Blinding||Producer, director, writer||BBC documentary|
|2012||ToryBoy The Aftermath||Producer, director, writer||Documentary|
|2011||ToryBoy The Movie||Producer, director, writer||Feature film||Grierson Awards Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme|
|2010||Toy Soldiers||Producer, director, writer||BBC documentary||Monte-Carlo Television Festival and Prix Jeunesse Munich*|
|2009||The Prime Minister's Global Fellowship||Producer, director, writer||Documentary for the British Council|
|2009||My Life: Karate Kids||Producer, director, writer||BBC documentary||BAFTA|
|2008||Sofa Surfers||Producer, director, writer||BBC documentary||Rose d'Or Social Award|
|2007||Don't Make Me Angry - Series 2||Producer, director, writer||Channel 4 documentary||New York Television Festival Best Young Adult Special Documentary Series|
|2006||Don't Make Me Angry - Series 1||Producer, director, writer||Channel 4 documentary||BAFTA|
|2003||Headhunting The Homeless||Producer, director, writer||BBC documentary||Grierson Awards Best Documentary Series|
|2001||Nu Model Armi||Producer, director, writer||Channel 4 documentary|
|2001||TREX2||Producer, director, writer||Channel 5 documentary|
|2000||TREX||Producer, director, writer||Channel 5 documentary|
|2000||Monarch||Producer, director, writer, editor||Feature film|
|1999||Cowboyz & Cowgirlz||Producer, director, writer||Channel 5 documentary|
|1998||Boyz & Girlz : Greece||Producer, director, writer||Channel 5 documentary|
|1998||Boyz & Girlz||Producer, director, writer||Channel 5 documentary|
|1991||Masque of Draperie||Producer, director, writer, editor||Documentary|
|1990||The Comedy Store||Producer, director, writer, editor||Documentary|
|1990||The Sceptic and the Psychic||Producer, writer||Drama|
|1989||Ray Harryhausen: Movement Into Life||Producer, director, writer||15-minute documentary|
|1989||The Sleeper||Producer, director, writer, editor||Drama|
|1985||A State of Mind||Producer, director, Writer, editor||Drama||Screen Test BBC Young Film Maker of the Year 1985*|
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