From early childhood Eddy developed a square-eyed love for films and television. When the BBC went off air on weekday afternoons he’d sit and study Test Card F and sometimes do interpretive dance to the accompanying light jazz.
The infant Eddy's tastes were eclectic, ranging from a formative encounter with the Henri-Georges Clouzot thriller The Wages of Fear, to Patrick Troughton/Jon Pertwee-era Dr Who and everything in between. Over time, Eddy's understanding of the moving image evolved but the underlying sense of mystery remained.
Sage advice suggested that getting paid for a beloved activity would never feel like work, so Eddy spent two years studying acting, which was long enough to learn that this was a job best left to people with an innate gift for performance, although it offered him an early chance to direct. An undergraduate degree in Cultural Studies and Media followed and, after a period of work, the directing course at the Northern School of Film & Television.
On commencing the course the previous decade spent making music, studying, photographing, acting, writing, working for a film festival and watching hundreds of films combined into a single skill and Eddy exited the NSFTV with an award-winning short film and a decent second film in his hands.
Over a diverse career, Eddy has directed 60+ hours of single camera UK television and created lots of other shorts, promos, commercial projects and all manner of moving image articles.
Eddy lives up a hill in Cumbria overlooking Morecambe Bay with his very wise and funny wife Claire and excellent eight year-old son John Ignatius, AKA Iggy. Eddy is represented by Janet Fillingham.
Below are two short films, a commercial, a music promo, one clip and a full episode of Hollyoaks, and part two of three from an episode of Dream Team. These will be changed from time to time.
The Ring was my first proper film, it's now nearly 25 years old and although my phone now shoots better quality images than the Northern School of Film & Television's aged Aaton, grainy 16mm film definitely has a look and charm all of its own. The Ring got me going as a filmmaker and it's still fun to watch, it won The Best British Production award at the 1997 British Short Film Festival and had numerous TV and festival screenings. I wrote and played the opening music and that's me singing over the end credits, so brace yourself. [16mm 13 mins]
UK GOLD SCHADENFREUDE
Off the back of The Ring I signed to commercials production company Chaos. We had fun filming this test spot for UK Gold in Wales' Black Mountains with fake cow piss and a rain machine. The script was based on a pitch by TBWA and the sepulchral voiceover was delivered by the late, great Philip Madoc. [16mm 45 secs]
THE EGG - GETTING AWAY WITH IT
While working at Chaos I won a pitch to make this promo for The Egg. The film features the band in pursuit of a McGuffin package and I wrote the film around the cover of The Egg's then-current album Travelator, which features a woman's feet in white heels, standing on a travelator:
The film retro-engineers a story to explain the image and I also like the way we got the the lyric, 'Orange flashing light, it's a minicab site' to sync with the same on screen. [16mm 4 mins ]
HOLLYOAKS - AFGHAN FLASHBACK
I worked on Hollyoaks on and off for over nine years, directing 93 episodes in total, including a Christmas episode and four late night special eps, Hollyoaks: Back From The Dead, with Warren Brown nominated for Best Exit at the 2006 British Soap Awards. Hollyoaks was a great place to push boundaries and try new ideas. Producer Lucy Martin allowed me to add unscripted visual elements to this scene on the proviso that they didn't compromise the budget or the schedule (they didn't). We got help from the local Territorial Army unit, some of whom had served in Afghanistan, and avoided the cost of an armorer by making painted macquettes of the soldiers' rifles. After transmission the scene was immediately echoed by the lead Channel 4 news story about the effects the war on both Afghans and British personnel. The news footage was a strange mirror of what we'd created in the show. As a piece of filmmaking it's very much the art of the possible but it was an interesting opportunity to explore a contemporary story in a timely, relevant way. [HD 3'20]
THE WRECK OF THE MARY CELESTE
This period piece set in 70s Hull was a UK Film Council Digital Short and the first one to be shot on HD. It's an early film by cinematographer George Steel, it won the Sweet Success award at the Sweet HD Film Festival in 2004 and was nominated for the Directors' Guild of Great Britain Best Short Film in 2005. It was screened at the National Film Theatre's Digital Test Bed and was also taken on by the UK Film Council for festival screenings. [HD 10 mins]
HOLLYOAKS - ESTHER'S SUICIDE
This Hollyoaks episode dealt showed the culmination of a long-running storyline around bullied lesbian teen Esther. During pre-production I worked closely to advisory notes provided by The Samaritans, whose brief was not to make the suicide attempt look in any way attractive, as imitative behaviour is a serious concern among younger viewers. In directing the ep, the intention was to create an alienating feeling of watching something deeply wrong and unpleasant, within the limitations of a pre-watershed show. The central performance was internalised, the framing often spare and the music by Evelyn Glennie deliberately emotionally distancing. The episode created a sensation among Hollyoaks’ fans, with a Twitter meltdown and the highest viewing figures for two years, plus strong positive feedback from The Samaritans and the Chief Medical Officer of Great Britain. [HD 22'30]
Sick Party is an educational drama I wrote, directed and co-produced for Leeds-based charity Basis. Sick Party is aimed at 12-16 year- old girls and warns of the hazards of the 'party' model of grooming. The script was based on redacted case studies provided by Basis and the performances were part scripted, part workshopped and improvised. The film is part of a national training pack which has sold over 1,000 copies to educational institutions and raised over £50K for Basis. Sick Party is probably the most disturbing film I've made, not because it's especially graphic but because the threat is believable and insidious. The film was made on a fairly low budget with a crew of recent graduates from the Northern Film School. [HD 15 mins]
SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN
Written by playwright Robert Farquhar, Something To Believe In was one of a series of three minute films commissioned by Channel 4 in collaboration with Liverpool's Everyman Theatre to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On The Origin of Species. The film features the excellent Paul Copley as a Darwinist street preacher aided by Shaun Mason. It's a nice, upbeat reset if you've watched Sick Party beforehand. [HD 3 mins]
The films listed here are in largely chronological order but this slice of Sky's much-missed serial football drama Dream Team should really go between The Wreck Of The Mary Celeste and Hollyoaks. It's placed here because it's a fun way to finish, featuring that perennial serial drama favourite of things going awry at the altar. The ep was edited by Tim Porter, who went on to become lead editor on Game of Thrones. [HD 20'40]
UCI CINEMAS BEST BRITISH PRODUCTION AWARD
Top prize out of 3,500 entries.
'The Wreck Of The Mary Celeste'
SWEET HD FILM FESTIVAL
SWEET SUCCESS AWARD
Top prize at Edinburgh in this festival of High Definition films.