JOHNNY LOCHLAND

  • Qualifications: HEA Fellow, PGCE, BA (Hons), Access, Nat. Dip.
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5371
  • Email: johnny.lochland@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Creative Technologies
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries

Biography

I am a Writer & Director and have founded The Big Dipper Film Company and more recently Offside Pictures Limited for the production of short and feature length film.

Research

I founded Big Dipper Film Company in 2000 where I wrote & directed the short film ‘Host’, a contemporary thriller about a Priest in a wartime Boys’ school trying to work out the identity of a young boy found in a cemetery. This marked the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship with the London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (since re branded BFI: Flare) , which has since programmed virtually all of Big Dipper shorts.

In 2005 & 2006, Virgin Media commissioned us to make two short films; ‘Goodboys’ about the relationship between two lads sharing a room in an institution and ‘The Donor’ a short film about two lonely people meeting and falling in love at a sperm donation clinic. Though Goodboys screened at the 2007 LLGFF and was distributed on DVD in Germany, The Donor enjoyed even greater success, when it was selected from theMarche DuFilm to be screened in the prestigious Short Film Corner at the Cannes International Film Festival.

In 2008, I wrote & directed ‘Sweat’ which was short-listed for the 2008 Iris Prize, perhaps the most prestigious (and certainly the most famous) international festival featuring the best in lesbian and gay short films from around the world. Two short sequels followed, ‘Tears’ (the final part in a trilogy of films ‘Blood, Sweat & Tears’) was the last of the films to screen at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. In 2005 I adapted the David Leavitt novel ‘While England Sleeps’ into a feature-length screenplay. Before the project was put into turnaround, several acting luminaries were attached, including Dame Diana Rigg, Simon Callow and Rupert Friend.

Currently I am creative head of Offside Pictures Limited, a film company set up for the express purpose of developing and producing Offside, a feature film about a gay professional footballer making a difference to the beautiful game, forever. I have also completed a short documentary about adoption, commissioned by Royal Greenwich Adoption Services the 30-minute film deals with the myths and experiences of adoptive families. I also have another production company, for which I create Music Videos and Promotional film, recently I’ve made short Music Video films for the likes of Holly Johnson, Bright Light Bright Light (featuring Elton John) and Slow Knights (Del Marquis from Scissor Sister’s latest band).

I am currently Level 6 / Year 3 Coordinator for BA Film Production.