Guy Rowland is the writer/director of Sam Jackson’s Secret Video Diary, nominated for the Raindance Award at the 2005 British Independent Film Awards. A highly unusual production, the film was based around existing material for a one-woman TV project; a drama masquerading as a daily self-shot reality TV show. Posy Miller played the eponymous Sam Jackson, but very suddenly fell ill in 2002 and within a week died of acute leukaemia. With the support of Posy’s family and friends, Guy and the small production team re-imagined the project as a faux documentary about the search for a missing person. It was a unique writing challenge and thus uniquely rewarding.
Since then, Guy has continued to develop scripts (and helped with additional material on Living Spirit’s own Gone Fishing screenplay). Alongside being a Renaissance man and his other lives as a sound designer and composer, he is also the voice of CBBC’s hugely popular comedy Diddy TV, writing and performing justifiably withering links between the Diddy programmes.
You can watch Sam Jackson’s Secret Video Diary for free online at www.samjacksonmovie.co.uk.