Simon Morice, Director

Simon Morice


Country of origin: United Kingdom


Languages spoken: English

Erling Matz

  • Documentary
  • English
  • 03 minutes
  • 6

A friend of mine wanted to sail his boat to France and needed a navigator, I had the skills, the time, and a love being at sea. So, on a hot 2011 summer's day, in St Malo, I met Erling Matz, who was living on his boat Elisa. He's a journalist and writer so there was lots to talk about, but the yacht club bar closed at 5, so after a long afternoon drinking Pelforth beer we went back to raid his drinks locker. He is a great storyteller and pretty soon I got him to agree to let me film him with my iPhone.Half an hour later I had shot and edited this film, all on the iPhone, and uploaded it to YouTube. I am not submitting this film as a great piece of documentary, but simply to remind myself never to be without a mic and my iPhone - ever. The best camera in the world is the one you have with you when opportunity knocks.

Selected by: The Film Network


I left broadcast TV after a career editing film at the BBC, other stuff at TVS and various facilities. I ran away to sea in order to have some first hand adventures of my own. A few years later, when all the money had gone, I explored the ambiguity of the dotcom era from the inside, until all the credulity had gone. Pop! New start.The digitalisation of the film and TV industries rekindled my interest in my first career - so I trained on the new toys - and even bought some. I am blessed with enough kit to do what would have cost several million £££s in the early 90s. Since then I have been exploring telling significant stories and intend doing so until all of my life is gone.The website to which I have linked is simply a place where I pontificate online.

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