Guy Rowland has been writing spec scripts since the mid 1990s. In 2001 he wrote a one-woman TV microdrama, drama masquerading as a daily self-shot reality TV show. Together with a small team, he shot promo material with the lead (and only) actor, Posy Miller – however, while the team were canvassing interest in TV companies later that year, Posy very suddenly fell ill and within a week died of acute leukaemia. The following year, and with the support of her family and friends, Guy wrote Sam Jackson’s Secret Video Diary, a faux documentary about the search for a missing person, which used the existing material as a centrepiece. The film was eventually made with Guy also directing, and in 2005 was nominated for a British Independent Film Award.
Since then, Guy has continued to develop scripts (and helped with additional material on Living Spirit’s own Gone Fishing screenplay and last year worked on a children’s book adaptation for BBC Scotland), alongside his other lives a sound designer and composer.
You can now watch Sam Jackson’s Secret Video Diary for free online at www.samjacksonmovie.co.uk where there is also an accompanying feature-length documentary. Beyond Fiction looks at the unique challenges facing the Sam Jackson writing and production team in what became a true labour of love.
Sam Jackson’s Secret Video Diary / Beyond Fiction website – www.samjacksonmovie.co.uk