It was during the production of Blackout, a three-minute short I made for Channel 4's short film showcase Random Acts in 2016, that I first identified what might be the only connecting thread of my fledgling but already scattershot film career. Namely, the investment of huge amounts of time and energy into work that looks like it was tossed off in half an hour.

Though it consists of just three minutes of apparent darkness — and a wonderful score by Hometape — Blackout is the result of months of rigourous research and editing. Though most viewers will find themselves unable to identify the transitions between each of the eighteen films featured in the short, they're all sourced from the very best transfers currently available.

No expense was spared, and nobody will ever know.