Welcome to the website of Respectable Films. Here, you can find out a little more about us and what we are doing, with a 'taster' selection of shots from our current project 'What If We Gave A Revolution And Everybody Came'. You can also watch our previous film 'Trader Horne: Morning Way Revisited' , made to commemorate the reunion of legendary 60s duo Trader Horne and the 40th anniversary of the release of Morning Way, their cult album.
So, who - or what - are Respectable Films? The short answer is that Respectable are a 'family firm' of film-makers comprising Simon Eales and his nephew James 'Jimbo' Eales. Being an uncle-nephew combo rather than siblings means we can't refer to ourselves snappily in the manner of the Coen Brothers or even the Wayans Brothers ( Google them on a night when you're staying in to wash your hair ). Use of the word 'family' conjures images either of singing children with names like Partridge and Von Trappe or activities involving organised crime and large men called Vito. But we digress. That's the short answer. The longer answer is that Respectable, which began life in the 90s making community arts and later self-funded short films has returned, rebooted and refreshed, to make films which reflect both our passions and our desire to make stimulating independent films. To achieve this we utilise a pool of established and emerging talent who combine their skills in a way which is creatively-rich, challenging and rewarding. Which is really rather nice, isn't it!?
Simon is an established writer and film-maker. A stint as a student hack in London whetted his appetite for writing. It gave him the chance to review movies, interview interesting people, spend his lunchtimes watching films for free, get on the guest list for gigs and generally do things more engaging than studying history. He has written prize-winning fiction, his non-fiction has appeared in a variety of journals and he co-wrote the History Channel's series 'Napoleon', just to show that he did attend the occasional lecture. His films include Eden Song and Letters From Nebraska both of which had nice things said about them and not just by Simon. He has been, among other things, an antiques dealer, semi-pro musician, course director and language tutor. Films, music and popular culture have been constant factors throughout his life, grappling occasionally for headspace with other enthusiasms but always prominent. He lives in South Manchester with his wife Jan and their chihuahua.
Jimbo Eales, Simon's nephew has had a long and varied career in the film and TV business during which time he has worn a large number of hats - including an Indian headdress but that's another story. He has been a roadie, production/ floor runner, assistant director, editor, unit driver, director/producer of music videos and has written music for Nokia Coca Cola and Xbox virals. In addition, his angelic features have also graced the occasional TV commercial. Currrently, he runs Roadhogproductions, first cousin to Respectable, an umbrella name for the various services that revolve around his 'bespoke' transportation business for the media and music industry, but which also includes location and film and music video production services. James wears his producer's hat - actually a baseball cap - with Repectable, bringing with him his energy, organisational skills, all-round flair and huge range of contacts. He is also a musician, loathes bananas and lives in East London with his wife Angie and their cat.
About 'What If We Gave A Revolution And Everybody Came?'
For many years Simon has been friends with the photographer Peter Sanders. One of the most respected members of his profession Peter, who became a Muslim in the early 70s, is the world's leading visual documentarist of Islamic life. His pictures have graced some of the world's leading publications and his exhibitions have been staged across the globe. But before his acceptance of Islam he had been at the centre of a very different world - that of the 60s music scene. Through the late 60s and early 70s he had unparralled access to most of,the biggest names of the period and amassed an extraordinary portfolio of wonderful pictures. The Stones, Dylan, Hendrix, Clapton, The Doors ...they are all here. He shared a house with John Peel, was Marc Bolan's neighbour ( and took his wedding photos), was with the Stones at Hyde Park and dropped in on Jimi Hendrix when the latter stayed at the flat across the road, prior to taking the last known shots of the legendary guitarist at the Isle of Wight Festival. This is Peter's story. Of his journey, both spiritual and creative; of a period long-gone but still resonant and fascinating; of the people he met and those he lost;of photography and being a photographer. The film includes contributions from friends and contemporaries who shine their own lights both on the man, his work and the times that inspired it. It is a story of the past but also of the present and the future - the journey, the vision and the passion continues.
In the pipeline are two music-related projects and Simon's long-planned film 'Peace' so we shall not be sitting in the van twiddling our thumbs and cursing our inability to complete the final level of Zombie Trailer Park. The future looks bright and of course, extremely respectable.