Mr Johnny Lochland
Academic Lead (Media and Screen Studies)
I am a writer and director producing short and feature-length fiction films. I originally founded The Big Dipper Film Company whereby I made 6 shorts and screened them around the world, I also co-produced and wrote a screenplay for the David Leavitt novel, 'While England Sleeps'. More recently I set up Offside Pictures Limited for the production of a feature-length fiction film project (also called Offside) for an intended theatrical release. To add to this, I have another production company called JL2, for which I develop and make short films/ corporate films and music videos with my partner, James Loosemore.
A lot of my work as a filmmaker involves fictional gay male characters, my most recent project is no exception. Offside is a football based rom-com centered around 6 well-known but secretly gay, UK based footballers trying to navigate life and careers after coming out to the public.
I've been interested in the appearance of homosexual men onscreen since my formative years and have found the characterization of these men impactful on my own development as a young teen growing up in rural towns and as a young adult engaging in film production. The work of filmmakers such as Derek Jarman and Gus Van Sant though counter commercial, spoke to me in ways I've yet to measure.
As an adult gay male now, portrayals of sexualized gay men are still important to me as a filmmaker, and I feel that my research will show how gay men are often portrayed for political gain. As a filmmaker myself, my work often seeks to address these representations. As a writer, I tend to put masculine characterizations under a microscope, the Offside project is no exception. Working with a producer, I am scripting a complex and funny story featuring 6 very different types of gay men, each dealing with life as a professional footballer, in one of the most exclusively heterosexual environments left, the football pitch.