Michael’s film King Rocker, made with comedian Stewart Lee, explores the life and work of Robert Lloyd of the The Prefects & Nightingales. The original film will be available to rent or buy digitally & globally for the first time, from Feb 6th 2024 - here. Michael will be presenting an expanded Director’s Cut of the film in selected cinemas. The premiere takes place at the Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton on March 14th and there will be a special screening at the Brewery Cinema, Kendal - the town of Michael’s birth - to celebrate the Nightingales first gig there. Everything else King Rocker is now collected on the dedicated page in the menu.
To celebrate 40 years since making his first films at art school in Wolverhampton, Michael will be presenting broadcast / not for broadcast - a series of 4 screenings and Q&As on the 14th & 15th of March at the Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton. broadcast features highlights & rarities from his work in TV comedy and the premiere of the Director’s Cut of King Rocker, while not for broadcast includes a programme of independent film & video work and a rare chance to see cult documentary Oxide Ghosts - about directing the groundbreaking comedy series Brass Eye.
After 20 years, Michael’s concert film of Martin Newell (Cleaners From Venus) - The Golden Afternoon - has been lovingly restored for a limited edition DVD release by Lost Oxide. Watch The Trail. The DVD is available from the Cleaners From Venus merch store, here. Michael appears in the documentary about Martin Newell by James Sharp - The Jangling Man.
Toast Of Tinseltown, directed by Michael and winner of the Rose d’Or for best comedy, is now streaming on ROKU. Watch a recording of the recent BFI event: ‘A Toast To Toast’ here. Michael joined cast members Matt Berry, Doon Mackichan & Harry Peacock and writer Arthur Mathews for a Q&A with Samira Ahmed.
Tinseltown still courtesy of Ben Meadows.
The next twist in Robert Lloyd’s unlikely tale, post King Rocker, is an album of country music duets with Janet Beveridge Bean of Chicago’s Eleventh Dream Day & Freakwater. Michael has made a promo video for the album’s title track - Black Cat/Dark Horse. Watch it here.
Michael has contributed to Eggs TV - the amazing, 6 part televisual mutant love child of The Lovely Eggs' collaboration with artist Casey Raymond.
Shots magazine has done a special feature on Michael’s work in comedy. Read the article here.
The first solo album from the wonderful Thomas Walsh (Pugwash, Duckworth/Lewis Method) is a winter warmer.