Profile: Andy Oxley
Andy's film Born to be Mild meets the members of the Dull Men's Club and uncovers a selection of unusual hobbies and interests.
Why did you pick this subject for Fresh?
I love that these people are out there, and see it as my job to celebrate them and try to capture their essence.
I had stumbled across a selection of men who took great pleasure in seemingly "dull" pastimes. The subject felt relevant to me in that it provided a complete antidote to the fast pace of modern living. I found their approach to life strangely refreshing.
What motivated you to make this film?
I have always been drawn to the more mundane, everyday aspects of life. So when I stumbled across the Dull Men's Club, I got quite excited and couldn't stop myself from making a film about them. These men see everyday things differently, and I loved sitting back and listening to them talk.
I visited the largest collection of milk bottles in the UK, and found a guy who collects bricks and uses them to decorate his garden. I love that these people are out there, and see it as my job to celebrate them and try to capture their essence. Making this film was a very insightful experience, and I now see roundabouts very differently than how I did before. In fact, I have become a bit of a roundabout spotter myself. I often send Kevin pictures of roundabouts that I've seen, in the hope that he'll use them in his next calendar.
If anyone out there feels like they might also be a dull person, the Dull Men's Club website could be a refuge.
What camera did you use to shoot your film?
Who/what inspires you?
Martin Parr, Alan Partridge, Creature Comforts, Louis Theroux, overheard conversations.
What are your plans for the future?
To keep making documentaries about seemingly ordinary people. For the BBC, with a little bit of luck.
What is the most important thing you have learned so far?
Keep recording, because most people say their best stuff as soon as you push the stop button.