Ed Blum directed 'Scenes of a Sexual Nature', starring Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Hugh Bonneville and Catherine Tate among others, in 2006. The film follows the stories of seven loosely related couples on Hampstead Heath.
'Scenes of a Sexual Nature' was internationally distributed and was nominated for the British Independent Film Award.
Scenes of a Sexual Nature - Trailer
Making of 'Scenes of a Sexual Nature'
Hugh Bonneville and Gina McKee
Adrian Lester and Catherine Tate
The Last Post
'The Last Post' is a BAFTA-nominated short film, directed by Ed Blum and starring, Maureen Beattie, Richard Hope and Bill Thomas.
A man and a woman both frantically try to catch the last post. A tail of trickery ensues...
The Last Post
Director and founder of Tin Pan Films, Ed Blum, worked on several campaign films with Hugh Grant for 'Hacked Off' which was set up to call for a free and accountable press.
He also worked with the victims of phone hacking, such as Gemma Dowler, making a film which on the day of release led every news report on all UK broadcast channels.
Gemma Dowler Hacking Inquiry Broadcast
Broadcast made by Ed Blum and Gemma Dowler, sister of Milly Dowler, which was broadcast across UK news channels and in the national press.
'Vote Leveson' campaign video with Hugh Grant for Hacked Off
Clyde & Co.
Tin Pan Films worked closely with the international law firm Clyde & Co. on shaping their use of video communication throughout the company. Films included a variety of training videos using actors, filming presentations, and interviews with board members and the Senior Partner.
Tin Pan Films also researched some of the major challenges facing law firms today in order to make a number of videos that engage a wide audience on these issues. These films which were shown at the partner conference and subsequently to all the employees of the company.
Clyde & Co. is an international law firm, with offices in 46 countries and an annual turn-over of £500 million. They were recently voted Law Firm of the Year 2016 by 'The Lawyer'.
Clyde & Co. - Future of World Trade
Clyde & Co. - My Development
Tin Pan Films has made several corporate videos for HSBC, one of the largest banking and financial organisations in the world. For one of these films, director Ed Blum, interviewed several senior members of the UK operation, including John Flint, chief executive for Retail Banking and Wealth Management at HSBC.
Ed was commissioned to devise and direct numerous videos for Barclays. The bank was looking for short films which would attract the attention of employees and encourage them to click through to get more information about training films. The result was three innovative short films, designed to encourage training opportunities within the company. The concepts were highly successful and Ed was subsequently invited back to direct a number of other projects for the bank.
Glaxo Smith Kline
Ed, working for The Edge Picture Company, directed a promotional video for British pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline.
Director and founder, Ed Blum, began his career in broadcast television as a business journalist for the BBC. He went on to produce and direct for both the BBC and Channel 4, became a Series Producer and eventually served as Deputy Editor of BBC News and Current Affairs Development.
He worked on iconic BBC programmes such as Crimewatch and Watchdog and directed on programmes such as the National Television Award nominated 'SAS. Are you Tough Enough?'.
SAS Jungle: Are You Tough Enough? (BBC)
Ed Blum directed three episodes of 'SAS: Are you Tough Enough?', presented by Dermot O'Leary, for the BBC in Borneo. This was part of a three series show, featuring civilians going through SAS training.
Corporate Training Films
Tin Pan Films has made numerous scripted corporate training films using actors for some of the largest blue chip companies in the country, including Barclays, HSBC and Glaxo Smith Kline.
In particular, Ed has drawn on his expertise from his journalistic days at the BBC and Channel 4 to research carefully the needs of the client and to write scripts which creatively capture and communicate the desired message. Ed can also draw on his extensive experience of working with actors to make sure the performances of the actors fit the tone required from the client.
Sample training video - Conversation about communication in the workplace
(Filmed for Barclays Bank)
Sample training video - Self-assessment
(Filmed for Barclays Bank)
The Laughter Clinic
'The Laughter Clinic' takes place in the near future, when comedy has been banned. The Mexicans have been deported, the Muslims are barred. Liberals, artists and musicians are in prison. Businessmen and Wall Street are in charge. The last remaining freedom fighters... stand-up comedians.
Co-written by BAFTA-nominated Ed Blum ('Scenes of a Sexual Nature'), Stephen Place, Michael Kalesniko ('Burnt') and Ian Stone,
By Dara Wishingrad
Cast from 'The Laughter Clinic' readthrough
(Aisling Loftus, Russell Tovey, Tim McInnerny, Colin Salmon and Mitchell Mullen)