You Had To Be There

15 years of Action Hero

To celebrate 15 years of Action Hero, co-artistic directors Gemma Paintin & James Stenhouse looked back through their archive at all the projects they’ve ever made. These ‘directors commentaries’ on every piece of their work were made to give a sense of what it was like to be there, using video, photo, audio and unseen footage.

These videos were released online weekly between November 2020-February 2021

They have now been made available for university and higher education libraries to purchase as MP4 downloads and/or MP4 encoded DVD. Visit our online shop to order and pay online or contact

There are 11 videos in total

A Western
Watch Me Fall
Hoke’s Bluff
Slap Talk
Extraordinary Rendition
Natural Selection
From Ashes
Wrecking Ball
Oh Europa
Bits and Pieces (other work)

Whether you’re new to our work or were there right at the beginning (in your cowboy hat) these videos are a generous, accessible and detailed insight into an artistic process and how to develop a creative practice