BMW’s The Hire: 8 Short Films

Back in 2001 or so..

bmwlogoBMW did these short films with Big-ass names directing, with a young Clive Owen, they were practically adverts, but done using fiction, which I’ve always felt ‘is’ the best way to sell an idea (or a car, evidently). I may’ve seen a couple of them at the cinema, bundled with the adverts, but I’m not 100% sure, does seem familiar.

This hit my radar again as BMW have recently announced that they are coming back for a new batch of BMW Films, which sounds jolly good to me. Made me think to go check out the old batch, which incidentally I found on YouTube but NOT on the bmwfilms site. I also read up a little about them, only to discover, Luc Besson has said on record that The Transporter series was inspired by this set of films. HA!

Not that much of a stretch really, they probably got a good sponsorship deal too. What’s interesting is that they tried refueling that franchise only recently (without Statham) & it failed rather miserably from what I hear. [I’ve yet to watch it.]

    Food for thought:

  • Did BMW in a way have a hand in making Clive Owen and also Jason Statham a bankable Hollywood star? Note, prior to this both boys were pretty much grounded in the U.K. bar a couple of exceptions.
  • For these rather simple genre-pieces, are short films as well as bite-size web content more palatable to the newer generation?

Meanwhile as we await the new series, here are the old ones, in order.
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Shut Up, Listen and Learn!

Shut Up!

shutupLet’s take a moment of silence, for the late Gene Wilder, also to make my title fit. It took me a full two minutes to connect the dots and come up with a film quote that connected the two below, I liked it so much that I’m forcing this one in, because I can.

An alternative for you twitchy fingered folk who can’t bear silence, maybe utilise the time to watch this 2 second clip of Kevin Spacey saying it in an audition film for Horrible Bosses (2011) some decades prior.

Swimming with Sharks (1994) – Full Movie is on YouTube: 26m 39s for a more heated version of the above moment.


Alright, hopefully the entree didn’t distract you there for 90 odd minutes. With that out of the way, on to the main course of what’s winning the web for me this week!


My fascination for film & TV is no secret, but the underlying depth of emotion behind it lies in basic storytelling. Now, it may be a golden age for TV in America, but the old art of telling a story from one person to another is an evergreen one.

Tall Tales have run a series of successful events where people get the opportunity to do so with a live audience. I’ve been to a couple myself, the content has been a mixed bunch, from moving to hilarious.

Well, recently they’ve started a Take-Away service of sorts as a FREE podcast. I’ll be taking that, thank you very much! Yes, it is produced by a good friend of mine & my voice may be in it for a brief second or two, but it is quality, if I pimped out every party I crashed, you would not be too pleased. This is a worthy one.

You can find it on iTunes:

..or here for you non fruitarians. ;)


Coming on to the dessert, will keep it short & sweet. (I’m on a cinnamon roll with the bad puns!). Some kind soul has decided to collate and publish a plethora of English and American TV scripts for ‘educational’ purposes. I for one am extremely grateful. Sharing in the name of caring.