Taking a stroll through the Courtyard or The Sphinx during a weekday, you are likely to stumble across the long coated and extravagant character of avid comic book fan- Jordan Casstles, habitually typing away on his purple Apple Mac laptop. Routinely creating utopian futuristic worlds and figures steeped in the influence of comic book legends such as Trashman and The Invisibles, it was Jordan’s colourful and inventive approach to writing that caught the attention of upcoming indie film director Ryan Garry, at a dinner for members and friends of the Liverpool Athenaeum.
On a chilly February morning one month on from the premier of Garry’s debut film The Creative Process which took place in Liverpool’s Small Cinema. I decided to talk to my friend Jordan, who had, through his success in national writing competitions including Foyle Young Poets 2011 and a reading on BBC radio, become involved in a rather exciting piece of work which explores the local art scene. Over the course of the approximately forty minute film, no fewer than fourteen local artists are interviewed, giving each of them a brief two minute or so window of time to summarise what art means to them or to answer the even bigger question of- what is art?
As a young and ambitious storyteller, who wrote the introduction for this humble documentary, I couldn’t help but look at Jordan as a sort of summary of the films message. As we walked through Liverpool’s town centre and he informed me of some urban myths including the legend of William Mackenzie and his gambling pyramid, a secret ‘sonic point’ in Liverpool One and the crypt of the Metropolitan Cathedral. On the precipice of adulthood you are faced with ideas of getting yourself a job to earn money to survive, to make your own way in this world and join the giant reality that one way or another, we all inevitably become a part of. Reminders of the ordinary constantly filter into our lives and this film demonstrates a certain mindfulness of the importance of creativity and freedom of individuality amongst these routines. But it also reminds us of how closely linked the everyday and the extraordinary are.
Director Garry, on the far left, is a successful photographer, publishing his work in the Liverpool Echo, Cheshire Life and Wirral Globe. He has also exhibited his artwork at the Rathbone Studio and Williamson Art Gallery. He is currently working on a concept for a new film called Wildcard, again working alongside Jordan who is currently writing the film.
As for our own Egyptologist and Creative Writing Society member, Jordan Casstles, he is working on carving out a bright and promising future for himself in the media and arts industry, continuing to work with film director Ryan Garry whilst continually improving his own concepts and writing. He regularly posts quirky sci-fi infused shorts on his Facebook profile and is planning to perhaps set up his own society.