Ventris is a ninety-minute documentary by Martin Pickles and tries to establish Michael's outlook and motivation for his decipherment. The film was shot in London, Cambridge and Knossos and features extensive interviews with those who knew Michael and those who curate archives of his work.
This website is in part an accompaniment to that film project but also an opportunity to publish some of the wealth of research material I have amassed and thought might be useful as an online resource. My researches led in a variety of unexpected directions and that Michael sits in the middle of a web of interesting and interwoven threads: academia, archaeology, broadcasting, computing, data management, the Festival Of Britain, Modernist Art and Architecture, Psychoanalysis, Socialism, the Welfare State and more.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Filming at Knossos, August 2021
Interviewing Dr Anja Ulbrich at the Ashmolean Museum, in front of the portrait of Sir Arthur Evans, the archaeologist who discovered both Knossos and Linear B.
MARTIN PICKLES SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY
Why Is Work So Boring? (animated documentary) 2017
John Halas Remembered (documentary short) 2015
What Is Animation? (animated documentary short) 2014
Ode To Joy (documentary short) 2012
Gustav Metzger: 100,000 Newspapers (documentary short) 2008
Like Me, Only Better (animated short) 2007
Greenwich Degree Zero (film installation) 2006
The Time Travellers Of 1908 (short) 2005
Century's End (short) 2004
The Commuter (short) 2003
G.M. (short) 2001
Currently lecturing in Animation History and Theory at the University for the Creative Art Farnham.