LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY - Film Review - Midlands Movies

March 24, 2020

A review of Living in Crime Alley by Midlands Movies.

DC World UK - "Director's Chair" with Rob Ayling

March 17, 2020

Interview with DC World UK, talking about comics, movies and the making of Living in Crime Alley.

LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY officially selected for New York International Film Awards 2020

March 14, 2020

Living in Crime Alley is an official selection for the New York International Film Awards!

LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY wins Best Fantasy Film at Top Shorts Film Festival!

March 01, 2020

LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY wins Best Fan Film at Con-Nooga Film Festival!

February 25, 2020

LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY officially selected for Top Shorts Film Festival!

February 23, 2020

LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY officially selected for MystiCon Independent Film Festival 2020!

February 11, 2020

Living in Crime Alley has been officially selected at MystiCon Independent Film Festival - which takes place in Roanoke, Virginia on the 28th February.

LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY secures 4 nominations for the Fan Film Awards 2020!

February 09, 2020

Living in Crime Alley has secured 4 nominations at the Fan Film Awards; Best Cinematography, Best Actor, Best Director and Best picture. The film will screen at the festival in Los Angeles, California on the 28th February!


February 08, 2020

Living in Crime Alley has won Best Fan Film at the Oniros Film Awards!


January 30, 2020

From his lofty vantage point, the caped crusader looks down upon the crime-ridden streets of . . . St. Nicholas Market? That’s right: Bristol is Gotham City in Living in Crime Alley, the first Batman film ever to be shot round these parts. The eight minute fan fiction short, which has been gaining traction at film festivals around the world, is the brainchild of 28-year-old UWE graduate filmmaker (and former Starbucks barista champion) Rob Ayling.

LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY officially selected at Con-Nooga Film festival!

February 02, 2020

Living in Crime Alley will screen at the Con-Nooga Film festival on the 21st February in Tennessee.

RADS 2020

January 30, 2020

Recruitment advertising agency TMP Worldwide took the highly coveted Work of the Year for its campaign for The AA at the 2020 RAD Awards last night in central London.

In Conversation with Rob Ayling, Director of the Batman Fan Film ‘Living in Crime Alley’

December 24, 2019

An interview with writer & director Rob Ayling discussing the making of Living in Crime Alley - a Batman Fan Film with Occhi Magazine.

Batman Fan Film Director, Rob Ayling, Discusses "Living in Crime Alley" & Batman Memorabilia

December 08, 2019

Writer / director, Rob Ayling sat down with Big Picture Film Club to talk about his love for Batman, his Batman memorabilia and his latest short film "Living In Crime Alley".

LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY - Official Teaser Trailer is LIVE!

October 31, 2019

The official teaser trailer for my next ambitious short film project Living in Crime Alley is live! Check it out!

The RMA's 2019 - Unsung (NHS Greater Manchester Nurses) wins Best Video (£15,001+)

October 30, 2019

TMP Worldwide UK picked up 2 huge wins at The RMAs 2019 - Best Video & The Grand Prix for the NHS Greater Manchester Nurses - Unsung campaign! You can watch the film in the link below!

Rob discusses the making of Living in Crime Alley on Film7 podcast

October 08, 2019

On this episode we have Rob Ayling! We discuss his career, the ups and downs of the industry, his love of Batman and of course his upcoming short film "Living in Crime Alley - A Batman Fan Film" - Jake Hart

"Are You Okay?" by Thomas Waterman

September 26, 2019

A few months ago, a charming, talented, funny young man named Thomas Waterman (also known as Travis Mattison) left this world too soon... He wrote an incredible poem about suicide prevention.

In memory of his life and his work, myself and Livvie May filmed the wonderful, brave Jeannette Waterman perform her son's poem.

Below is that film. Mental illness and suicide prevention isn't spoken about enough. With this film and this poem, we hope to reach out to those of you who may be feeling lost or to their friends who may have noticed that you are not yourself - Go further than just asking the question "Are You Okay?"

Thank you. Please share this film as far as you can.

#AreYouOkay #Poem #PoetryFilm #SuicidePrevention

BACK ON BOOM | Living in Crime Alley

September 18, 2019

Matthew Walker (sound designer) write a lovely post about his his experience of working on set of Living in Crime Alley - check it out!

Living in Crime Alley - Wrapped!

September 14, 2019

Rob Ayling has directed a new Batman fan film, Living in Crime Alley, which is now in post-production and will be released later this year. 2019 marks the 80th year of Batman's existence. Rob not only made the film to celebrate the iconic character but also wanted to bring his own interoperation Gotham into a reality not far from our own.

Rob nominated for Best Director at New Jersey Web Fest 2019

August 10, 2019

Rob has been nominated for Best Director along with the other 5 directors for their work on Dreaming Whilst Black.

PQA Bristol wins Best Youth Film at Swindon Independent Film Festival!

April 17, 2019

Rob Ayling & Livvie May on behalf of PQA Bristol won the Best Youth Film Award at the Swindon Independent Film festival for the film 'Hide & Go Seek', which the pair produced. The film was made by a group of 10-12 year olds that attend the Pauline Quirke Academy in Bristol. Rob is the Film & Television Teacher at the academy.

Living in Crime Alley - Indiegogo Campaign launched!

March 25, 2019

Living in Crime Alley is an award winning screenplay which tells the story of a father struggling to bring up his child, a huge fan of the dark knight, in downtown Gotham, known to citizens as Crime Alley. This short film raises questions of morality and justice from the points of view of a father, the child and the dark knight himself.

A team of professional filmmakers creating a powerful short film that celebrates 80 years of the world and character of Batman. The screenplay should be made into a film because it brings the dark knight and everything that he brings with him into the sharp focus of todays reality of everyday struggle. The perspective of a ground level citizen living in Gotham City is something that hasn’t been fully explored in film. Despite Batman having been created in the late 1930s, Living in Crime Alley shows that his character has a resonance with the life that people live today.

Living in Crime Alley selected for Fan Film Festival & Awards 2019

November 21, 2018

Living in Crime Alley, a Batman short screenplay, has been officially selected for the Azure Lorica Fan Film Festival & Awards 2019 in Pasadena, Los Angeles. The screenplay has been nominated for the Best Screenplay award.

Dreaming Whilst Black wins Best UK Series at UK WEB FEST!

October 19, 2018

Dreaming Whilst Black, created by 4 Quarter Films, won Best Uk Series at UK Web Fest! 

Being Wild wins at Royal Wolf Film Awards!

July 31, 2018

Being Wild has won awards for Best Short Film (Drama) and Best Director for Rob Ayling at the Royal Wolf Film Awards in Los Angeles.

Being Wild nominated for Royal Wolf Film Awards

July 18, 2018

Being Wild has been officially selected and has been nominated for the Royal Wolf Film Awards 2018. Nominations include:

- Best Short Film (Drama)

- Best Director (short film)

Being Wild officially selected for Direct Short Online Film Festival

July 04, 2018

Being Wild officially selected for Beer Town Film Festival

April 30, 2018

Being Wild has been officially selected for Beer Town Film Festival and will be screened at Burton-upon Trent on the 26th May.

Dreaming Whilst Black screens at UWE Bristol

April 29, 2018

Dreaming Whilst Black screens at UWE Bristol - Bower Ashton with Q&A with Max Evans, Adjani Salmon & Rob Ayling. Discussing the production and the ongoing conversation about equality and diversity in the film industry.

Being Wild officially selected for Swindon Independent Film Festival - Film@Swinge

March 23, 2018

 Being Wild has been selected to screen at the Swindon Independent Film Festival - Film@Swinge. The festival runs 4 - 6th April, welcome drinks, Networking session and official awards night with standup comedy and music.

Dreaming Whilst Black - Premieres at The Prince Charles Cinema, London

March 18, 2018

A cinema launch event, where audiences got to see the first 3 episodes of Dreaming Whilst Black and meet the cast & crew. The show was also screened in cinemas in Shanghai, Jamaica, Amsterdam & Miami. The first 2 episodes will be available to watch at 8pm today via YouTube.

Big Picture Film Club - Epsiode 6 Podcast - Dreaming Whilst Black

March 17, 2018

Episode 6 of Big Picture Film Club's podcast is now available to listen online. Along with Adjani Salmon & Laura Seixas, Rob discussed Dreaming Whilst Black, the importance of the mini series as well as discuss current and future projects.

Rob appears on Big Picture Film Club's Podcast

March 05, 2018

Along with Adjani Salmon & Laura Seixas, Rob appeared on Big Picture Film Club's podcast, (episode 6) to discuss Dreaming Whilst, Being Wild and Living in Crime Alley

Filmmaker Rob Ayling Talks With Us About “Dreaming Whilst Black”

March 02, 2018

Occhi Magazine interviewed Rob in March 2017, and thought it would be great to follow up with him. Rob talks about Dreaming Whilst Black and the importance of the mini-series as well as current & future projects.

Being Wild officially selected for CineMe Films

February 10, 2018

Being Wild will be screening at the next CineMe Films event in Bristol, 27th February!

Dreaming Whilst Black arrives 18.03.2018.

February 09, 2018

Dreaming Whilst Black is a 9-part comedy mini-series that follows a young, passionate, yet naive filmmaker, Kwabena, who struggles to navigate between his dreams and reality. Rob directed episode 4. The series will premiere on the 18th March at The Prince Charles Cinema, London. For more information, trailers, behind the scene photos and more, check out the Facebook Page via 'click here' or check out the official trailer by clicking on the poster! 

Being Wild officially selected for Direct Monthly Online Film Festival, Feb 2018

February 01, 2018

Extra Features Podcast Interview

November 13, 2017

Rob was recently interviewed on Extra Features Podcast, November 12th. Discussing Listen To Me, Living in Crime Alley, future project, his favourite popcorn snacks and more.

Listen To Me officially on Amazon Prime video

November 03, 2017

'Living in Crime Alley' - Feedback and Performed

October 18, 2017

'Living in Crime Alley' receives feedback "An excellent script that is self-contained and respects the canon...feels like it could be a segment from one of the Batman comics". In addition, the screenplay was officially performed at the Fan Fiction Festival, New York.

Alone in the Silence - Finalist in MCM Comic Con Film Race 2017

October 16, 2017

Alone in the Silence - a short film made in 60 hours as part of the MCM Comic Con Film Race, has been selected as one the finalists for the competitions grand prize. The film will screen at MCM London Comic Con, 29th October.

Screenplay Winner for Batman Short Film Screenplay

August 29, 2017

A Batman short film screenplay by Rob Ayling has won an award at the Fan Fiction Festival 2017. The script will be performed at the festival in New York.

Rob interviewed by Film Curiosity

July 10, 2017

Film Curiosity sat down to chat with director Rob Ayling about the creative process and the film’s important journey.


Listen To Me selected for Macoproject Online Shorts Festival

July 04, 2017

Meet The Alumni: MA DIRECTING GRADUATE - Rob Ayling

April 03, 2017

Since leaving Met in 2014, Rob has been extremely proactive. His graduation film Listen to Me continues to screen at film festivals nationwide, and in the last week, the short was voted to second place in Shooting People’s Film of the Month competition. Rob has also been regularly commissioned for both videographer and editing work; creating corporate videos, covering entertainment & cultural events and also offering his services to non-profit organisations.

Read our interview with Rob about his busy last two years…

Listen To Me shortlisted 2nd in Shooting People's Film of the Month

March 30, 2017

Listen To Me came 2nd in Shooting People's monthly Film of the Month competition. The 3 finalists will get feedback about their film from a leading industry figure - Anna Biller (Viva, The Love Witch)

Listen To Me shortlisted for Shooting People's Film of the Month

March 20, 2017

Listen To Me has been shortlisted for Shooting People's Film of the Month - A monthly film competition showcasing your shorts to the leading industry talent. March's Judge: Anna Biller. A filmmaker whose work uses classic genre modes to talk about women's roles within culture, "coding feminist ideas within cinematic aesthetics and visual pleasure." Always working on film, she directed several acclaimed shorts on 16mm, before making 35mm cult feature Viva. Her new film, The Love Witch, has received considerable attention on it's festival tour before being picked up by Oscilloscope Labs in the USA, and is now being distributed across the UK by Icon Horror UK and the feminist-horror collective The Final Girls.

Meet Film Director Rob Ayling

March 10, 2017

American Arts Magazine Occhi interviewed Rob Ayling about filmmaking, directing and advise for aspiring film directors.