Sean Martin (filmmaker)
Sean Martin (born in Weston-super-Mare, England, in 1966) is an Anglo-Irish writer and film director. He has written popular books on the Knights Templar and the Cathars, and appeared on History Channel documentaries such as Decoding the Past: The Templar Code and in Channel 5's Secrets of the Cross: The Trial of the Knights Templar.
Martin studied film and history in Plymouth, and later lived in London. He is also a poet, and has had a number of poems published in various magazines in the UK and Ireland, and also won the 2011 Wigtown Poetry Prize. His book The Gnostics: The First Christian Heretics, was on the early Christian Gnostics.[permanent dead link] He wrote a book on new wave cinema, published in 2013.
- The Knights Templar: The History and Myths of the Legendary Military Order (2005, ISBN 1-56025-645-1)
- The Cathars: The Most Successful Heresy of the Middle Ages (2005, ISBN 1-56025-674-5)
- Andrei Tarkovsky (2005, Pocket Essential series, ISBN 1-904048-49-8)
- The Gnostics: The First Christian Heretics (2007, Pocket Essential series, ISBN 1-904048-56-0)
- Alchemy and Alchemists (2006, ISBN 978-1904048626)
- The Black Death (2009, ISBN 978-1904048862)
- The Cathars: Their History and Myths Revealed (2013, ISBN 1-62795-008-7)
- New Waves in Cinema (2013, ISBN 978-1842432549)
- Mystery Play (2001), a comic drama about the occult history of London, inspired by the work of Philip K. Dick, and also the Dekalog of Krzysztof Kieślowski. The film features an original score by key PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish.
- The Notebooks of Cornelius Crow (2005), a psychological thriller about the occult history of London. The film reflects Martin's interest in psychogeography.
- Genius Loci (2007), a short documentary detailing the mysteries and famous characters associated with Weston-super-Mare. Part of the Super-8 Cities Project – DVD released in 2007.
- Lanterna Magicka: Bill Douglas and the Secret History of Cinema (2009), a documentary, co-directed and co-produced with Louise Milne, about the Scottish filmmaker Bill Douglas, his collection of cinema memorabilia and his final film, Comrades (1987)
- The Druids: Travels in Deep England (2011), a documentary, directed by Louise Milne and produced by Sean Martin. Focussing on a grove of Druids who meet at the stone circle of Stanton Drew, the film features interviews with academic Ronald Hutton and science-fiction writer Liz Williams.
- A Boat Retold (2011), a short documentary about boats, storytelling and travel, co-directed with Louise Milne. Shot on the Isle of Lewis, the film follows a journey made to the Shiants by writer Robert Macfarlane and poet/artist Ian Stephen.
- Folie à Deux (2012), a feature film that represents a complete change of style for Martin. Influenced by Béla Tarr, amongst others, the film tells the story of an online date with a dark secret.