Frank Eli Martin is a London based director and cinematographer. He is interested in boundaries of genre, formal experimentation and the hallucinogenic and uncanny. His first film, ‘Cold Stack’ (2021), is a magical realist documentation of the decline of the oil rig industry and was nominated in the UK competition at Sheffield Doc Fest 2021. His second short, ‘Five Scenes From the War in Afghanistan as They Appear in East Sussex’ (2021), was nominated for best short at IDFA 2021, and documents a war veteran and gardener's fragmented experience of time. The film also screened at Sheffield Doc Fest 2022. Martin’s graduation film at NFTS, the Paradise Park Will Close on Fridays at Three depicted the absurdity of a theme park built in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, and was nominated for an IDA award in 2023. His next short ‘I Am The Immaculate Conception’, about visionary experiences of the Virgin Mary in rural Ireland, screened at True False, Big Sky Doc Fest, and London Short Film Festival 2024.

He is a graduate of the Directing Documentary course at the National Film and Television School.

Documentary // Commercial

Cold Stack (2021)

Nominated Sheffield Doc Fest UK Competition 2021
International Panorama Ecofalante 2022
Edinburgh Green Film Festival 2021

Cold Stack charts the melancholic decline of the oil rig industry in the Scottish Highlands.

Divided into three parts, the first depicts the Kishorn fabrication yard, the second section of the film shows the dereliction of the Cromarty Firth. The final section looks to the future, considering the otherworldly beauty of the wind farming that is now dominant in the area.

Director / Cinematographer—Frank Eli Martin      
Editor—Frank Eli Martin               
Composer—Charlie Bowles
Sound Designer—Oli Middleton and Cemil Hamzaoglu
Colourist—Vlad Barin