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

I Am The Immaculate Conception (2023)

London Short Film Festival Official Selection 2024
Big Sky Doc Fest Official Selection 2024
True False Film Festival 2024
DC Dox 2024

In 1985, the village of Ballinspittle in Ireland was the site of a mass visionary experience. Worshippers at the local grotto saw the statue of the Virgin Mary come to life. Soon, thousands made the pilgrimage and—for a summer—the phenomenon gripped the country.

Almost forty years later, a handful of local devotees remain, including the statue’s dutiful caretaker Patrick Joseph Simms. Through Simms and a chorus of locals, the film documents both the mystical landscape of rural Irish Catholicism and a terrible darkness beneath its surface.

Director / Cinematographer—Frank Eli Martin   
Producer—Frank Eli Martin and Solomon Golding
Editor—Harry Foster               
Composer—Jean-Marc Eck
Sound Designer—Simon Penayi and Etienne Kompis
Production Manager—Sophie Outhwaite / Ciara McKenna
Colourist—Esther Solomon
Location Sound—Callum Bentley