So what do you want to know? For as long as I can remember I always wanted to be a gangster . . . I mean involved in the film industry. Films were always an escape for me. For those two to three hours, they could take me on journeys with memorable characters, sometimes with crazy breathtaking effects, others with just fantastic story writing (GAY!). I love to write too. I dabble (dabble? Who uses that?) in short stories. I originally wanted to be a film critic hence the eloquent rants that you see on this very page. Plus it was a great excuse to cover my film addiction.
I go to the cinema as often as possible. I have one of those Unlimited cards for my local (like it’s a pub. Some people drink. I watch films). In one year, I saw 145 films! Crazy I know. I do have some academic credibility (well I got the nice letters on the end of my name). I attended DeMontfort University in Leicester and studied a three year undergraduate course in BA Film and Media Studies. I could study films?! Incredible. Note for the skeptics, it wasn’t all films, films, films. I mean could you tell me the hidden dialectical meanings behind 1980s Third World Cinema? Or compare and contrast the capitalist dystopias presented in 1980s science fiction movies? Yeah not all Disney and Harry Potter. (Had a good portion on it mind). Even managed to do my dissertation on Contemporary American Film Noir (a genre that seems to be a lack of these days). However, within my first year, my lecturer had the pleasure of dropping the bombshell that being a film critic was nigh on impossible. Once papers, magazines, etc have a film critic, it’s pretty much the waiting game and for some reason (not that I should insult that) they live for a very long time.
So I proceeded from my BA (with Honours) degree and took a two year part time Masters Degree in Television Scriptwriting. Why complain about movies all the time? Put your money where your mouth is and try and write one . . . Still trying. No, I joke. I have scripts but the format can bog down the story plus I am a perfectionist or nervous wreck. Either way scripts are getting out quick enough. I was taught by the ever talented Jim Hill (Boon and The Bill) and Christopher Walker (The Upper Hand). I am trying to convert my scripts into short stories so people can read them on the blog. Working progress. It was a great experience. Got the pleasure of developing one of my final projects with Eastenders writer Robin Mukherjee and visited the Holby City set where I shook hands with Guy Henry (HC fans will know. For those who don’t, he was also in V for Vendetta and the later Harry Potter films. SMALL CLAIMS COURT!).
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(Also SMALL CLAIMS COURT! Basically when someone says they have seen a minor celebrity, you shout SMALL CLAIMS COURT! Great if you want to wind up people who brag that they have seen a celebrity in their local Tesco or something. I digress.)
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