Monday, 8 June 2009


Cinema is best served by emotion and story.

Cinema should take you somewhere.

The best films leave you thinking long after the light has died.

Films can be short, medium or long. The story is more important than the number of minutes.

The worst cinema is sometimes made by the best people. And vice versa. 

Friday, 5 June 2009

Cinema is a desire...

"The French New Wave taught me that cinema is a desire, not a school. Cinema just happens, full stop. Nobody can tell you how to do it or what the rules are. And you do it with new faces. Personally I don't like actors who have already been the bearers of other withered desires. Isn't the camera more suitable for discovering than filming - for discovering  the inner soul through those big, big mystery-revealing close-ups of which I am so fond?"

Catherine Breillat (director 36 fillette, Romance, A ma soeur) taken from Sight & Sound May '09. 

Thursday, 4 June 2009


I'm reading Voices of Akenfield by Ronald Blyth. It's an extraordinary book with first hand accounts of life in a Suffolk village.