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Francis studied philosophy at Kings College, London where he wrote for the student paper, Roar. He specialized in aesthetics and political philosophy.
Since graduation he has worked as the marketing manager at Euromoney (this is a financial publishing firm) during the day and as a writer by night. At present he's writing a play titled A Duel in the Kremlin. This is a play about the struggle for power in Russia between Stalin and Trotsky after the death of Lenin in 1924.
Nigeria he's lived in the United Kingdom for 11
years and is saving money to go to film school,
where he intends to learn how to make films and
to Carol Talking Pictures magazine carried
many of her in-depth interviews with independent
and mainstream film-makers. Most of these
interviews, along with those we did not find room
for, are now on this website. As a full-time film
journalist she has contributed reviews to many
Anderson is 24, and was born in Sheffield. By day,
a receptionist, by night, asleep. By the light of
the moon, a wandering minstrel (he tells us).
want him to write for you (yes, you!) feel free to
get in touch:
is a film writer and Associate Tutor affiliated to
the British Film Institute. Aside from
contributing to the Bright Lights Film Journal,
Audience and Senses of Cinema
websites, his publications include Billy
Wilder, American Film Realist (McFarland,
2000). He is currently working on Chocolate
Biscuits and Italian Neo-Realism, a blend of
reception aesthetics and personal recollection,
and a book on Realism for the Bfi.
He hopes one day to find the missing footage of
Peter Sellers from Kiss Me, Stupid and is
very fond of creme fraiche and certain Michelle
Pfeiffer movies (who isn't?).
born around the time of Rocky 3 and lived
my childhood playing catch-up with cinematic
history. I’m still not there yet. My father used
to let us (I have 4 siblings) watch most things
when we were young so I was desensitised to
ultra-violence at a pretty young age, courtesy of
John Rambo, Robocop and Scarface. By the time Phantom
Menace disappointed everyone, I had started
my A-levels and by the time Gladiator made
everyone fancy Russell Crowe, I had done quite
well in them. I studied English at Bristol UWE all
the way through Traffic to the year of the
(although I think it should be the year of the Hulk). My
favourite movie of all time is Rocky,
although the best movie of all time is probably Magnolia.
My favourite video-game of all time is Super
Mario World and it’s also the greatest of
all time. The best book of all time is The
Hunch-Back of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo and
my favourite song keeps changing. Right now it’s Life
on Mars by David Bowie. I’ve been in love
before but it’s not as good as Rocky.
I wish I’d studied Film at university. Instead I have a degree in Law, a subject that doesn’t even come close to my passion for films. My favourite movies of all time are Saturday Night Fever, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Rocky II. As for the state of modern cinema I agree with Paul Newman who said:
then (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid)
we shot movies, today they shoot budgets”.
Martyn Bamber is a writer and filmmaker living in London. He has written for other film journals, including Senses of Cinema: www.sensesofcinema.com.
“I became interested in working for an art house type cinema after my job relocated me to Salisbury in 2003. Suddenly, screenings of foreign language and independent films that I had taken for granted when living in London soon became a rarity. I am particularly excited about the advent of d-cinema and e-cinema and foresee a new era of internet distribution and small scale digital cinemas (or “minimas”) that offer a more culturally varied alternative to the multiplexes.”
Patrick can be contacted at email@example.com
Bo-Lynx is, in a nutshell, “computer and films,
and; films and computer”. She loves movies, and
she loves the computer, but not necessarily in
that order. She can virtually spend seven or
eight hours a day in the cinema or,
When I was a little boy, I was befriended by Dick Powell, who was a very kind man (he loved kids). I fell in love with Constance in MGM's "The Three Musketeers". Constance, in my eyes and heart, is a beautiful princess. Constance was sensitively portrayed by a little girl, who was born in the Bronx and became a Hollywood legend. Ella, who is known to the world as June Allyson, always gives me constant encouragement, inspiration, and passion. I'm tired and weary of the 'harsh reality pictures' and their shattered dreams. I miss the 'dream factories' of old because Judy Garland's 'rainbow dream pictures' give us something to reach for.
History and Film Criticism at a small academy
outside Trenton, NJ. His articles on film
have appeared in Bright Lights Film Journal,
The Journal of Religion and Film, Metaphilm,
24 Frames Per Second, AugustCutter.com
and Film Comment. He has published a
'zine, Film Ex, for the last eleven years.
early contributor to Talking Pictures who
went out of contact in the late 1990s to
concentrate on writing a best-selling novel.
now she is researching the inconsistencies in the
L.A. court system, as they pertain to (and usually
don't pertain to) human and civil rights.
I studied a BA in Cultural Studies and enjoy a variety of cultural pastimes such as seeing films, going to gigs and reading books and magazines. I also like to eat, especially artichokes and fudge (not together), sleep and watch TV in bed. I grew up in New Zealand which I still call home but have lived in London since 1999.
currently employed as a Communications Officer in
an Architecture and Design practice. I can be
contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have just started a Foundation Degree in Newspaper and Magazine Journalism and my dream job is to write about films. As a typical girl's girl I love the usual chick flicks but I am also a big Cameron Crowe fan, which allows me to explore my love of music in film too. I love writing/talking about films and influencing other people's viewing habits. I felt like I really achieved something when I managed to talk my little brother into watching black and white films and films with subtitles. There is still hope for young people!
public speaking and film technical college in
South Carolina. I have had one novel, THE
SCOUSERS, published in 1995. The book was
ALMOST turned into
Mark is currently toiling in the tourism field while waiting for his big break; replacing whichever member of the Rolling Stones decides to give up the ghost first.
spare time Mark enjoys volleyball, blues music,
and long moonlit walks on the beach. He lives in
Having graduated from university with a 2:2 degree, Jamie has been reviewing films for the past two years and is currently working on several personal projects at the moment. The first film he remembers seeing was 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?' And his favourite film is 'Back to the Future' for sheer entertainment and writing reasons. If you would like him to review or write anything for your publication, please contact him at email@example.com
an Essex based writer who graduated from the
University of Bedfordshire this academic year
(05/06) with a 2.1 classification BA Honours
Donna has been involved in music and entertainment writing since the age of 16.
Currently working as a press officer, Donna combines her passion for writing and entertainment to freelance write for as many clients as possible in her spare time.
She regularly submits work to several magazines and websites, and is responsible for all content on girls online pop music magazine Luscious Girls (www.lusciousgirls.net).
more information on work published and
availability please contact Donna at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick Green is a produced feature film
screenwriter, who has worked in the industry as
a script writer, editor and analyst for twelve
years. His CV
has worked on several films and TV commercials. He
has acted as a cameraman and is a special effects
expert. He was a regular book reviewer for Talking
Pictures for several years.
I live in Wolverhampton, England and am currently studying for a combined degree in Creative & Professional Writing and Film Studies. I am hoping to work in magazine journalism and, in an ideal world, I would love to be a professional film critic, like the late Pauline Kael. I spend a lot of time at the cinema (nothing compares to the big screen) and I also enjoy the theatre and 1980s nostalgia. My favourite genre is horror and I am particularly fond of cult and B-movies as well as more mainstream stuff. My favourite directors include Todd Solondz, Quentin Tarantino and John Carpenter. I can be contacted at email@example.com
Aged 25 and living in the deepest depths of Worcestershire: 'I am currently working my way through the business they call ‘show’ as a theatre education officer and cinema programmer. My proudest moment is gaining a First Class Honours in English and Literary Studies before being thrown to the lions to try and scrape together a career, although it is my love of books, films and plays that gets me through the night.'
(the girlie options): Some Like it Hot, Amelie,
It’s a Wonderful Life.
Jen is one of those lucky few who make a living at making sarcastic comments about films she loves, trying to remember them later, and writing them down.
In her spare time she plays saxophone and piano, ballet dances, does yoga, paints, reads, runs, does endurance races with her horse, and (completely destroying her sweetness and light image) boxes competitively.
Jen lives in Nova Scotia.
David is curently doing a masters degree in international journalism. His favourite films include Pulp Fiction, Taxi Driver and Annie Hall.
is a psychologist and an expert on UFO stories and
their cultural context. In particular he has
compared UFO movie scenarios and images and their
impact on 'real' UFO reports.
Last is studying English Literature with Film at
university. She wants to become a film
critic. She likes most films, especially
sci-fi, action and some horror films. She does not
really find it particularly comfortable writing in
the third person.
Is the reviews editor of Total Film
Andrew studied film and literature at the University of Warwick. He has been involved with local politics in Birmingham for many years.
wrote about the strange aspects of a 'silent'
movie star in the first issue of Talking
Pictures, entitled A Star For Our Times. Since
then he's looked at the political ramifications of
and how the Hollywood Censor Stayed Stumm for
of the MA program in Film and Television Studies
at the University of Amsterdam. My final theis was
about film form and postmodernism. After a year in
Australia, now living in home city of
Edinburgh, working to pay for my dvd
collection and Cineworld Unlimited Card.
Interested in Hollywood, European film
and Post-Classical Cinema, I hope to have more
writing published in the future.
tells us, "I am 22 year old film studies graduate
from Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. I am
currently happily unemployed and living in
Newcastle, where I
Filmmaker. Studied journalism in Holland and filmmaking in London. Graduated in writing/directing. He started his own independent production company, Free Spirits Productions in 1998. His film Rainbow Days has been distributed by Documedia International. He is the editor of Skrien, a Dutch film magazine.
Simon works for an investment bank but
would like to take up something more
interesting. He writes the soccer articles for
Robert Moss is 37, lives in north
London and works as a journalist and sub-editor.
He has been on the verge of working as a
full-time film scriptwriter for several years.
He hopes to be on the verge for many more years.
He is also very tall. Quite inconceivably tall.
And very good looking (so he says).
Sunny is a London based based reporter and presenter.
Danny Parker lives in Leicester and
has a passion for films past and present. He
"I don’t generally have a favourite
movie genre just a avid interest in all types of
Mark is a regular contributor to Fortean
Platt is a freelance journalist and writes for a
number of national magazines and websites. She’s
particularly fascinated by all things strange
Alistair Pope is an actor and writer
who lives in London. More details can be
viewed at www.alistairpope.co.uk
I recently graduated with a BA in Contemporary History from the University of Sussex in Brighton. Typically, it only became clear to me whilst sitting through 3 years of history lectures that my real passion lay within the media industry. As a result I am currently studying a Masters in Media and Cultural Studies and trying to gain as much experience as possible within the film/television industry. After I graduate I plan to move back to London and hopefully gain a top job within a film/tv production company.
from Bretton Hall College, University of Leeds
with a First in English, Lucy is preparing to
study for a Masters degree in English Literature.
She has a keen interest in art, comedy, film and
creative writing, and has had work published by
Forward Press: Poetry Now, Anchor Books and
the-phone-book.com. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
is a freelance writer who lives in Vancouver BC
with his wife Joan, a pre-School Teacher, and has
two sons, David, a Film Editor in LA and Marc, a
Special Needs worker in the Pacific Northwest. He
has been a Social Worker and a Technical Writer
and now has many film reviews and articles to his
credit. He can be contacted at: email@example.com
film interests range from Steven Spielberg and
Orson Welles to Hammer horror. In 1988 he
graduated from the University of Warwick with a BA
(Hons) in Film and Literature. He has co-written
comedy scripts for radio and in 1992 co-authored Supernatural
Spielberg with Nigel
Watson. He works as a journalist in the New
graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in
2000 with a first class degree in performing arts
and the Sir Nigel Hawthorne Award for Outstanding
Achievement. Interested in film from a young age,
David is currently taking his formal training to
become a qualified journalist and writes for
a number of websites and his local newspaper
group. Favourite films include Life is Beautiful
(la vita e bella), It's a Wonderful Life and The
Shawshank Redemption and he has a real passion for
the work of Alfred Hitchcock.
Is studying for an MA in Documentary Research in order to (hopefully) blend her past life as a journalist with her new aspirations as a filmmaker... eventually. She has had varied jobs from aerobics instructor (which she still does) to teaching English as a foreign language - with some proof reading thrown in for good measure. She adds: "Although I am studying documentary, I love all film and have a broad range of tastes - if it's good (my discretion!) I like it."
completely re-designed Talking Pictures in
the Spring of 1996. He designed and printed issue
number 14 right through to 21 when we brought the
magazine on-line as this website. As well as being
an I.T. consultant he is the co-director of
ST&T Publishing Ltd. If you want to print a
magazine, book or any other type of publication he
can supply you with a quote. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rishi Vaja lives in London. He notes: 'I recently graduated from DeMontfort University in Leicester (also known as the plughole of the Midlands!). I studied Media and got a 2.2 ( also known as the Drinking Man's Degree!). I absolutely love watching films but studying it 24 hours a day, se7en days a week meant that by the end of my degree I couldn't watch another film! Therefore in lectures I started coming up with ways of getting back at bad Hollywood films by writing venom about it! My influences are diverse - I love directors such as Robert Rodreiguez, David Fincher and Sergio Leone however I find myself watching films like Bring It On and Beverly Hills Cop 2! I guess you could call me a Confused Arthouse Mainstream Film Junkie!'
Kathryn was a copywriter in North
London. She left to work for a publishing
company and has not been in contact since
Photographing Scunthorpe, writing,
music and poetry are just some of Robin's
interests. He has written detailed and
well-respected guides to the works of Bob Dylan,
including Isaiah on Guitar. He is the
founder of Exploding Rooster books. His
ambition is to write a classic novel that will
befuddle the world.
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