I had something of a revelation. In the midst of all the preview screenings, of creating film collages, of drafting reviews and pouring over online production notes - I came to a sudden realisation. I realised why I love film. It's one thing to finally identify something that you can integrate into your identity, a hobby - an interest which comes wholly and incontrovertibly you. It's another to finally appreciate why it means so much to you.
As a young girl, my interests would flit briefly from one obsession to another. I dabbled in the simple pleasures of photography, delved shortly but deeply into the world of cooking and spent months obsessing over classic authors such as Oscar Wilde and Jane Austen. I was constantly being inspired and motivated to write stories and poems, to spend hours cooking dinners on whim, dressing to look like someone or other. I even had a brief stint of being overtly dedicated to the idea of going into the world of politics. I loved shouting about injustices and the idea of having the power to do something about it seemed somewhat delirious, fantastical. But nothing ever lasted. It was when I was thinking about this that I realised why I love film. Because film endorses each and every one of these.
Upon watching The Darjeeling Limited, Under the Tuscan Sun and The Endless Summer I would be filled with wanderlust and spend hours dreaming about travel. Julie and Julia inspired something of a long-time hobby of cooking, just as The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover did. The controversial Lions for Lambs was responsible for my brief love affair with politics. My phase of period dramas of Jane Austen, Brönte sisters and Charles Dickens adaptations had me convinced I needed to write a novel.
The irony of this all is when I watch films about films. The Purple Rose of Cairo for instance or more specifically we come to Hugo.
For those of you that have seen the dazzling Martin Scorsese film then you will understand this. It was this revelation which lead me to finally deciding on a Favicon for Cinema 13. A Favicon is that tiny icon located at the start of the URL. And here I would like to acknowledge two great men:
Martin Scorsese: a man who continues to inspire a generation.
Georges Méliès: a man who inspired the world.