about me

“Film is a disease. When it infects your bloodstream, it takes over as the number one hormone; it bosses the enzymes; directs the pineal gland; plays Iago to your psyche. As with heroin, the antidote to film is more film.”

Inspired by Mark Cousins’ ‘Story of Film’, I have decided to try and fill the gaps in my experience of world cinema. I have a PhD in Film, but my background both in terms of taste and in terms of academic study had been for genre movies: typically American or British: action movies, conspiracy thrillers, horror, folk horror, political thrillers, all movies with solid, primary coloured plots, clear antecedents and a comforting, recognisable structure.

I still love these films and I still take the approach that sometimes it’s the genre movie that best reflects the true political or social structure of a time and place, but to focus on a small number of countries, periods or styles is limiting, and Cousins’ documentary reminded me that cinema is not synonymous with Hollywood. I want to experience not just new movies, but new types of movie. I want to learn how to appreciate different paces of story and the different focus each country places on history, politics, myth and society. Contact me at mattbarberuk@gmail.com with any comments, criticism, social invitations, dirty jokes or advice on dealing with embarrassing medical conditions.

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