Welcome to the second entry in our "Meet the Members" spotlight series. Through a bio and a few questions, we hope to give you a better insight into who our members are and why they love creating film content. So, without further ado...
My name is Olly. I recently finished a degree in writing and I have since began working as a freelance writer specialising in film, games, and other aspects of popular culture. I was a very introverted child, so as I was growing up I would spend a lot of my time indoors and watching a lot of TV. My Mum would usually show me the cute Disney films, but when she wasn't around my Dad would put on anything scary or violent. I saw John Carpenter's The Thing and Ridley Scott's Alien at seven years old! My Dad was definitely my main influence on the types of films I enjoy, but I can't really say I prefer one genre over the other. I'm open to anything!
If you could experience one scene for the first time again, which one would it be and why?
The diner scene from David Lynch's Mulholland Drive has always stood out to me. In the scene, two men played by Patrick Fischler and Michael Cooke sit in a diner and discuss a dream experienced by the former. I won't spoil what happens, but it's one of the most suspenseful and terrifying scenes I've ever seen in a horror/mystery film. Lynch is a master of manipulating the mind and this scene proves it. I would like to experience this again for the first time.
How many times have you been to the cinema to see the same film? What film was it, and why the repeated viewing?
Not that many times actually. I've been to see some good films twice (John Wick: Chapter Two, La La Land) because of how much I enjoyed them, but also some really terrible films (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) too, possibly to give it another chance. I can't recall a time where I went to go see a film at the cinema more than twice though.
You’re stuck in a room for 24 hours. You are allowed one film to watch, one soundtrack to listen to and one character to hang out with. What/who would you choose, and why?
I'd put Aliens on loop because I'm pretty confident in saying that's the most rewatchable film ever. Then I'd be listening to Hans Zimmer's score for Interstellar, as that provided a perfect relaxation station for when I revised during university. I'd enjoy all of this while hanging out with Tony Stark. It'd be fun to hang out with a millionaire, though I don't know if he would enjoy it as much.