Friday, 20 July 2018

Talking Bad with Timon Singh [VIDEO]

What happens when two movie nerds get together at Bristol's leading cultural arts centre, cinema and cafe over coffee and a beer? We talk movies what else and that's what happened when I met up with Timon Singh at the Watershed for a chat. 

Born and bred in the city of Bristol, Timon is the co-founder of The Bristol Bad Film Club, a monthly screening event featuring some of the most beloved bad films ever to grace the cinema screen. Titles have included, "Plan 9 From Outer Space", "Black Samurai" with "Enter the Dragon" star Jim Kelly and of course Tommy Wiseau's seminal bad film "The Room".The Bristol Bad Film Club has become a hallmark of what is quintessentially Bristol; it has also sparked a movement seeing other bad film screening events happening around the country. This is synonymous with a resurgent interest in bad films sparked by The Asylum's "Sharknado" series and I would guess a surge of nostalgia films such as "Electric Boogalo;The Wild Untold Story of Cannon Films", and more recently Rob Hill's "The Bad Movie Bible."

The other BBFC as it is known certainly keeps Timon busy as each screening sells out very quickly - people are flocking to see classics like "Shark Attack 3: Megaladon" on a big screen. As well as the club, Timon has just written a book "Born to Be Bad; talking to the greatest villains in action cinema", and the line up is impressive. From Ronny Cox ("Robocop" "Total Recall") to Bob Wall (aka O' Hara in "Enter the Dragon") Timon has amassed "a wretched hive of scum and villainy" with all the best bad guys sharing stories of their times playing iconic roles from our youth.It's available now from Bearmanor Media and everyone's favourite love-to-hate outlet Amazon!!!
As well as author and Bad Film Host, Timon also took the time to discuss another passion - the documentary "In Search of the Last Action Heroes". After a highly successful crowdfunding campaign, not only will film nerds be able to read about the adventures of our most beloved villains, but can now watch our greatest heroes talk about their days saving the world and getting the girl.

So beer and coffee in hand Timon and I chatted in detail about these great projects of action cinema, his upcoming screening of "Enter the Dragon" commemorating the 45th Anniversary of Bruce Lee's death, as well as bad movies, and some of Hollywood's less than favourable casting choices. 

The Interview

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Making Social Media Work for You

Social media has become a vital tool for businesses to promote projects, build customer bases and raise brand awareness. Yet with so much learning materials, resources, and individuals like myself on hand as guides through the social labyrinth many businesses still seem unsure how to use social media effectively. From some extensive reading and conversations with fellow professionals the mistakes made are quite commonplace. So if you want to reap the benefits of Twitter, Facebook etc take note of these helpful tips.

Blogging for Brighter Booming Business

If you don’t have a blog for your business then isn’t it about time you considered looking into this deeper? For me blogging is not only necessary but vital because I am a writer but also in an age where so much content is online my personality and services need to shine brightly on the world wide web; otherwise I am out of business. Now you don’t have to be a writer, digital marketeer or a social media fiend to have a blog. Lots of businesses from retail outlets to facilities management companies all have one, so why haven’t you? Maybe you’re not sure how to set one up, overwhlemed by work involved in running one; maybe cost is an issue. Well hopefully I can help with a few of these questions and the answers may surprise you.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

The Loneliness of Freelancing and How to Beat it

The biggest shock for me when I dived feet first into the deep end of freelancing was not the feast or famine moments, the numerous rejections, or even the thought of doing my own tax returns. No, it was the sense of loneliness and isolation that comes with being your own one man band operation. It didn’t hit me straight away as I was too excited about the grand adventure ahead and with work already to be getting on with who had time to worry about such silly things? Yet slowly and insidiously it crept up on me and before long working from home became difficult and cabin fever had set in.  That’s what comes from being used to working in an office for over 20 years but I have since found a lifeline of options. It's a harsh lonely life in the freelance world so here are my 5 ways to keep the temperatures of cabin fever at bay.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

[Film Review] Everything's Gonna Be Okay

Written/Directed by Matt Soson
Crooked Grin Productions 
Starring; Matt Soson, Erika Soto

A simple hiking trip turns into a life and death nightmare for a young couple, when Jake succumbs to an injury that leaves him unable to walk. Stranded in the middle of nowhere with no technology and no living person in sight Jake resigns to his fate but his girlfriend Alex is determined to find a way to save them both. 

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Interview with Qi Yang director A Gentle Night

Award winning film maker Qi Yang
Qi Yang is a film maker who brings real life tales to the screen, taking events straight from today's headlines and turning them into viscerally packed cinematic stories. His latest short film "A Gentle Night"  a gritty story of a distraught mother living every parents worse nightmare and is currently receiving rave reviews. His heart wrenching  tale won Qi the Palme D'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival making him the first Chinese film maker to be awarded this prestigious and much coveted prize. When I spoke with Qi I take the opportunity to congratulate him on his historic win at Cannes.