Archive for Anne Billson

Back to Work

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , , on July 5, 2019 by dcairns

The tireless work of the labourer in cinema. Got back from Bologna on Monday and recorded Anne Billson, our celebrity cat-sitter, for a video essay we’re doing on an undisclosed subject. This is our first real collaboration, though we’ve talked a lot about doing a screenplay together. It’s for Masters of Cinema but that’s all I’m saying.

The following day I recorded a VO for another video essay for another company, Arrow Video, title also undisclosed, and the next day we began editing it.

Today there’s a screening of the graduation films from Edinburgh College of Art — many of which won firsts — so I’ll be at Filmhouse later.

With all this going on, I haven’t had time to watch any films apart from those the video essays deal with, so as you may have noticed, I have nothing to say.

Oh, if you have a Criterion Channel subscriptions, you can watch my two video interviews with the great Angela Allen, who talks about her work with John Huston, Tony Richardson, Roman Polanski and Ken Russell (all of them bad boys). Photographed by my longtime collaborator Jane Scanlan and edited by Stephen C. Horne.

The picture at top is not a clue.

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The Plan

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , on June 20, 2019 by dcairns

So, Edinburgh International Film Festival is just starting but we cannot attend! Today, critic and lady novelist Anne Billson arrives from the continent to flat-sit, cat-sit and attend on our behalf — interested parties can see and hear her in The Science of Scary panel discussion.

We jet off for Bologna first thing, or slightly before first thing, tomorrow morning. The fest there, Il Cinema Ritrovato, does not get started properly until Saturday, but on the Friday we have the opportunity to see a new documentary about Jean Gabin, and FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE, newly restored. I’m hoping it’ll have the correct poster-paint blue skies and the mismatched dusk shots at the end will be lovingly preserved.

But I’m also tempted by a documentary about six P.A.’s from the glory days of Italian cinema — already this festival is offering tantalising choices!

Fat Thigh

Posted in FILM with tags , , on January 15, 2018 by dcairns

The mighty Anne Billson was just saying on Twitter that not many films have the word “thigh” in the title.

She suggested Rock n Roll Thigh School, Thigh School Musical, American Thigh, Thigh Robot, Thigh-Rise, Thighlander, Thigh Noon, Thighlight…

All I could think of was THIGH ME UP THIGH ME DOWN and THIGH LIVE BY NIGHT. OK, also THE THIGHLAND OF LOST SOULS, THE THIGHS OF LAURA MARS, THIGH KNOW WHERE THIGH’M GOING, THIGHRON MAN, THE THIGHGER SANCTION, I THIGHED A THOUSAND TIMES, NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND THIGHS.

But we never attached a hashtag saying #MakeAFilmThigh-y so it didn’t become a meme or anything.

Sadly, I’ve forgotten what trailer the word “thigh” above comes from. Maybe some expert in erotica like Professor Joseph Slade can tell us. The word “fat” is a cheat: I freeze-framed the trailer for the boring Raquel Welch romp FATHOM as the title was wiping onto the screen. Have I just disillusioned you?

Why not try making a film thigh-y yourself, if you have some spare life to waste?