Olympian Cinematic: The screens in British hearts

It became swiftly obvious during the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games that the creative director of the showpiece, Danny Boyle understands the importance of cinema, the movies, to a nation hoping to finally craft a positive identity in the modern age.

In years gone by I was taught about Australian cinema by a remarkable lady, Cath Ellis, whose key text in beginning to understand Australia as a concept and as a nation was the opening ceremony from the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. I remember discussing the importance of self-image and identity as presented by one of these events, events that are seen and consumed by the world at large. The ceremony aims to present a potted history of the country via images, music and loads of people dancing. Continue reading “Olympian Cinematic: The screens in British hearts”

The New Site



this is the new site for the Chris vs Cinema challenge 2009. My old site which ran from the 1st to the 9th of January and contained the first 18 films is located at http://chrisvscinema.blog.com. I’ll transport all that content over to an archive file here as and when I manage to figure out how to do that.

Many thanks to Rocky Howard for hosting and helping me to figure out this, hopefully more reliable, site.  Expect reviews 19 & 20 this evening and I’ll work on the archive migration too.