June 27, 2020

Following on from May's #30DayFilmChallenge where I enjoyed revisiting films in my collection which I'd not watched in some time, in June I gave myself another film watching challenge #AlphabetFilm.

In June each day I would watch films beginning with a letter of the alp...

June 7, 2020

Well the good news is that each year it is getting easier to find films directed by women, on the down side they still only represent a small percentage of the films I watch.

Read blogs for Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4.

This group of 52 spanning 101 years from 1919...

May 31, 2020

On the 1st May I spotted this #30DayFilmChallenge on twitter and thought that it would be fun

challenge to both choose the films, and watch them. It seemed particularly apt given that my 50th birthday fell in May, so I was already pondering my first half century as film...

May 20, 2020

I've been doing a #30DayFilmChallenge, and day 20 is a 'Film that changed your life'. It was a tough one as I couldn't initially recall a pivotal film that in some way 'changed me'. So, I've been mulling over key moments or decisions in my life that were in some way li...

May 9, 2020

Well I’ve reached a milestone – the big 5-0.

And what would any self-respecting film fan do to commemorate this?
Make a list, of course!

So, I’ve gone for my fave film from each year since 1970 (years as per IMDB).

What would yours be? Join the discussion @cheshellen


May 7, 2020

One of my fave podcasts, The Cinematologists, recently celebrated its 100th episode. 

I've been a fan from the outset enjoying both the episodes built around a single film, and the bonus episodes. All episodes feature an intro with hosts Dr Dario Llinares (@dariodoublel...

April 30, 2020

On Jane Campion's birthday, I thought I'd take some time out to trace my history and fasciantion with her extraordinary body of work.

I first saw The Piano (1993) in screen one of the Barbican Cinema when it was first released. I was working there at the time, and so ha...

April 23, 2020

3 Years ago on the 23 April 2017, I was present at an historic event. After 30 years, director David Leland was reunited with Emily Lloyd, who had starred in his 1987 film Wish You Were Here, based on their early life on infamous British madam, Cynthia Payne.

Cynthia Pa...

April 16, 2020

131 years ago today, Charlie Chaplin was a born in South London.

7 years ago, I was invited to research and write three chapters for Taschen’s The Charlie Chaplin Archives. The three chapters I wrote covering Chaplin’s childhood, theatre career, his move to Hollywood an...

March 8, 2020

In celebration of International Women's Day, I've set myself the challenge to pick one  film a year, directed by a woman since 2000. These films have surpised, delighted, moved, amused or challenged me.

I've tried to select a mix of well-known titles alongside those tha...

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