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...

February 19, 2020

 In 1990 Gérard Depardieu, the darling of the Grench cinema for 20 or so years, became an international star with the release of Cyrano de Bergerac (1990, Jean-Paul Rappeneau) and Green Card (1990, Peter Weir).

30 years on and the BFI have released a sparkling 4k restor...

February 12, 2020


Congratulations to Bong Joon-Ho and the Parasite creative team on their victory at the Oscars. 

Parasite is a well-deserving winner.

Since the beginning of this year, I have been keeping a record of all films I've seen on Letterboxd, you can find me there as cheshell...

January 15, 2020

On the 9 Janaury the Bognor Regis Picturedrome celebrated 100 years as a cinema, with a fabulous Black Tie event...

- two spotlight light beams could be seen for miles

-local dignitaries and industry people arrived in their finery

-via red carpet we were taken in through...

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