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119 thoughts on “Contact

  1. Hi Anne, we would like to have you as a guest for the 10th edition of the Lumiere Film Festival in Lyon, which will be awarding the top prize to Jane Fonda this year, with special guests including Javier Bardem and Golden Lion winner Alfonso Cuaron. I look forward to hearing back from you. All the best, Lise @ the festival press office.

  2. I just read your 1985 interview with George Miller. I did not realize that in 1985 he was talking about a female hero in a Mad Max setting, but he makes a good point about Aunty Entity as a female hero turned tyrant. I still have not seen Fury Road, but I recall most reading an article or ‘review’ of the movie online that complained that the woman was the hero of the movie and not Mad Max and that it was backdoor Hollywood feminism. That’s a polite summary of the review whose tone wasn’t polite at all. We had a laugh about it at work. I have, of course, seen all three of the original Mad Max movies several times. The post-apoc movie that I found most pleasantly surprising in recent years was The Book of Eli which I thought was very well done, restrained, and just added enough of something new to the formulaic genre (with an ode to the Spaghetti Westerns). Thanks for the article.

    • Thanks for your comments. I did quite like the Book of Eli, though thought the villains could have been better written. Must watch Fury Road again – it’s great fun, and no one directs multi-vehicle car chases quite like Miller.

      • Seems to have been in the air, as Raymond Birn might say, Tom Baker publicly suggested a female Dr. Who around 1980 when he departed the show. They finally got there in 2018. There have been many gender shifts since 2000; Starbuck became a female as did Cain in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica in 2003. Star Trek finally had female starship captain in 1995. Enculturation of modernity.

  3. Hello – thanks for your column on muses — much needed. Absolutely a creepy term meant to erase the personhood and creative existence of the woman and assign all credit for her work to the man. As I think about it, the only way a woman could avoid that was to be an on-screen bitch, and then it was all about how she had to be managed, that wildcat! Again, not actually a person, but the director’s property. Feh.

  4. Hello Anne,
    I want to ask you if it is possible to publish a small article with a link to my website at I think the article would be interesting.
    My website provides translation services for subtitles from one language to another, the translation is done automatically via google translator with the ability to edit that subtitle after it is translated to get a clean translation of subtitles from one language to another . We have three types of subtitle translators on the website and one can even translate up to 20 subtitles at once. Please take a look at my website and if you decide to publish an article with my website I would be very grateful.

    Best regards,

    • Hello Slaven, I am not sure I understand. Are you asking me to write an article for you, or do you want to reproduce an article I have already written?

  5. Ciao Anne. New lockdown in Italy, so days in Salento to read all your articles and order your books. Love cats and blocks of flats, punk days in The Oval long gone but impressed with your photograph of the wall of books in Clapham in the late 1970’s. And will watch the du Maurier films hopefully in the order you have just listed them in The Guardian….no need for the new Rebecca.

    • Hey Shelagh, Good to hear from you! Salento, eh. One day I’ll be able to travel again… Lockdown here in Antwerp too – bars and cinemas just shut down for the second time, so nothing for it but to plug on with the new novel… Not seen the new Rebecca but 100% recommend The Queen’s Gambit, best mini-series in years. x

      • Well. Your gambit of recommending The Queen’s Gambit really played off. Excellent.
        Maybe when you will be able to do a move travel wise you can come to Salento. The Tricase Film Festival is something Miss Mirren goes to!
        More recommendations please.

        • The first two seasons of GLOW are great, but I got bored during the third.
          The GOOD PLACE is delightful nearly all the way through. Best not to read anything in advance.
          RUSSIAN DOLL is good.
          First two seasons of FARGO are fab, though it went sharply downhill in the third.
          First season of LEGION is legit mind-blowing but in the second season it went downhill pretty fast.
          MINDHUNTER is compelling (even if you’re fed up with serial killers, as I was) but grim.
          SUCCESSION takes a few episodes to get going, but once it takes off it’s a blast, and very addictive.
          Finally, if you haven’t already seen it, have plenty of time on your hands and are willing to concentrate (if you don’t watch properly you will miss half the pay-offs later on), THE WIRE is one of the best TV shows ever made. Dickensian in scope, though the last season was a bit rushed.

    • hello -missing you and need feedback on art and photo since we depend on your past experience
      as Intern’l arts voyager- can we send images ? Ciao and dewa mata

  6. Hi Anne. It seems impossible to contact you so I’m going to try it here – hoping for a response. I’m currently studying (Film) my last year at Ravensbourne University here in London and I’m working on my dissertation about the Female Gaze. If possible, it would be amazing to get an interview with you – zoom or in person. Whatever works for you. I’m on twitter/instagram/facebook (@mathilderikner and/or Mathilde Rikner) but I do also have an email ( – please give me a shout! x

    • Hi, I live in Belgium, so face to face meetings aren’t feasible right now, and I use Zoom as little as possible. I would be happy to answer some written questions – but not TOO many, please! I’ll mail you my email address. all the best AB

  7. Great ghost list in the Guardian. Saw The Haunting aged 14. Terrified me, in the cinema, never forgotten the experience.
    You forgot the original, “Changeling”. I think around1980. That rocking chair at the top of the stairs and a brilliant unexpected ending!

  8. Hi Anne, my name’s Nick and a while back I stumbled across a movie I had never heard of, it completely blew me away and so ever since I’ve been desperately trying to convince everyone across movie fandom to give it a shot and hopefully drag it out of complete obscurity. The movies called ‘The Beast of War’ aka ‘The Beast’ from 1988, Directed by Kevin reynolds staring George dzundza – Jason Patric and Steven bauer, it was only released in two screens across the whole of the U.S. By columbia pictures, and I kid you not when I say this is the best Hollywood film you’ve never heard of. Quentin tarantino’s old writing partner Roger avery has it down as the best movie of 1988 on letterboxd, and he also has it down as one of his 20 desert island films with ‘Apocalypse now’ being the only other war film. The film has a rating of 7.3 on imdb, 3.5 on letterboxd, but not a single critics review on rottentomatoes, but it does have an audience score of 84%. I’m starting to get more and more podcasts to check it out and review it while letterboxd reviews seem to be on the increase now. I think it would be great if companies like Criterion or Shout factory etc could get their hands on it and give it the exposure it clearly needs. Please seek this film out, it’s available on dvd and streaming, so it won’t be difficult to track down and if you do see it let me know if you agree with me that this might be one of the 10 best american movies of the 1980s, one way or another we need to find a way to raise this movies profile and prevent it from continual obscurity once and for all. Just check out the trailer. Thank you.

    • Hi Nick, Thanks for your message. I did see this film back in the 1980s, though it clearly didn’t have the impact on me that it had on you. If you want to raise a movie’s profile, the best way is probably to do a blog or podcast about it, or even tweet about it. Have you thought about WHY you liked it so much? That might be an interesting starting-point for a blog post or letterbox review. All the best AB

  9. Hi, Anne! My name is Matías Carnevale and I work as a cultural journalist here in Argentina. I’m also an occasional translator: I translated poems and essays by Heathcote Williams, Carl Sandburg, and Julian Barnes, among others.
    I once read your story about Jonesy, the cat in Alien, but I can’t find it now. Would you please share it with me? I’m a big fan of the first 4 Alien films, and –if you allow me to– I’d like to translate the story.
    PS. If you can read in Spanish, I could send you a book I wrote on 70s and 80s American science fiction films.

    • Hi Matías, thanks for your message. Sorry it has taken me so long to reply. After one year of lockdown I’m going a bit mad, I think, and my organisational skills (never great to begin with) are currently all over the place.

      My Day by Jones is available in my book Cats on Film (available in paperback and kindle) but if you’re serious about translating it I could let you have a PDF file of the book. All I ask in return is that if you sell it for publication anywhere, you share the publication fee with me.

      My Spanish is terrible, but I would still love to see your book.

      • Thanks for your kind reply, Anne! I’ll send my book to an e-mail address of your choice.
        Would you please share the PDF with me? Selling translations is a little bit more difficult than selling fiction, and even harder than selling non-fiction, but I’ll do my best.

  10. Hi Anne, I was just wondering RE your article, ‘My favourite film aged 12: The Charge of the Light Brigade’ – also a favourite of mine. According to the BBFC it was released at 138 m, but the longest version available now is 125 m. Since there seems to be very little information/interest around this film, do you know anything about the stuff that’s missing from it? Regards, Brogan

  11. I don’t have twitter & how in the world does one use Cyrillic letters to find your Facebook page to contact you? Seriously. Google certainly wasn’t much help. I’m wondering if I’m missing something.

    Be that as it may, I’ll leave a comment here on your Guardian article on the top 20 duels. Yes, I understand the subjective nature of such lists & that you’re certainly immensely perceptive & knowledgeable. There are certainly sentimental favorites of yours that are bound to creep in with all of 20 duels to choose from – but some of your sentimental Japanese choices crowding out the overwhelming consensual reality of the vast majority – on what are considered the all time works of genius is well, beyond me. See if you disagree on second thought. Considered by so many to be the very best sword fight ever filmed is Toshiro Mifune in Kobyashi’s Samurai Rebellion. So great a classic normally considered to eclipse all other Japanese sword duels, that Tarantino paid undisputed, substantial homage to it in Kill Bill 1 in terms of Uma Thurman’s otherwise incomparable sword fight scene. Not just one but both omitted from your list? It’s your list of course so I’ll leave it at that in terms of sword fighting. You introduce a gun fight & a superlative choice you made in terms of Barry Lyndon but I would submit the duel in Ridley Scott’s The Duelists is no less extraordinary & soulful. It was as you’re certainly aware an homage to Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon & commonly regarded as a better, deeper more entertaining film. I can live with that omission if I have to but including all time greatest duels involving guns as well & no mention of The Good, the Bad & the Ugly’s duel at the end? I can understand a note at the end as to why you didn’t include these undeniable classics & masterpieces that still resonate so profoundly – but but not even that? It’s your privilege to be as quixotic as you like of course & your choices were never less then intelligently entertaining as far as they went (& some I couldn’t agree with more) but if you were merely a hack, I wouldn’t have bothered with this. Best.

    • It was one-on-one sword fight duels, not guns, pistols or light sabres. And, as you so rightly point out, this sort of list is by its very nature subjective. I’m sorry if I omitted your favourites. Indeed, if I were to make a list like this a week from now, it would probably be different. It’s only a list!

  12. I just clicked on your Barry Lyndon link & can know see it was the sword fight & not the musket duel you ere referring to so I’ll happily retract my gun duel remarks.

  13. Thanks a lot for your article on Cinema’s greatest duels. Did you forget to include MGMs Scaramouch with Stewart Granger and Mel Ferrar. I think it lasted five minutes or so?
    Kind regards Howard

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