My Life in Film #8

Film has long been an addiction as well as instrumental in forming some of the friendships and relationships that are of most important to me. Film has influenced the language that I use, the books that I read and the music that I listen to.

Most of all, film has been there for me at pivotal moments in my life; it’s a BFF who’s just as comfortable dumbing down with beers and pizza as they are engaging in existentialist chit-chat. In short, film is my everyday and film is my life.

To illustrate my point and exorcise my addiction, each week I will shed a tiny glimpse into how film affects my every day. Are you ready?

My Life in Film #8


I couldn’t have been more than 7 or 8. My grandad belonged to that long-since defunct institution: the video club. Every six months a glossy brochure would arrive detailing all of the new VHS releases and my grandad, a WW2 veteran only ever ordered the War releases. Except for one. That was Big Trouble in Little China.

Although probably massively inappropriate, we would watch the 15 certificated film without fail every time I visited him. Together, we knew it inside out. Most memorably, he would jump out at me with his hands poised in a constant karate chop. WHA CHAA! We made the sound like we were swinging katana blades.

Thirty years later, it is one of only 5 VHS that I still own.

How does film affect your everyday? Let us know in the comments below.