When former literal basement-dwelling film students grow up, get weird adult jobs and move to disparate parts of the country, how do they fill their evenings and stay in touch? Why, by calling each other over the internet and reliving their formative film experiences, of course!
Having spent their precious, honey-hued childhood days with the curtains drawn to block out the sound of other kids’ joyful laughter, ploughing through stacks and stacks of tapes until the tracking was utterly fucked, our intrepid podcast crew are now out to discover just how much of that was a massive waste of time. Spoilers: a lot.
In their Throwback series, Gali, Devlin, Patrick, Matt and guests will each take turns recommending a treasured film from their youth, then assess whether they hold up under more cynical, (somewhat) grown up scrutiny.
Dipping in to the Bargain Bin, they rummage through the ubiquitous cultural trash that littered their childhoods and try to determine whether any of it has any artistic or cultural merit whatsoever, and if not, try to fathom why millions of people have sat through it multiple times.
In Pulling Focus, Gali and Devlin introduce each other, and hopefully some of you, to films that they feel have fallen out of the cultural conversation, or deserve a bit of a wider audience.
Devlin currently lives in East London and barely holds down a job in the telly. A Darlington native, he has previously worked as a carny in North Yorkshire’s most notorious theme park; a punching bag for angry Japanese schoolchildren; and three glorious weeks as a fully paid Hollywood movie camera department professional (he made tea on the set of the worst Tim Burton movie).
His favourite filmmakers include Terry Gilliam, Hirokazu Kore-eda, John Carpenter, Jeff Nichols and Kaneto Shindo, and he has never knowingly podcasted sober, believing that £4 supermarket wine somehow makes him more erudite. He is wrong.
He is somewhat allergic to Twitter, but Instagrams at @devlindoesdrawing where you can see more of his charcoal scribblings. He monitors the blog, writes our introductions, and delays the release of almost every episode by not finishing his cover image sketches in time.
Gali lives in Glasgow and is pretending to be Scottish, eating chicken pakora and becoming resistant to rain. He has travelled around the world with work and cites his most memorable moment as being present when Gillian McKeith fainted. He has predominantly worked in television for both the BBC and ITV, but to date has not managed to work with Danny Dyer.
His favourite filmmakers include Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Sergio Leone, Kathryn Bigelow and Sam Raimi, and he refuses to admit that he has a ‘podcasting voice’.
He loves nothing more than Twitter when there is a controversy brewing, you can bait him at @galithegreek where he will reply immediately. He is our primary host, editor extraordinaire, and chooser of our frequently mental outro music.
Matt lives in Jeonju, South Korea, where he teaches English. He graduated from The Northern Film School with a Master’s Degree in 2007, and is now an award-winning filmmaker.
His favourite directors include Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and Paul Thomas Anderson. He’s a Jaws finatic, Beatlemaniac, and can be stalked online @scariousartists and scariousartists.com.
Patrick lives in West London (although his heart is still in his beloved Leicester), working as an Assistant Director in the Film & TV industry, specialising in background artists. Taking work experience on Emmerdale in 2008, and teaching children how to make films in Leicestershire, has helped him leave behind a life of selling jeans in Levi’s. He relies on Irn-Bru and fried chicken to cure a hangover and loves sports. GO SPORTS!
His boyhood (geddit?) dream was to work in film, and he’s proud to have worked on notable productions like Sherlock, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Aladdin. His favourite filmmakers include Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante, Nick Park, and Pixar Studios. He loves correcting Gali to ensure him that yes, he does indeed have a ‘podcasting voice’.
The gang all met at Leeds Metropolitan University (now Leeds Beckett)’s Northern Film School (except Devlin and Matt, who hail from opposite sides of the River Tees and previously used to eat cheesy chips at Darlington Arts Centre prior to uni) and worked together on a number of short films, stupid videos, drunken stumbles and big nights out at mediocre indie venues.