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The Cinematologists: Season 7 & Other Shenanigans

The last six months have seen some real leaps taken in the world of The Cinematologists podcast. Season 7 is underway and we've just posted episode 60, which saw us covering the documentary Brexitannia and the Right Now Film Festival who invited us to cover their event.

It was a really great episode to put together, not least because my colleague at the School of Film & Television Luke Smith came down to take some photos to capture the rare sight of me and Dario together in the wild. This is one of the great images he took:

Image - Luke Smith


It was really great to hang out with Dario and work on the podcast and do an episode live together. Before the screening at one of our partner venues The Poly, Luke shot a couple of short videos for our Patreon members and to attract some more. So yes, we've launched a Patreon and the response has been great. It's truly amazing that people are subscribing and supporting. We reckon already we can cover the cost of the website and are just really humbled that we have that kind of loyal fanbase. 

What it has meant also is that we have more outlets for short pieces of audio and written content. The two monthly newsletters we have done so far have allowed me a space to collect the month's cultural consumption that has stood out. I write about films, articles, podcasts and albums that have struck a chord and it's a great way of staying positive in the face of world and film twitter madness. 

The merchandise is coming soon. It's nearly at the top of my to do list. Mark Kermode recently told the world, well Shortlist magazine, that we were his favourite podcast. Lastly for this post, I'd like to flag up episode 56 on contemporary film criticism. I'm really proud of that one. I think it's my best editing job and think the scope of what we achieved and the calibre of guests we had on was exceptional. If you haven't, please check it out. 

I recently wrote a blog, at Dario's suggestion, that furthers the discussion and debate. It seems to be becoming something of a central interest and concern for both of us.

The Cinematologists: Season 6 Underway

Wow, it's been so long since I updated here. I know, I know, for shame to start a blog post with that line, but my lack must be noted.

We finished the last season with episode 50, which felt like a real milestone and gave us a chance to assess where the podcast is and can go. We did this over dinner this summer, which was lovely.

There have been some small changes here and there - I overhauled the website and am currently working on some designs for merchandise. We are introducing some bonus episodes with the longer term aim of having a membership/patreon section. I am also now editing the episodes (so please bear with us while that smoothes out). 

Earlier this year I worked with a colleague at SoFT, Richard Butler to acquire a recording suite, which fits in an easy to carry box and means I am now mobile and can record events solo, anywhere, practically. Again, you might need to bear with us on that as I get it really streamlined. 

Highlights of the last season in terms of interviews and collaborations for me include my chat with the wonderful Lenny Abrahamson, Dario's episode with Hope Dickson Leach and our collaboration with the collective Club Des Femmes, which yielded an incredible chat with B. Ruby Rich that Dario conducted. 

Curzon Aldgate also invited us to do an event and episode around Aki Kaurismäki's latest The Other Side Of Hope, which may be my favourite film of the year so far.

The new season is underway and I am particularly excited to share our in-depth interview episode covering the contemporary state of film criticism. So far we have some amazing interviews with amazing writers and critics. It's going to be amazing.

Catch up here.