Ok, so when I first started this blog, I envisioned covering the GFF and only occasionally posting the odd interesting film review in between times. But certain events have changed things. Can you guess what event I mean?
So Covid has already changed how I interact with cinema. The pandemic is still not over, but it has changed how festivals are delivered, and the cinema industry as a whole. Festivals moved totally or partially online, giving people around the country the possibility of participating in distant festivals. Cinemas have co-operated in sharing films from one another’s festivals to give people a real in-cinema experience while bringing them distant festival goodies. And cinema and film as a whole has needed our support like never before.
This has made me take a number of decisions:
- In addition to the GFF, I will cover partner festivals. If Sheffield reciprocally carry GFF films, I’ll support their films when they come to Glasgow. This seems fair to me, plus a great opportunity to show just what is available right here in Glasgow because of the work of Glasgow Film.
- While I have previously covered smaller festivals that take place in Glasgow, usually with some support from Glasgow Film, I’m going to make the effort to cover them more thoroughly, as I don’t want to see these smaller festivals dying out while times are tough.
- All this means I’m just gonna be seeing more films and posting more frequently generally.
- I want to spread word about the GFF and good cinema more widely. Because I feel like this is a critical time for cinema in the UK. and because changes under Covid have made these films much more widely accessible. This unfortunately means dipping my toe into social media, which is a complete garbage fire I wanted to avoid at all costs. However, it’s where people are so I’m gonna have to go there. I’ve set up an Instagram, so you can follow me there if you want.
- The only donations I’ve ever asked for on this blog were to go directly to Glasgow Film to support the GFF. However, as I’m now just going to much more film than ever before, I have decided to add a Donate button. In effect, you’ll just be donating money to Glasgow Film via me, but it will allow me to keep doing what I’m doing on this blog. There is no obligation to donate, I’m just putting it there as an option, a tip jar of sorts.
So yeah, things have changed since I first started the blog. And I’ve enjoyed writing for it much more than I realised I would. And where you’ve given feedback, you’ve been kind enough to be positive, which has been gratifying too. So here’s to continuing in that vein!