Blogathon announcement – Debuts

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So I’m busy wasting time on Twitter when a message pops up in my inbox asking if I’d like to jointly host a blogathon. Having never done so before, I jumped at the chance.

That message came from the inimitable Mark Fletcher at the outstanding Three Rows Back and that blogathon is ‘Debuts‘. Unsurprisingly, ‘Debuts’ will focus on directors’ first features (shorts not included), whether that be some little known feature no-one’s heard of or a breakthrough piece that catapulted them to stardom. We (well, Mark originally) thought it’d be interesting to see how a director’s first feature film compares with the rest of their filmography. Have they got better over time? Or have they gone steadily downhill, never able to recapture their original form?

And this is, of course, where you come in. Do you have a director whose debut you think deserves to be put in the spotlight? Maybe you’d like to look at Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs? Or Jean-Luc Godard’s A Bout de Souffle? How about Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead or Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane?

Mark and I are getting our choices in early – perks of hosting a blogathon and all that. I’m going to be looking at Stanley Kubrick’s Fear & Desire whilst Mark will be tackling Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies, and Videotape. Aside from those two, the world of directorial debuts is your oyster.

We’re looking to run the blogathon starting Monday 2nd September, probably for about a week or so. If you’d like to contribute (and we really hope that you do!) or have any queries at all then drop me an email at or you can send one to Mark at by Sunday 25th August letting us know who you’d like to write about (just so we don’t get duplicate posts) or for any other info.

We’ll stick out a few reminders over the coming weeks, but as we may well put a cap on the number of entries, we advise you getting in early to avoid disappointment (ours as much as yours).

We’re pretty excited about this and hope we get some wonderfully insightful entries from some great bloggers. Thanks for reading and we hope to hear from some of you soon! GET INVOLVED!

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49 thoughts on “Blogathon announcement – Debuts

  1. beckybeckyb says:

    this sounds really interesting, and i’d love to take part, but i’m going to be away at precisely the wrong time. 8-( i look forward to reading all the posts though!

  2. mikeyb185 says:

    That’s a great idea. Count me in

  3. Sounds awesome! Not sure I can figure out a director and debut movie to do..I’ll think about it 🙂

  4. Tyson Carter says:

    Sounds good dudes!! Hey, if no one has reserved Tarantino I would love to jump in with Reservoir Dogs 🙂

  5. ckckred says:

    Sounds great, you can sign me up.

  6. theipc says:

    Sounds great – I’ll try and come up with a doozy : )

  7. ruth says:

    Sounds good Chris, I hope I can think of something.

  8. Very cool! Count me in 🙂 I’ll send an email soon.

  9. filmhipster says:

    Very cool, I’m in.

  10. Ewan M says:

    Sounds interesting, but as I’m quite new to film blogging, what exactly does a blogathon involve? As interesting as Godard (for example) would be, he has so many films that if I was supposed to compare them all I could be going for quite a long time.

    • Hey Ewan. All we’d ask of you is to come up with a director you want to concentrate on, select their debut and in the piece talk about the film and, if you can, also talk about how A Bout de Souffle (for example) impacted on his/her career. It may be easier for you to concentrate on a director with fewer films in their filmography, but don’t worry, we’re not asking for an exhaustive examination. Hope that helps.

      • Ewan M says:

        Phew, well as long as it doesn’t mean writing about every single film that a director has subsequently made, I’m happy to pitch up for Godard. It will give me a chance to re-watch a (hopefully representative) selection of his films…

      • Haha no don’t worry Ewan, we wouldn’t ask that of you! Just a smattering of his films will more than do. Cheers man.

    • Hey Ewan. Just checking you’re still up for the Blogathon. Can you let us know your director asap please as we’re putting out an update with all the confirmed participants. Thanks!

  11. Nick Powell says:

    Great idea. Can we use things we’ve previously written or do you want brand new stuff?

  12. armanddc says:

    Great thinking. Count me in. I sent you guys a message.

  13. le0pard13 says:

    Sounds like a great, collaborative venture, Chris. Looking forward to it.

  14. table9mutant says:

    I look forward to this – Sounds interesting. 🙂

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