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 firstname.lastname@example.org or you can send one to Mark at email@example.com 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!