So my real name is Tiffany (Tiffany by day, FlikGeek by mid-late evening?) I’m a self-professed film fan. Always have been and always will be. I’m not what you’d call an academic. It’s not an understatement to say I hated school. But when I was 14, they said ‘now pick what you want to do’. I scrolled down the list of subjects, IT, business, maths, science… Film studies. Hmm. Studying film. I can really do this? And from there I indulged in my passion all in the name of education. I went on further to study at the University of Winchester, where I wrote my final year piece on Vincent Cassell and Masculinity in French cinema. In a wonderful metaphorical circle, the first film I studied at GCSE was La Haine, and I finished university writing about La Haine. A big night out celebrating dissertation hand in day wasn’t enough for me. I needed something more permanent. So I got the phrase from the vandalised billboard in La Haine tattooed on my arm, on my way to my penultimate night working at the university film festival; ‘Le Monde Est a N/Vous’.
I spent my childhood watching films, loving the escapism and magic. And then when I hit my teens I stayed up late with my dad watching old horror and sci-fi films. I discovered Anime, Slashers, French cinema, Black and White cinema, Documentaries and I fell in love. I think cinema is the most important art form of the 20th and 21st Century and I love watching, studying, researching anything to do with film.
I started a blog to keep my passion going, as you probably know film writing is an incredibly niche area, and whilst I would drop everything in a heartbeat to do it professionally, it’s exceptionally difficult to get into. I’m not quite sure where I will go with it, but a few fundamentals –
- I will review every film I watch
- I will give attention and coverage to small local film festivals
- Respond to any emails or comments as quickly as I can
I hope what goes into FlikGeek is unique and engaging, I want to debate and present ideas. I also want to look at all areas of cinema, nothing is off-limits. I want to embrace new films whilst revisiting old favourites, so if you see a review of an old 70s Swedish film, and think ‘what? Why are you reviewing something over 40 years old?’ give it a try, you might agree, you might disagree, you might discover something you’d never have thought of seeing. So enjoy and as ever, I welcome all feedback! I’m friendly, so don’t be scared, drop me a message and I’ll reply as soon as I can!