Alasdair Bayman is a recent graduate of English Literature at The University of Manchester. Writing for the Mancunion for two years as a senior film critic, in the process he interviewed Julia Ducournau and artistic director of HOME, Jason Wood. Similarly, covering Q&A events including Ben Wheatley, Ken Loach and Danny Boyle was a highlight of his time at the paper. On the side, Alasdair runs his own independent blog and film essay site, The Film Essayist. Also, he contributes towards Manchester Wire who preview cultural events right across the city. Away from words, he runs The Cinephile Mixtape – a weekly film review show.
A keen admirer of Italian cinema, specifically Neorealism and Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Avventura (1960), these filmsprovoke and question the very essence of cinema. Akin to Antonioni’s film, Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita (also from 1960) is not only admired by Alasdair in his Blu-ray collection but also in the form of a framed original Italian poster.
Unlike the seriousness of these Italian films, he adores the craziness of Dario Argento’s Deep Red (1975) and Suspiria (1977). Elevated by the scores of Goblins, such Giallo films, in Alasdair‘s eyes, present humanities’ basic sadistic nature. In the horror genre, one of his favourite films of all time, The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy, 1973) is ingrained in his brain. Like Argento’s musical collaboration with Goblins, Hardy’s with Magnet in the cult classic is regularly listened to on Spotify. Not only this, the sheer claustrophobic environment the film creates on this remote island needs to be seen by any keen cinephile.
In recent years, Mia Hansen-Love’s Eden (2014) and Things to Come (2016) are two films which have resonated with him, specifically Eden and its focus on his beloved house music. As any good cinephile should have, the film’s in his collection vary from Todd Haynes, Martin Scorsese, Billy Wilder, Dario Argento, Akira Kurosawa and Ira Sachs.
Alongside this collection, Alasdair loves film art and hoarding his film tickets. In his film art, iconic images from Double Indemnity, Taxi Driver (Martin Scorcese, 1968) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968) are found. Seeking to add a glorious image of Queen Isabelle Huppert is also a must in his collection. Obsessively tweeting about the female actress and liking all of her Instagram posts is another importante past time for the young Alasdair, besides films. Long live Queen Huppert!!!
You can find Alasdair on Twitter @alasdairbayman and via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.