Patricia Cook (Researcher and writer)
Scottish film expert has an eclectic taste and holds a PhD in early cinema exhibition
As a child, the weekly family outing was going to the pictures every Monday night at our local cinema, The Kelburne (in Paisley, Scotland), followed by a fish and chip high tea in the cinema café. In those days, there was the main feature supported by a so-called “b-movie”. You went into the screening whenever you arrived and sat through the programme until it reached the point where you came in.
My cinema-going has continued. Apart from horror movies, I have an eclectic taste. As a student in Glasgow, I was a devotee of art house movies, attracted by the programmes of new wave films shown at the Cosmo, a family run art deco cinema. Since then my taste has broadened to include most genres and has extended to include early silent movies.
Following retirement from my day job, I have followed numerous courses in the study of film, particularly those offered by Birkbeck College, University of London. A research project into the career of an early film exhibitor in Britain has been published and I am currently preparing a book based on my PhD, which concentrates on early exhibition of film in England and Scotland.
Other posts by Patricia Cook
Dirty and Special Relationship: the UK and the US conspire in order to persuade UN Security Council members to support the Iraq War, in political thriller based on real events - in cinemas Friday October 18th (and also at the BFI London Film Festival) [Read More...]
Non-Fiction (Doubles Vies)
French comedy starring Juliette Binoche and Guillaume Canet investigates the complexity of old friendships and love, in good conversational style - in cinemas Friday, October 18th [Read More...]
Neither Wolf nor Dog
An author is asked to write a book about a Native American elder's experiences, taking viewers on a fascinating journey through the history and the issues that the Lakota people face - in cinemas Friday, August 23rd [Read More...]
The improbable relationship between two very different people living in the crowded city of Mumbai is the central pillar of this elegantly filmed and effective Indian production - in cinemas Friday, August 2nd [Read More...]
Rory’s Way (aka The Etruscan Smile)
Staunch Scotsman travels to San Francisco in search of cancer treatment, where he has to engage with his estranged son - auspicious drama starring Brian Cox in cinemas Friday, May 31st [Read More...]
All is True
A trove of national treasures is both in front of and behind the cameras in this imaginative exploration of Shakespeare's final years - in cinemas Friday, February 8th [Read More...]