Charlie Harman, Blog Director – @Cinema_Charles
Taking it upon herself to buy tickets to, attend and write reviews for almost every film at Bath Film Festival 2011, Charlie bought the Bath Film Blog kicking and screaming into existence. Since then she has been managing the willing wordsmiths, film fanatics and cinema courtesans that apply to help narrate Bath’s month of film.The other 11 months of the year Charlie is a Marketing & Operations manager for Bristol based Mobile App Developing agency, Calvium. She also co-runs immersive theatre and art installation company Compass Presents.
Her favourite films include; Withnail & I, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Big Lebowski, Clerks, This is England and Monsters Inc.
Joanna van der Veen, @joanna_vdv
Devotee of European cinema, avid postcard collector, Italian fanatic and wannabe cheese connoisseur Joanna can’t resist films that err a little bit on the strange side. She worked for a multi-language radio station dedicated to independent film for two and a half years, attending a whirlwind of film festivals from London to Mar del Plata, but is now relatively settled down in Bristol. Her day job is working on communications for the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone but, in her free time, she still likes to squeeze in as many films as possible.
Her favourite films include Dogtooth, Amelie, Cinema Paradiso and Wild Tales. A guilty pleasure is the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth.
Independent film enthusiast and aspiring documentary maker, Bridie is delighted to join the 2015 BFF blog team. Over the last couple of years she has divided her time between writing and directing a number of plays for the Nottingham New Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe Festival, along with completing a Masters in International Relations. Somehow she now finds herself going off to work in Beijing. As well as going to the cinema at every available opportunity, Bridie also enjoys playing backgammon (slightly too competitively) and walking her overexcited dog.
Her favourite films include: Last Tango in Paris, Cache, Y Tu Mama Tambien and The Jungle Book.
Recently graduated from Goldsmiths College with a First Class Honours in BA English and History, Maisie De-Pulford is a writer, painter, researcher and story-lover. Always looking to get to the heart and soul of a tale, Maisie’s dissertation was chosen for the Goldsmiths Library collection as a model example of interdisciplinary writing. Since leaving university she has worked as a creative assistant for Hardy Productions, researching and copy writing for new drama proposals, whilst also taking a short course in Film Design. Alongside teaching herself to knit dinosaurs, Maisie is now pursuing her love for stories further by getting stuck in to film note writing for this year’s Bath Film Festival.
Her favourite films include: Vicky, Christina, Barcelona, A Place Beyond the Pines, A Knight’s Tale, Star Wars (the originals!), Little Miss Sunshine, The Misfits, Mad Max: Fury Road and Far From the Madding Crowd.
Oli Cliffe, @OlisOuttakes
Oli is a second year Film and Screen Studies and Psychology student at Bath Spa University. Last year was his first experience with the Film Festival as an avid viewer, with some personal highlights including X+Y, The Hatching, and of course, Birdman. When not watching or writing about films, he can normally be found listening to music, particularly Frank Turner, The Mountain Goats, and Will Varley.
His favourite films includes About Time, Scott Pilgrim vs The World, The History Boys, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Billy Elliot. Basically any film which makes him either laugh or cry.
A professional loiterer and prodigal son of Bath, Henry has been living and working in Oxford for the past two years. He recently finished his first novel, a love story set in the fiery deserts of North America, and has begun his second. However, film is his first love and the he has been involved in the Bath Film Festival for three years.