A 'Moon in the Gutter' Q & A with Intellect editor and writer John Berra

Moon in the Gutter is an excellent film blog written and edited by Jeremy Richey. Read Jeremy's Q&A with Intellect author and all round film aficionado John Berra.

An extract taken from the Q&A

'It’s hard to know where to start with regards to my background and my interest in writing. As with most academics and journalists who specialise in Film Studies, I am lifelong fan of cinema, and spent most of my teenage years watching both new releases and cult classics, gradually getting into film theory through Sight & Sound magazine and other publications. I also started to read such series as BFI Film Classics and Faber & Faber’s interview books with directors like David Cronenberg, John Sayles and Martin Scorsese, and I found that I could not watch or re-watch a film without first learning something about its production background or the career of its director. I also loved the writing of Joe Queenan, the acerbic New York critic whose most famous pieces were published in the collection If You’re Talking To Me, Your Career Must be in Trouble, and I began to respond to critics who had a unique voice and discussed other issues and interests through the medium of film, rather than just providing a value judgement.'


John Berra is editor of the Directory of World Cinema: American Independent, the Directory of World Cinema: Japan and author of the seminal Declarations of Independence: American Cinema and the Partiality of Independent Production.

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