A guide to film journalism

Goodfellas Martin ScorseseIn today’s guest post, film journalist Joel Meadows talks us through how to get started and become a success at writing about the big screen.

Considering the amount of time I spent at the cinema in my teens, it isn’t that surprising that I’ve fallen into writing about film. I read William Goldman’s Adventures In the Screen Trade when I was in college, so that may have sparked my interest in film. I also read Robert Rodriguez’s book Rebel Without a Crew, one of the most witty and entertaining books about cinema, in which we learn how Rodruiguez got his start in film by funding his early work through medical experiments!

Film is such an important and influential part of everyone’s life. It is one of the only subjects that you can guarantee everybody has an opinion on. The best films transcend their fictional settings and stay with you for life. I can still remember seeing Goodfellas by Martin Scorsese for the first time at Screen On The Green in Islington and being transfixed by it. Continue reading