BOOK (June 2014): THE NEW FILMGOER'S GUIDE TO GOD
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You've reached the homepage for Tim Cawkwell (see About Me). This website is a platform for my writing on film, whether in the form of blog-type entries or of essays. I have published a number of books (e.g. co-editor of ‘World Encyclopaedia of Film’ 1972, 'Film Past Film Future’ 2011, 'The New Filmgoer's Guide to God' 2014) and have launched (February 2013) my own imprint, Sforzinda Books, as a vehicle for these and other of my own books to be available in digital form. For more details go to the 'My Books' page.
There are four main sections to the site:
1 'Essays, ideas' consist of pages on individual films or film-makers or just a filmic idea that has caught my attention. This section has largely been succeeded by my blog.
2 I admire many film-makers but have a particular fascination for the films of Robert Bresson.
3 I responded very strongly to the arrival of the American underground films in the UK in the late 1960s, which spurred me to become a film-maker myself. Should we call this cinema experimental, underground, artists' films? I have no strong view, but have settled on avant-garde.
When I stopped making films, I took up the different art of photography: see my Photo Gallery
My 'camera and pen' emblem needs explaining. The phrase ‘caméra-stylo’ was coined in 1948 by the French director Alexandre Astruc to describe a cinema which was ‘just as flexible and subtle as written language’. Thirty years later I liked to use the phrase to describe the technique I used in my film-making days of drawing directly on the film strip using a calligraphic pen (long ago it would have been a goose feather cut to make a quill). Now, nearly 70 years on from 1948 I like it as a way of describing the art of writing about the cinema, and created this emblem to visualise the idea.
with thanks to Alan Berry and apologies to Rembrandt
My new book (March 2017) is THE TALE OF TWO TERRIERS AND THE SOMERSET CAT.
On 23rd September 2016, the last day of the cricket County Championship, three teams were in contention to seize the crown. Somerset, having thrashed Nottinghamshire, would win if Middlesex and Yorkshire could wrestle themselves to a draw at Lord’s. They almost did, but 28 balls from the very end of the fourth day of the final game of a cricket season that had begun six months earlier, Middlesex grasped the winning prize.
THE TALE OF TWO TERRIERS AND THE SOMERSET CAT starts in Taunton in early August 2016, and follows the twists and turns of the championship for the next two months right up to that dramatic 23rd September, including a detour to Ferrara in Italy. The text captures the exquisite intricacies of the story, and is built around the day-by-day accounts of Somerset v Durham in early August, and of the Somerset v Nottinghamshire and Middlesex v Yorkshire matches in late September. The whole is enriched by some sixty of my own photographs.
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