A few words on The Secret Life Of Movies, which is now on sale in the UK.

A new film book is currently in stores, chums, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a vested interest in it. I wrote it.

It’s called The Secret Life Of Movies, and the idea behind it is to explore moments and stories around cinema, that specifically relate to things you can see on screen during a film. Thus, across the books many, many pages I go from Harold Lloyd’s fake hand in his iconic hanging from the clock sequence in Safety Last!, to links you may not have spotted between movies, to the scenes shot in films behind the backs of studios, to why Batman doesn’t turn his neck in the 1989 movie, to the shot in a Bruce Willis movie that earned the man who filmed it $100,000 to…. well, I don’t want to give the book away, but it’s lots and lots of things like that.

The book is available now in physical format and on Kindle, and you can order a copy through this link if you’d like to.


If you’re still reading, a few more words on it.

I’m immensely grateful to the book’s publisher, Octopus, for its immense support.

As some of you may know, when I was writing the book, I was struggling with the fairly sudden loss of my mum. That, and the job I’d loved for over a decade had come to an end, and I was struggling with that too. Octopus didn’t have to take a chance on me. The previous books I’d written for it had been tied to some degree to my previous job, and yet it still took that chance. I’m immensely grateful for the leap of faith the fabulous team there too. Trevor Davies, in particular, utterly stood by me, when it would have been easier not to. To Polly, too, I can’t thank you enough.

I’ve been doing a live show around the UK this autumn where I talk about it, and I’ll be doing more dates early in 2020. If you’re an independent cinema and want me to bring my film warblings to you, drop me a line! I’m at simon at filmstories dot co dot uk.

Mostly though, I want to thank the fabulous readers who have supported me over the course of this past year or so in particular. You’ve helped me more than you know through some incredibly difficult times. You’ve supported my podcast, you’ve supported Film Stories magazine, you’ve supported Film Stories Junior, and you had my back during the writing of this book. I’m genuinely not fishing, I just don’t know what I’ve done to deserve people like your good selves following and supporting my work. I will continue to endeavour not to let you down.

Thanks so much everybody. Whilst obviously it’s helpful if you can all leave nice reviews for my book, more importantly, may I give you all five stars, and a huge, huge thank you. You people really are the best.

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