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Top Ten Movies with... Gerard Rudolf

Gerard Rudolf Profile

Gerard Rudolf is an intelligent, honest, soulful and funny South African actor, poet and photographer, who gained notoriety as a gutsy actor and outspoken opponent of the Apartheid regime. He was born in Pretoria and after high school, a year drifting in the United States and two years in military service, he graduated from the Drama school at the University of Pretoria in 1989.

Rudolf went on to join CAPAB, performing in Shakespeare plays before starting his own theatre company, Makeshift Moon in 1991. In this year, he also developed an interest in film, working with Dennis Hopper, Peter Weller and Bryan Brown with roles in Paljas, Styx, Dust and The Piano Player over the next decade.

In 1998, he founded a professional acting school in Cape Town and by 2002 it was time for a change of scenery. He started writing to orientate himself and in 2009, published his first poetry collection, Orphaned Latitudes, which renowned poet Anthony Joseph described as "masterful, mesmerising and controversial" and received high praise from peers and readers.

More recently, Rudolf has returned to the screen appearing in Wolwedans in die Skemer, Layla Fourie, Jimmy in Pienk and Chander Pahar. The man's full of wit and an absolute character, which made getting his Top Ten Movies interview an absolute pleasure...

"The first Lord of the Rings made me sob
because it was so eye-wateringly crap.

I can't watch movies without...

- ...a clear mind. It has been years since I’ve watched movies purely for the sake of ‘entertainment’. I’m rarely interested in movies as entertainment. I want a movie to confront me with something; a new way of seeing an aspect of life, something mysterious and perhaps even a bit profound.

And because movies form a huge part my life I sometimes see a movie for its technical aspects or because it is by a favourite director or because it was photographed by a favourite DP. Having said all that, I must confess to a weakness for Steven Segal movies. Hilarious stuff!

Which famous people share your birthday?

- Napoleon and Adolf Hitler. (20 April)

What is the first film you remember watching?

- I’ve had a few arguments with myself over this one. I remember two films vividly. I seem to recall being about three years old and seeing Camelot with my mother at a morning show in Pretoria. What I recall clearly from the experience was being petrified at Merlin, the dark scenes, the castle’s corridors. I couldn’t cope!

The other film that is lodged in my early memory is The Good, The Bad and The Ugly by Sergio Leone. I remember feeling utterly transported by the surreal landscapes, the dust, that eerie soundtrack by Ennio Morriconi I think it was. And I remember feeling completely exhilarated by the entire experience. I think that was the film that got me hooked and set me on this precarious path. The first record I owned was an album of Morricone’s music from all those spaghetti westerns. I was four. Wore the grooves out.

What's the worst movie you've ever seen?

-There are so many. Most musicals. But I am going with the one that pops into my mind right off the bat: Love, Actually. Actually I can’t bloody stand any of Richard Curtis’ films. They are tacky, obvious, oh-so-witty, perfectly crafted, ham acted, sentimental, irritatingly formulaic, shallow, cynically commercial British drivel. Expensive Mills & Boon. Saw it in London on Leicester Square on one of those giant screens. I was in a shit mood for about three days afterwards.

In fact hate all those cutesy British films with cute old people and boys in depressing Northern towns who want to become ballet dancers or male strippers. They bore the crap out of me. The Crying Game was another bad one. How anybody couldn’t see that the ‘girl’ was a guy right from the start is beyond me. Oh, and Yentl for more or less the same reasons.

Which movies have made you tearful?

- The Champ. No contest. I was a boy. John Voight dies. I cried like a little girl. But as I said previously, I don’t really watch films for entertainment and thus I don’t usually get suckered by them. Another one that stands out in my mind is The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988), a film by Ermanno Olmi with Rutger Hauer at the top of his game. Something about that film still haunts me. And the first Lord of the Rings made me sob because it was so eyewateringly crap.

Gerard Rudolf - Top Ten Movies

Who is the most famous movie star you've ever met?

- Because of my job I’ve met and worked with a few of them. I guess I’d go for the late Dennis Hopper. I worked with him on a movie called The Piano Player, a B-Grade American thing that was shot down in Cape Town around 2001. I could choose between two small parts. One would mean I’d have to spend a day or two acting opposite Christopher (Highlander) Lambert, or one entire day on set opposite Hopper. No contest.

Hopper has always been one of my movie heroes. I mean, who can forget Easy Rider? Anyway, I was nervous as hell because of his mad man rep. But when I arrived on set he walked up to me, grabbed my hand and said: “Hi. I’m Dennis. Great to meet you. Let’s go to work.” That energy, man. And we worked and improvised, and he’d drag me off to the monitor after each take and laugh his head off at what we were doing.

It was a great day and I am incredibly lucky for having met him. Just watching him operate on set taught me so much about films in general and film acting specifically. He was a rock star. He was film to the marrow! I loved him as an artist and as a director. He was a great photographer too. A true American original. Sadly they don’t make them like that anymore.

What's your favourite movie line?

- I’m a word man, so it is a hard one to answer. Maybe I shouldn’t go ‘full retard’ on this, so I’ll keep it light. “Charlie don’t surf!”, Robert Duvall’s line from Apocalypse Now is up there. Or Michael Caine in Get Carter when a heavy Geordie gets in his way: “You're a big man but you're in bad shape. For me it's a full-time job. Now behave yourself.” Or Caine again in The Italian Job going: “You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!” Eastwood as Dirty Harry going: “Opinions are like assholes. Everybody’s got one”.

Who would you choose to play you in your biopic?

- Biopics seldom work as far as I’m concerned. But if I have to answer: Jim Carrey maybe. I don’t know why. We don’t even look alike. But I really love him as an actor. There is a darkness to him, a fragility, a sense of sadness and melancholy I can’t quite put my finger on. I really like that about him. He’s not quite of this world. And if Jim won’t do it then maybe a young Bruce Dern, one of the most underrated actors of our time.

And if Bruce can’t then I’d settle for Roberto Benigni or Pee-wee Herman. Shit, I don’t know. It will be short and boring movie no matter who plays me. It will go straight to DVD and then into that Sale bin at Pick ‘n Pay where it will remain unsold and eventually end up as a beer coaster somewhere. My life as a beer coaster...

Gerard Rudolf - Top Ten Movies

If you could produce a movie, what would it be about?

- A BIG question. As I said, I like films that move me, leave me changed somehow, make me see life differently, teach me something, stays with me long after the end credits stopped rolling. Like good novels. It doesn’t have to be serious and dark because some of the most profound movies I have seen are pretty hilarious. So it would have to be a film by one of my favourite directors I suppose.

In past lives (if those are permitted here) I might have wanted to produce something like Fellini’s 8 1⁄2 , Malick’s Badlands or Days of Heaven, Allen’s Manhattan, Rafelson’s The King of Marvin Gardens, Godard’s A Bout de Souffle, any of Antonioni’s films, the Three Colours Trilogy, Chinatown, Mike Leigh’s Naked... something that might become a classic in future. That would be nice.

Finally, your top ten movies of all-time...

It obviously changes all the time. I have favourite films from different eras, different regions of the world, different genres.

And there are the obvious big ones: Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, Sunset Boulevard, The Maltese Falcon, The Great Dictator... So, to save myself days of agonising I’m going to give you the first ten films that pop into my head and leave it at that.

In no particular order:

- BADLANDS (1973), Terrence Malick. (USA). With Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek. Because it is a masterpiece of American cinema and because it is the original Natural Born Killers. Breathtaking American landscapes.

- FIVE EASY PIECES (1970), Bob Rafelson. (USA) With Jack Nicholson, Karin Black. I love everything about this film. The powerful scene where Nicholson’s character talks to his wheelchair ridden father, the hilarious scene where Nicholson tries to order a chicken salad sandwich in a diner and losing it completely...Tragic. Great ending.

- THE MIRROR (1974), Andrei Tarkovsky. (RUSSIA). Vast. Poetic. I love all his films but this is the one I come back to every few years.

- WITHNAIL AND I (1987), Bruce Robinson. (UK). Paul McGann and Richard E. Grant. A low-budget gem with a cracking script. Hilarious, cruel, absurd, bleak and tragic all at the same time.

- SHOTDOWN (1988), Andrew Worsdale. (SA). Robert Colman, Danny Keogh, James Phillips, Irene Stephanou, John Ledwaba, et al. The energy and passion in this film always astounds me and it is a great portrait of Joburg during the darkest days of Apartheid. Politically loaded and a big fuck you to PW’s regime. Low budget (is there any other kind of South African film?), passionate, insane. This film deserves a re-release.

- UNA PURA FORMALITA (1994), Giuseppe Tornatore. (Italy/France). Gérard Depardieu, Roman Polanski. Because the film has Polanski as an overworked French detective trying to solve a mystery over the course of one rain soaked night out in the French sticks somewhere. Surreal thriller with a wonderful script and with great cinematography by Blasco Giurato. Watched it about a dozen times.

- DEAD MAN (1995), Jim Jarmusch. (USA). Johnny Depp, Robert Mitchum, Christian Farmer, Crispin Glover. I like all Jarmusch’s films. This is a beautiful, slow black and white film set in the old West of a man’s crazy journey to the afterlife. Christian Farmer’s overweight Native American spirit guide looking at a wounded Johnny Depp and saying: “Stupid fucking white man”. Intense score by Neil Young. The great Robby Müller shot it. One of Jarmusch’s masterpieces.

- LA HAINE (1995), (France). Mathieu Kassovitz. (France). Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui. The sheer energy of this brilliant black and white film simply bounced off the screen and hit me like a ton of bricks. A story of racial tension in Paris. Intelligent, visceral. Everything Reservoir Dogs never was or could be. Brilliant direction and brilliant performances. Worth seeing the scene where Vincent Cassel stands in front of a mirror and does the “Are you lookin’ at me” thing...in French.

- A PROPHET (2009), (France). Jaques Audiard. The film follows the trajectory of a young man through the ranks of the Paris underworld. Heartbreaking. Beautiful. Two things about this film: 1. If you haven’t seen it, see it. 2. Tahar Rahim in the lead is simply astonishing. He should have won all the Best Actor awards that year. Period.

- PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE (2002), (USA). Paul Thomas Anderson. Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Luis Guzman, Philip Seymour Hoffman. I like Anderson’s films but this one hit me hard. Cinematography by Robert Elswit (Google him!). A love story done in the right way. To put Sandler in the lead was a stroke of brilliance on Anderson’s part. And of coarse Hoffman being a fat slimeball just works. A gem of a film. Fantastic script too.

Top Ten Movies with... is a people series on SPL!NG, featuring a host of celebrities ranging from up-and-coming to established personalities from all industries including, but not limited to: Internet, Radio, TV, Film, Music, Art and Entrepreneurs. It's a chance to discover who they are, find out where they're at and to get a fun inside look at their taste in movies.

Top Ten Movies with... Henk Pretorius

Henk Pretorius is a South African director, writer and producer, who is on the cusp of international acclaim. The Dark Matter Studios founder wanted a place in the film industry and has been striving to make a space for himself, ever since completing his AFDA film school degree. Pretorius describes himself as an "underdog" and a “passionate observer of humanity”.

His breakthrough came with Bakgat!, a popular Afrikaans comedy, which went on to become a trilogy. He moved from Bakgat! to direct Fanie Fourie's Lobola, a heartfelt, funny and distinctly South African romantic comedy, which was well-received by critics and audiences alike.

His latest film, a comedy romance drama called Leading Lady, has generated even more international appeal, once again proving Pretorius has what it takes to go all the way.

While South Africa is already enamored with Pretorius and his "children", we can't wait to see what he and his production company has lined up next. For now, we'll have to be satisfied with getting his Top Ten Movies interview...

"I get goosebumps just thinking of the film...
[on The Shawshank Redemption]

I can't watch movies without...

- My analytical brain switched off. I sometimes wish I could just switch off and enjoy the show, but it's like I am watching a lecture of film-making. Sometimes the lecture is about something that you should aspire to make and sometimes, something you should aspire to never make!

Which famous people share your birthday?

- I had to Google that one and frankly I don’t think any of those people are really famous. I might add that my birthday is two days after Christmas…

What is the first film you remember watching?

- Dirty Dancing and It. Both films I was not allowed to watch. One gave me nightmares and the other one inspired a brief mullet and blow-dried hair. As I said, I was too young to watch these films!

What's the worst movie you've ever seen?

-There are loads of really awful movies, but the one that really takes the cake was a short film I acted in. I can't remember the name, but I was suppose to be killed by a floating CGI knife. The budget died, before the knife could be added, so the film died with my character…

Which movies have made you tearful?

- Every movie that thematically deals with the underdog winning something or figuring something out and is recognised for that, makes me tearful. Even if the film is bad, my eyes will water up at the exact moment when our hero gets his or her recognition. It's obviously something in my psyche, wanting recognition and seeing myself as an underdog, oh how dreadful.

Who is the most famous movie star you've ever met?

- I have never met a really famous movie star, except in the wax museum. I don't really aspire to meet one either. I mean, actors are great and sometimes very brave people, but the star-system is only a marketing strategy that producers in the USA use to sell more movie tickets.

What's your favourite movie line?

- "Get busy living or get busy dying." The line comes from The Shawshank Redemption and I am a massive fan of the movie and the theme of this movie. I get goosebumps just thinking of the film. It pretty much sums up life for me: you are either busy dying or you are living…

Who would you choose to play you in your biopic?

- If they make a biopic of my life, they have really run out of stories. If I am that famous, or rather wealthy, at the time, I would like to play the lead character myself. When I have enough money, I will freeze my brain like Walt Disney and miraculously come back to life and play myself. My inner “self indulgent detector” is going: ENOUGH ALREADY!

If you could produce a movie, what would it be about?

- How our species should stop taking our planet for granted and start controlling our numbers.

Finally, your top ten movies of all-time...

- Shawshank Redemption ...because it sums up life for me.

- Braveheart ...because I am a cliche and “FREEEEEDOM!”.

- Dead Poet's Society ...stand on your desk and shout: “YELP!” and Robin Williams's sad eyes, because he knows, the wiser you get, the more jaded you become…

- A Beautiful Mind ...we are all looking for our original idea, for better or worse, until death do me part.

- American Beauty ...hate the mundane, but what else is there? The beauty of wrinkles on my grandmother's hands. Solid film.

- Good Will Hunting ...again, Robin Williams’s eyes and for the idea that it doesn't matter where you come from, it's where you are going.

- Wedding Crashers ...when in doubt, be forever young and dumb! “M-a-a-a, I need the meatloaf!”

- District 9 ... so proud of Neill Blomkamp. Although I have never met him, I think the world of this film.

- Batman Returns ...I can't stop watching this film. “Do you know where I got my scars?” In the film business…

- Avatar ...I am a massive James Cameron fan. To me, he is The King of Hollywood.

Top Ten Movies with... is a people series on SPL!NG, featuring a host of celebrities ranging from up-and-coming to established personalities from all industries including, but not limited to: Internet, Radio, TV, Film, Music, Art and Entrepreneurs. It's a chance to discover who they are, find out where they're at and to get a fun inside look at their taste in movies.

Douglas Place on Ster-Kinekor's Cine Prestige

We had a chance to chat to Ster-Kinekor Marketing Manager, Douglas Place, about Cine Prestige, a business class movie experience, which is being rolled out around the country.

How is Cine Prestige different from a normal movie-going experience?

I think what's important is that if you're going to have a brand promise of "Greatest Moments at their Greatest", you can't have mediocre moments at their cheapest. This is the Ster-Kinekor interpretation of a trend, which is happening worldwide. We piloted the first Cine Prestige in April 2012 in Johannesburg.

What makes it popular and different is this is effectively the business class version of cinema, an elite cinema-going experience  with a dedicated foyer area where you can buy your standard Coke and popcorn if that's what you're after but you also have the opportunity to buy gourmet foods off a specialist menu, which is served to you by waiters either in the film or the foyer. So it's a completely separate pre-film experience and during film experience as well.

Cine Prestige Cavendish

The auditorium is spacious, you don't have the challenge of squeezing past people to get to your seats. It's a far more intimate environment without sacrificing the scale of the cinema experience. It's a state-of-the-art facility so it's got the very best in projection technology, digital audio surround sound, the latest silver screen technology... so really good 2D and 3D presentation. It's the best of the best of the best from an audio-visual point-of-view.

The fully leather reclining armchairs are custom designed only for Ster-Kinekor and we effectively took a manual model in 2012 and made it fully electronic so you can see the display board on your armchair here, which takes you to full reclining mode. We had to measure that carefully to make sure your sight lines aren't obstructed or you're peering over your toes at the screen.

My favourite feature is the 'cool' feature, which keeps your drink cool throughout the film. So when you're coming to watch Peter Jackson's film, The Hobbit or other such 3 hour epics you don't have a lukewarm Coke as the film progresses.

The cinema is already 40% sold out for Friday and Saturday and Capetonians haven't even seen what the film is yet. These cinemas tend to book out way in advance, so they're not the kind of things you buy at box office. You can, but often there aren't seats available, so they tend to be bought online or via the Ster-Kinekor app.

You mentioned the model, is this the second one or are they actually quite a few of these out there?

We opened in The Zone in Rosebank in 2012, we've since opened in Sandton City, Gateway, in Krugersdorp and Cradlestone. When we open new cinemas, we design them with this space in mind because it needs a dedicated kitchen and foyer. It's easier when we have new builds... like Cradlestone and The Grove in Pretoria, which have been easier to do. This is a retro-fitted model for Cavendish, that's why its taken so long to bring this to Cape Town... to work out all the architectural challenges. We didn't want to dilute what the experience is and not have a foyer or as many of these kind of seats as we could possibly have.

Cine Prestige Cavendish

We understand there are more ways of seeing movies than ever before, which are getting more convenient and cheaper. We're in the business of competing with cheap and convenient. This is the best and first place to see a film and that's going to be true for the foreseeable future.

Are there plans to expand this concept throughout the Western Cape?

I'd be very surprised if this didn't take off from what we've seen everywhere from Johannesburg to Durban. I know Capetonians are different and have peculiar tastes, but I don't think this is going to be one of the things that is going to be particularly alienating. We're definitely looking at other sites to do it. The challenge isn't the business model, it's architecture, where do you find the space to do this properly.

Are you targetting any specific movies for Cine Prestige?

We tend to show the major release of the week. I think initially people had assumed this is for an older consumer, a more sophisticated moviegoer and that we'd show more art house or Cinema Nouveau type content here and that hasn't been the case at all. This is for you, even if you're a 16-year-old boy and want to impress a girl on a first date. This will screen The Hunger Games and the Oscar films, so it does tend to mirror the major release houses. We don't oblige people to see it in one format, so when Horrible Bosses 2 opens you can see it in standard 2D next door or you can come see it in Cine Prestige. Thanks to digital projection, we can now date programmes, so we can have The Boxtrolls in the morning and The Hobbit in the evening.

Top Ten Movies with... Pippa Tshabalala

Pippa Tshabalala is a tattooed, video gamer geek goddess. Her affinity for video games began at the age of 10. She really started kicking ass and taking names, after she obtained a Masters degree in Fine Arts with a specialisation in Digital Animation at the University of Witwatersrand, where she taught primarily as Digital Animation lecturer between 2006-2009.

It was during this time that she began presenting video game content on PlayR and The Verge, South Africa's first locally produced video game show, which aired on DSTV between 2008-2012.

Nowadays Pippa writes for NAG, South Africa's premier gaming magazine, tech magazine, Techsmart, as well as gaming and tech website, Gearburn. She's currently the On-Air producer for a major broadcaster as well as the Editor of Spliced Magazine, an online pop culture and lifestyle magazine.

In 2013, she was named as one of Mail & Guardian's 200 Young South Africans, which is quite an achievement considering she's tried to avoid getting a "real job" most of her career.

Despite this, she's had an eclectic career with roles as a lecturer, presenter, writer, producer, editor and voice-over artist. We managed to sneak a moment in her busy schedule to get her Top Ten Movies...

"I grew up on Monty Python..."

I can't watch movies without...

- A drink. Not alcoholic necessarily as I'm not a big drinker in general. I’m more partial to soft drinks or juice in this case but I have to have one close at hand, especially if I’m at the movies and not just watching on my couch. Popcorn is a nice-to-have, but a drink is a necessity! I'd much rather be hungry than thirsty.

Which famous people share your birthday?

- My birthday is May 12th. I think the most awesome one is Florence Nightingale, but I also share it with Tony Hawk, Emilio Estevez and Jason Biggs.

What is the first film you remember watching?

- I still have very vivid memories of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, the former of which I now own on Blu-ray, but I have a distinct memory of watching The Fox and the Hound at a screening in a community centre when I was about four or five.

What's the worst movie you've ever seen?

- A terrible B-Grade... possibly even C or D Grade horror movie called Hanger. It's about a guy whose mother tried to abort him with a coat hanger and he becomes a serial killer. I didn’t manage to get through the entire thing, although my husband did out of morbid curiosity and still reckons he hasn't seen anything else that is quite that bad.

Which movies have made you tearful?

- Oh I cry all the time in movies, so I couldn't narrow it down to one. Now that I'm a parent I tend to cry more easily in movies where parents lose their children as I can't imagine anything worse than something happening to my kids. My husband laughs at me though, I cry at the drop of a hat.

Who is the most famous movie star you've ever met?

- I've met a couple of local people whose work I really like, such as Thapelo Mokoena and Atandwa Kani, but the most famous person I (almost) met was Neil Gaiman. Not exactly a movie star but he's had a lot of books adapted for film so I'm just going to count that as the same thing! I was in Melbourne visiting my family and I was attending a play by some friends called The Terminativity... it's the Nativity but with the Terminator, it was awesome. As I was waiting for them to come out so we could go have a drink in the bar, I realised Neil Gaiman was standing next to me and I had a mini internal meltdown – I absolutely love him!

I'm not the kind of person who gets starstruck at all but I was so excited and nervous but too scared to go over and say hi. He was also chatting to a couple of my friends because he'd come to see their play, but what was I going to say? “I've read everything you've ever written and I'm a huge fan?” Not stalkerish AT ALL! So eventually I leave and while I'm walking back to the train with my husband, I tweeted something about the fact that I was standing next to him and was too scared to go say hello, and of course I tagged him in it, because now I'm feeling braver, and he responded! What's worse is that he said “Oh you were the girl with the tattoos, you should have come and said hello!”

What's your favourite movie line?

- I’m a big Nightmare Before Christmas fan. I introduced my eldest son to it, and now he shares the obsession, so it’s something we watch regularly in our household and I never get tired of it.

Watching him say “I’m Jack! The Pumpkin King!” with all the inflections, the actions and facial expressions means that this is probably my favourite movie line ever.

Who would you choose to play you in your biopic?

- Haha, I often get told I look like Angelina Jolie, so I suppose that would be the obvious choice, but I really like Scarlett Johansson, so out of personal preference I would probably say her.

If you could produce a movie, what would it be about?

- Gaming, what else? Ok that's probably not the only thing it would be about, but I don't think there are enough movies about video gaming that fall into the mainstream media so that's something I'd like to do.

Finally, your top ten movies of all-time...

- The Nightmare Before Christmas ...of course. I mentioned it already but it remains one of, if not my favourite, movie of all-time. The music, the characters, everything about it is just awesome.

- Guardians of the Galaxy ...so quirky and I love superhero movies in general. I also read a lot of comic books, so I'm always interested to see how they translate into a movie – this is one of the more successful ones.

- Her ...I think this is such a poignant and relevant movie in our current era – people having more intimate relationships with their computers and AI than with actual people. It's sad and amazing and wonderful.

- Pitch Perfect ...yes it's super cheesy and of course predictable but I love it. It's such a feel good movie that you can't help but sing along.

- Beauty & The Beast ...the Disney version. Yeah I know this is also kind of a cheesy one, but I remember watching this as a kid and loving it. I knew all the songs and so many years later when I watch it with my son, I still remember all the words. He's quite keen on it as well, so it helps when I have to watch it over and over again... as you do with 3-year-olds!

- Monty Python's Life of Brian ...I grew up on Monty Python so I love pretty much anything associated with them. I would have said The Meaning of Life, but I figured this was a more traditional movie format, plus I now have Always Look on the Bright Side of Life stuck in my head.

- Wolf Children ...I can't even remember where I saw this movie – I think someone lent it to me, but it's absolutely beautiful. I've always been a fan of anime, although I watch less of it than I used to, and this was the first one I've seen in ages that really stimulated my interest again. It's about a woman that falls in love with a werewolf and has two half werewolf children. Soon after the birth of the second child the father dies and she has to struggle to raise them by herself.

- Spirited Away ... I always struggle to decide which of Hayao Miyazaki's films I love more, and I think this one comes out on top by a very slight margin. It narrowly beats Princess Mononoke and Howl's Moving Castle.

- Black Swan ...I remember seeing this when I was almost full term with my eldest son and being incredibly uncomfortable watching it at the cinema, but loving it all the same! It's disturbing and beautiful at the same time.

- Life of Pi ...although it was a bit controversial in the special effects industry because Rhythm and Hues went under shortly after the film won an Oscar, it is nevertheless one of the most gorgeous films I have ever seen. I actually didn't want to see it, and a friend of mine who worked with National Geographic got us complimentary tickets to see it in 3D. I was absolutely blown away.

Top Ten Movies with... is a people series on SPL!NG, featuring a host of celebrities ranging from up-and-coming to established personalities from all industries including, but not limited to: Internet, Radio, TV, Film, Music, Art and Entrepreneurs. It's a chance to discover who they are, find out where they're at and to get a fun inside look at their taste in movies.

Photography: Tim Hulme, Spliced Magazine

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