Well on the one hand, as you would expect, it involves a lot of watching films and making selections for the festival. We are a very small team and we are all involved in this to some degree but we also have a network of friends and colleagues who tip us off about things and make recommendations. We also try and work in collaboration rather than in competition with other festivals across the UK. An example this year is our Opening Night film BIRDMAN, which simultaneously closes the Leeds Film Festival and opens CINECITY on the same night, Thursday 20th November.
I am the Programme Manager for Juice, responsible for the output of the station, managing all the on-air output, overseeing news and music policy, and making sure everything keeps to a broadcast quality and the production standards of Juice. I also present the evening show (The Mixtape), four shows a week, 7-10pm. Been doing that for 4/5 years. I took over from Ace from Skunk Anansie!
I started playing drums at 14, got qualified in Energy Engineering, but turned to drumming professionally in my early 20s. As a professional player I’ve played for many different artists, from Alvin Stardust to Martha Reeves, Freakpower to Jason Derulo! I started with BIMM in 2002, at the very beginning, as Head of Drums, and have been here ever since. I write a regular feature in Rhythm magazine every month, which I’ve done for 12 years, and also run my own drum studio in Seaford.
It’s been talked about for a while but finally proper local TV is here, on your television sets, computers, tablets and mobile devices from the end of August. While America has had very successful local cable TV for decades, this is very new to the UK. In all, 30 licenses have been granted in the UK, including Manchester, Birmingham, Norwich, Nottingham, London, Grimsby and, of course, Latest TV in Brighton. Some are on air already, all are expected to be on air by the end of the year. There is plenty of scope to get involved too, either as a programme maker, producer, editor, cameraman, or in any way to do with television.