editing the British cult fanzine Invasion
of the Sad Man-Eating Mushrooms (which
won Fanzine of the Year twice running) through to
publishing Revolutions (the UK’s
first laserdisc fanzine) with Steve Langton I’ve
certainly moved around a bit. Revs
only managed a couple of issues before it seemed
a natural progression to move it to the web –
where it stayed for a few years until 2000 when
the idea for The Spinning Image
came along. This was developed and finally open
to the public in 2001, later taking a radical redesign
The Spinning Image was different.
This time, rather than me being a complete martyr,
constantly trying to keep up to date with the reviews
which had been emailed in (which was a job and a
half) I made the site completely maintainable by
the users. This is great because apart from relieving
a lot of the admin headaches for me, it also means
the site can grow without me… I log in and
don’t know what’s new – just like
any other visitor.
Jones (Site Editor): - I’m a thirty something
(for a while anyway) movie fan from London, but
am now living in Norfolk. I’m the owner and
creator of The Spinning Image.
I work as an analyst/programmer and web developer,
which luckily puts me in good stead for creating
the website in my spare time. Unfortunately I no
longer have time to write for the site myself, but
still, we've a team of much better reviewers than
myself who are more than fit for the job.
Films... well although I'll watch anything I enjoy
sleaze and horror and anything you could call a
cult movie (i.e. something not straight out of Hollywood)
- and if no one else has heard of it, that's all
the more reason to watch it!
The rest of the site administrators (in no particular
order I hasten to add!):
Clark: I was born in Scotland at an early
age and quickly formed a love of pop culture that
has made me the world class loser I am today. I'll
watch any kind of film, from exploitation wonders
to arthouse movies I can only pretend to understand.
Now I think of it, I can only pretend to understand
the exploitation wonders as well. My favourite films
include Terry Gilliam's Brazil, Casablanca, the
Cyrano de Bergerac with Gerard Depardieu, A Matter
of Life and Death and David Lynch's Blue Velvet.
I'm quite partial to old black and white horror
Langton: While my cinematic tastes encompass
a wide range of genres, I do have a particular fondness
for Italian horror: good to see the works of Mario
Bava, Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci gracing our
screens on DVD.
When I'm not watching movies, I can be found supporting
a sleeping giant (Derby County) at our local Pride
Park stadium while loudly lamenting those terrible
all-seater grounds (give me The Popside/Ossie End
anyday!). Also enjoy the theatre - Amadeus and The
Woman in Black being particular favourites and chilling
out(!) to the sounds of The Clash, Pistols, Banshees,
Adverts and a host of other 'one chord wonders'.
Auty: Of course, I like to see myself as
a fan of all cinema, from Kurosawa to Spielberg,
via Jarmusch and Herzog. But lets face it, at the
end of the day all my considered observations and
intelligent analysis disappear in face of gratuitous
gore, crazed kung fu, indefensible sleaze and general
cinematic weirdness. Bring it on!! First film I
ever saw at the cinema: The Black Hole First film
I ever saw on video: Battlestar Galactica ‘80
Landmarks in The Spinning Image history:
- 2001 - Hardcoded site went live.
- 2002 - Site rewritten and coded to make it dynamic!
- 08/01/2004 - TSI quoted on The Last Horror Movie
cinema poster [read
- 19/05/2004 - Given HotSite award from USA Today
- 17/08/2004 Glen Collins (head of Digital Outlook)
names The Spinning Image as a site which helped
The Village press campaign - even going so far
as to say it's where the larger publications go
to get their info! [read
Landmarks Site Statistics:
The Spinning Image has already
gone from strength to strength. I’m always
on the prowl for new ideas and features to put into
the site – so if you can think of something
we’re not already doing, then please let me
Contribute to The Spinning Image:
We’re always on the look out for talented, new
reviewers and writers. Click here for more details.
This site is dedicated to the memory
of Wayne Southworth.
Gone but never forgotten.