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All About The Spinning Image

From 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 in 2002.

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.

About Us:

Darren JonesDarren 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!):

Graeme ClarkGraeme 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 movies, too.

 

Steve LangtonSteve 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'.

Daniel AutyDaniel 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 TV pilot


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 more...]
  • 19/05/2004 - Given HotSite award from USA Today [read more...]
  • 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 more...]


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The Future:

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 know.

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.

 

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