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Rollo Ross

Film festival guru, entertainment expert, premiere whore and sometime slayer of dragons

Rollo Ross has spent 15 years in the Entertainment Industry producing both editorial and corporate output for the biggest international news agencies.

Part producer, director, advanced FCP editor, production manager, writer, globe trotting film festival guru, and presenter, this one-man walking production company has seen the inner workings of the industry in all its forms for many years.

When he's not interviewing A to Z-list celebrities or editing interesting corporate videos for major brands, he likes nothing better than to put up his feet and grab his joystick for some on-line role playing.

How to Grow a Film Festival

I have to say that all these changes have certainly revolutionised the Marrakech Film Festival experience, and it's gone from a dismal environment to a joyous one. If it continues to go forward in this direction, it shouldn't be too long before it's as celebrated as its established European counterparts.
05/12/2012 13:58 GMT

Yes, the London Film Festival Has Begun...

London is usually known in the film industry as the Hollywood capital of Europe as all the big studios have their European headquarters here. Our multiplexes are full of American movies and we generally hold the European premieres of big blockbusters in London (and there's normally a lot of media coverage about them!). But for two weeks, we're kicking back at our commercial reputation by hosting a celebration of non-formulaic movies and that, in my eyes, is worth celebrating. Most importantly, it's a film festival aimed at the public so even <em>you</em> can get tickets.
11/10/2012 18:02 BST

Connecting With Disconnect

I really want to because I have fallen in love with a movie here at the Venice film festival but it is quite difficult to focus. Oh. Hang on. I'm just going to retweet something that says the only thing wrong with this movie is it's not in the festival's competition.
06/09/2012 12:58 BST

Going for a Chinese in Venice

Every year in Venice, the Chinese invade the film festival with their massive army of delegates to launch a movie they hope might permeate through to make it big in the West. It's always a massive gamble, and often they don't succeed. But this year, with <em>Tai Chi 0</em> I think they're finally onto a winner
04/09/2012 16:56 BST

The Hidden Hero of Hollywood

I've constantly bitched about how unfair this system of movie marketing is, or how unfair the media is as credit really isn't going where credit is due. But until I went to the Aruba International Film Festival, I realised that there's a position that rarely gets any credit at all - they never get to walk the red carpet and yet they are the ones that truly make films magical.
26/08/2012 20:27 BST

Plan B's Plan to Help the Young

I got very irritated during the festival in Cannes by critics and reporters alike remarking that Plan B's debut movie <em>Ill Manors</em> is 'bleak.' I'm not sure what it is about 'bleak' that annoyed me so much but I tend to feel that the word has a dismissive quality that suggests that nothing good can come out of watching the movie.
08/06/2012 10:28 BST

I'm Watching Big Brother

I am so bored of people telling me that<em> Big Brother</em> is moronic. The fact of the matter is that it's a programme which offers real drama, real narrative and real characters (once they forget who they're trying to portray) - and there is nothing else on television like it.
06/06/2012 09:11 BST

Tired of Cannes

It's Day 10 of Cannes and the annual festival fatigue has well and truly set in. I arrived at the press junket for the new HBO movie <em>Hemingway and Gellhorn</em> to find most of the other journalists there acting like doped up zombies. Even Nicole Kidman tells me how exhausted she is before my interview starts...
25/05/2012 19:41 BST

Cannes: It's a Brand's World

You might think logically that the Cannes film festival is all about films. It's not. It's substantially about brands trying to hawk their names around the festival and ensure that they are associated with the most luxurious event of the year.
23/05/2012 23:34 BST

A Fleeting Meeting With Ronan Keating

I said in my original blog about Cannes to expect the unexpected at the film festival. Well, who would have thought that Ronan Keating would be here for a film and that torrential rain would dampen the spirits of everyone at the festival - including Ronan?
23/05/2012 08:34 BST

Being a Lemon in Cannes

With most interviews you're either talking to the actual real-life human being or their alter ego, which is actually more common than you'd think. A lot of A-listers in particular seem to come across like they're acting in interviews and just reciting a script given to them by their publicist. But with the comedy TV host Keith Lemon, I feel like I'm interviewing both him and his creator Leigh Francis and I struggle to understand which person I'm talking to.
21/05/2012 17:33 BST

A(n) (Un)Usual Day in Cannes

It's not uncommon to be asked what it's like to work at the Cannes film festival, and I usually reply that "it's really quite exhausting." However, what I'm reminded of today is that it's also completely weird in an insane banana type way.
20/05/2012 22:36 BST

Can Cannes Do It?

Cannes has a few aces up its sleeves this year. Brad Pitt will be in town to premiere <em>Killing Them Softly</em> slap bang in the middle of the festival which will no doubt cause a flurry of media interest - "Will Angelina come? Will she do that leg thing again? Will they have engagement rings on? Do they fart and if they do, do their pumps smell of roses?"
16/05/2012 10:32 BST

Why Warcraft is Peaceful

Today at the trial of Anders Behring Breivik, it was suggested by the prosecution that the Norwegian killer was influenced in his psychotic fantasy by playing "World of Warcraft" -the most famous MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game).
16/04/2012 14:32 BST

Final Fantasy XI: The Beginning of Reality

I became good in-game friends with an extreme variety of this Final Fantasy world's population from soldiers serving in Afghanistan, single mums from Dalston and unemployed Muslim kids in Leeds to convicted bank robbers, professional live-cam gay "models," and croupiers from Vegas.
28/03/2012 22:47 BST