Rollo Ross

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How to Grow a Film Festival

(1) Comments | Posted 5 December 2012 | (23:00)

It's been nine years since I last attended the Marrakech Film Festival and I had numerous apprehensions about accepting the invite this year based on my previous experiences back in 2003.

These included a disastrous visit to the Souk, where I had a snake thrown on my arm by a...

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Yes, the London Film Festival Has Begun...

(1) Comments | Posted 12 October 2012 | (00:00)

I've been quite amazed at how few people seem to be aware that the London Film Festival is on but yes it is happening and it's happening right now.

I'm not sure if this is a lack of marketing - I've only seen posters on the tube - or just...

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Connecting with Disconnect

(0) Comments | Posted 5 September 2012 | (16:26)

If I can tear myself away from Facebook for just one minute, I might be able to write this post.

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....

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Going for a Chinese in Venice

(0) Comments | Posted 4 September 2012 | (13:46)

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 Tai Chi 0 I...

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Venice Film Festival: To the Wonder of Malick

(0) Comments | Posted 4 September 2012 | (00:00)

I'm ashamed to say it but until this morning I was a Terrence Malick virgin.

Several times in social situations, friends have started talking about his movies, and they'd often turn to me for my expert commentary on the director as a film festival expert but I wouldn't have...

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'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' Opens Venice (and People's Minds?)

(2) Comments | Posted 31 August 2012 | (13:13)

Every year, the opening film of the Venice Film Festival is a bit of a surprise - almost as much as a surprise as the moment you enter the accommodation you rented on the Lido.

As usual, everything in the apartment is stuck in time - this time it's the...

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The Hidden Hero of Hollywood

(1) Comments | Posted 27 August 2012 | (00:00)

I've probably covered around 1000 red carpet events for television in my day and my first rule of editing when it comes around to cutting a showbiz package is to focus on the big name A-listers, as they are the ones people want to see.

Often the director will get...

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Plan B's Plan to Help the Young

(0) Comments | Posted 8 June 2012 | (00:00)

I got very irritated during the festival in Cannes by critics and reporters alike remarking that Plan B's debut movie Ill Manors 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...

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I'm Watching Big Brother

(4) Comments | Posted 6 June 2012 | (08:56)

I am so bored of people telling me that Big Brother is moronic.

I believe the critics are, to be honest.

You see, you can't get better dramatic narrative than by throwing strangers (especially ego-centric ones) among each other in a confined space...

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Tired of Cannes

(7) Comments | Posted 26 May 2012 | (00:00)

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 Hemingway and Gellhorn to find most of the other journalists there acting like doped up zombies.

Even Nicole Kidman tells me how exhausted...

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Cannes: It's a Brand's World

(1) Comments | Posted 23 May 2012 | (23:32)

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.

To be fair, even when the festival isn't...

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A Fleeting Meeting With Ronan Keating

(0) Comments | Posted 23 May 2012 | (08:23)

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?


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Being a Lemon in Cannes

(1) Comments | Posted 22 May 2012 | (00:00)

I've interviewed a lot of celebrities from A to Z during the last decade and a half, but I've never experienced the feeling I had interviewing Keith Lemon on a balcony in Cannes overlooking the Croisette.

You see, with most interviews you're either talking to the actual...

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A(n) (Un)Usual Day in Cannes

(0) Comments | Posted 21 May 2012 | (00:00)

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.


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Can Cannes Do It?

(1) Comments | Posted 16 May 2012 | (10:14)

I've been going to Cannes for more years than I care to remember and it's always fascinating when I return back home after 12 days of hell and champagne to hear what reports people have seen or read about this - the most iconic of festivals.


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Why Warcraft is Peaceful

(16) Comments | Posted 17 April 2012 | (00:00)

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).

I can already predict that many publications out...

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Final Fantasy XI: The Beginning of Reality

(1) Comments | Posted 29 March 2012 | (00:00)

My mum always told me not to talk to strangers but at the age of 33 I decided to throw caution to the wind and go somewhere to do just that - a land the majority of the Earth doesn't know exists.

It's often been thought that somewhere beyond the...

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