We talk about a career path, but my life in movies is nothing like a path.
It's more like that spidery fairground ride that hurls you outwards, away from the centre, then inwards, spinning as you go. I'm always dashing, in different directions, around movies. In my twenties I made documentaries for TV. Then I switched direction and became director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Then I changed again, to become a film critic and TV presenter. Then I wrote books on cinema, taught at universities, and curated things about children and cinema.
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