A Life in Film: Ethne Effendowicz

Ethne Effendowizc is our latest interviewee and this one is tinged with sadness, as after doing sterling work on our committee she has decided to hand over the reins. We say a huge thank you to her and wish her well but we will undoubtedly miss her great film knowledge.

Ethne is retiring from the CFS committee after serving as a committee member for 14 years, during which time the membership has grown at a great rate. She has been a member since 1980 and can even recall going to films at our former venue in the White HIll Centre, helping to put out the chairs and wearing layers of clothes in the winter because it was so cold!

Apart from films Ethne's interests are painting, theatre, reading and travelling, A lot of her time is taken up with family too and she is pleased to be able to do these things after working as a research scientist.

1)     What was the best film of your childhood?

The first film I remember is "The Red Shoes" ( Michael Powell, 1948 ). The implications of the plot passed me by but I was entranced by the colours, the music and the dancing and have loved film ever since.


2)      Best date movie?

"Doctor Zhivago" ( David Lean, 1965 ).  Very romantic, Omar Sharif and all that snow.

3)      Have you ever walked out of a film and if so what and why?

No, I am an optimist and always hope that something will happen that will redeem a film or book that I am struggling with.

4)      Everyone should see?

With great difficulty I have narrowed this down to :- "Jean de Florette" ( Claude Berri, 1986 ) "Truly Madly Deeply" ( Anthony Mingella, 1990 ) and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" ( Ang Lee, 2000 )

5)      No one should see? I have seen it so you don’t have to

"Last Year in Marienbad" (Alain Resnais, 1961).  I was taken to this by a friend who loved it, but I found it pretentious and boring, and fimly declined his next cinema invitation.

6)      Marooned on your desert island you can only save one film to watch over and over again.  What film would you choose. (We will give you a DVD of the Greatest Story Ever Told and Shakespeare in Love)

The thought of a desert island fills me with horror as I am unused to and can't cope with solitude. So it would be "Some Like it Hot" ( Billy Wilder, 1959 ) because it always makes me laugh. The scene where Tony Curtis emerges from his bath, fully dressed in his naval uniform is unfailingly funny.

7)      What film is your guilty pleasure? The film that someone with your good taste in cinema wouldn’t want anyone else to know about.

I used to skip Chemistry lectures and go to the local cinema which showed old musicals instead. I remember "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers", "The King and I" all more enjoyable than studying. Last summer I took 2 grandchildren to "Minions", it was their choice but I loved it just as much as they did.

8)      What  would be the last film that you would like to see before you meet the great film maker in the sky

"Spirited Away" (Studio Ghibli, 2001) I loved this animation when I first saw it, the colours & shapes were so different from anything I had seen before. The mysterious train that appears out of the mist is one of my favourite scenes

9)      Inheritance films. Which film did you inherit and from whom and which film would you like to pass on and why?

My parents were theatre rather than film goers but my older brother discovered Jaques Tati's "Mon Oncle" (1958) and I have liked M. Hulot ever since. My children are all keen film goers and have always loved film, having been taken to the cinema a lot. We are continually discussing films and if they are worth seeing or not.

10)   Who would play you in the film of your life? Two actors please, one for the younger you and one for the older version.

I think that it would have to be Carey Mulligan to play me as a young woman and Dame Helen Mirren to play me in my more mature years.

Thank you for sharing your film experiences with us Ethne.  Take care, we’ll miss you.
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