A Life in Film, Tony Renwick

Tony Renwick is a retired Civil Engineer and has lived in Chesham for 37 years.  He joined the Film Society about six years ago and has been on the committee for three.  Tony occasionally introduces films when Andy is away. 

Tony's love of cinema started at school when the film society was the only place to see X-rated films when under the age of 16 and it was here that he gained his introduction to foreign language films and sub-titles.

1)      What was the best film of your childhood?

Ivanhoe (Richard Thorpe, 1952).  I saw it three times in a week.  I was in love with Elizabeth Taylor.

2)      Best date movie?

Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975).  My date clung to me at the frightening moments

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

No but I saw Une Femme Mariée (Jean-Luc Godard, 1964) with two friends and afterwards we all said we would have walked out if we had been on our own.

4)      Everyone should see?

All Quiet on the Western Front (Lewis Milestone, 1930)

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

Une Femme Mariée as 3 above.

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)

A difficult choice between Field of Dreams (Kevin Costner, 1989) and The Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont, 1994), probably the latter.

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.

The early Carry On films.

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

Probably not been made yet.

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

I did not inherit any, (DVD did not exist in my youth)  I would pass on Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941) which was years ahead of its time but still relevant today.

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.

Errol Flynn for the young me and Orson Welles for the more mature man!