SIX OF THE BEST: Brent Allard

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Welcome to another edition of SIX OF THE BEST, the semi regular part of BRWC where we fire six questions at lovely people.  This one is about Brent Allard.

Brent Allard has been published in many literary magazines and is former co/publisher & editor of Concrete Wolf literary journal. Currently working on poetry, fiction and a novel to come. He runs Criminal Movies, a review site for crime related films and his own personal writing blog, Count the Stairs.  He is also involved with the Movie Blogger’s Network.

What you up to today?
Today I’m working on a book of my poetry that should be out later this year, as well as selling industrial equipment, which is how I pay the bills.

What’s the Movie Blogger’s Network and what have you set it up?
Movie Blogger’s Network was actually set up by Hyder Tariq and I’m an admin there. It’s just a good place for movie bloggers to post their links and hopefully talk to each other about them.

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How important are sites like twitter and Facebook to you?
They’re fairly important and tremendous tools. It’s a remarkable thing to be able to easily reach people all over the world with your work. I try to stay active on both of them.

Any films you have seen that have left a lasting impression on you?
All the time, cinema really gets to me in a unique way. Watching a great film is like peeking into someone else’s universe. Too many to list them all, so I’ll name a few; The 400 Blows, My Life As A Dog, The Last Life in the Universe.

Have you made films yourself?
I’ve made short videos to go along with my poems. I also wrote half of a screenplay although it was a collaboration and never finished it.



Anything you want to get off your chest right now?
That these are exciting times for creative types. Think about how many people have a video camera on them all the time in their phone and a built in audience right on their computers. The potential is amazing.

Alton started BRWC as a bit of fun, and has grown into what you see today, and he can only apologise. Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.