Mary Guillermin was married to John for the last sixteen years of his life. She is the Director of Communications and a Senior Practitioner at the Pellin Institute, which offers training in Contribution Training & Gestalt (www.pellininstitute.com). She is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California, and a writer and solo show artist. She performed her first one-woman show, From Crazy to Sane: A Tale of Feminine Mysticism,
Magic & Madness at Solofest 2020, the largest solo show festival on the West Coast, just before theaters closed due to the pandemic. In her show she highlights some key aspects of her marriage to John. She is also an accomplished collage artist. Mary Guillermin writes about these films among others.
Vic Pratt is a film archivist, writer, historian, and Blu-ray/DVD producer for the British Film Institute (BFI). He has written on film and television history for a range of books, magazines and video releases, as well as introducing screenings and film seasons at BFI Southbank. His book The Bodies Beneath: The Flipside of British Film and Television, co-authored with William Fowler, was published by Strange Attractor Press in 2019. Co-author with Kate Lees. Vic Pratt and Kate Lees write about these films among others.
Kate Lees (adelphifilms.com) is the owner of Adelphi Films, which was a major producer and distributor of British films throughout the 1940s and 50s. Adelphi was established by Arthur Dent, Kate’s grandfather, and produced and distributed numerous feature films. It gave many stars of the day their first appearance on the big screen, including Peter Sellers, Diana Dors, Petula Clark, Prunella Scales, Ronnie Corbett and many more. The company retains rights and ownership of the collection. The material is stored and preserved by the BFI in the National Archive. There is a wonderful document archive of stills, posters, original signed contracts, production costs and other memorabilia. Co-author with Vic Pratt. Kate Lees and Vic Pratt write about these films among others.
Neil Sinyard is Emeritus Professor of Film Studies at the University of Hull, UK (a Department which he founded) and Visiting Professor of Film at the University of Lincoln, UK. He has published numerous books and articles on the cinema, including monographs on directors such as Billy Wilder, William Wyler, Fred Zinnemann, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Richard Lester, Jack Clayton, Woody Allen and Nicolas Roeg, as well as books on silent movies, film comedy, film adaptations of literature, and representations of childhood on film.
He has contributed essays, commentaries and interviews to over sixty DVD and Blu-ray releases. He helped to program and write the notes for numerous film seasons at the National Film Theatre in London and for the Irish Film Institute in Dublin; and was also for a while the Deputy Film Critic of the Sunday Telegraph. He is currently the Literary Editor of the Graham Greene Newsletter (published quarterly) and a regular lecturer at the annual Graham Greene Festival in Berkhamsted; a consultant and contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography; and a co-editor of the series on British Film Makers for Manchester University Press. His most recent book, George Stevens: The Films of a Hollywood Giant, was published by McFarland & Company in 2019. Neil Sinyard writes about these films among others.
Melanie Williams is Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia, UK. She has written extensively on British cinema and her books include Transformation and Tradition in 1960s British Cinema; Female Stars of British Cinema; David Lean; Ealing Revisited; and British Women’s Cinema. Melanie Williams writes about Rapture.
Dr. Brian Hoyle is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Dundee. He has written extensively on British, European, and American cinema. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters on subjects ranging from Derek Jarman, to Joseph H. Lewis, to William Walton’s film scores, he is the author of The Cinema of John Boorman (Scarecrow Press, 2012) and the co-editor of British Art Cinema: Creativity, Experimentation, and Innovation (Manchester University Press, 2019). Dr. Hoyle writes about Rapture.
Olaf Möller is a critic based in Cologne. He had long-running columns in Film Comment and Cinema Scope magazines; in addition, he co-wrote and co-edited several books. He is currently also a senior programmer at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and holds the position of Professor for Film History and Theory at Aalto University (Helsinki). Olaf Möller mentions these films among others.
Brett A. Hart (HartandSoul.net) is an Emmy-winning writer, producer, director, and owner of Hart & Soul Entertainment. Before he made his way to Hollywood, as a high school student, Brett caught the attention of director Richard Franklin (Psycho II, Cloak & Dagger).
Mr. Franklin took the young aspiring director under his wing, which launched Brett’s journey into film, spanning decades in both commercial television and features. As creative director of one of the most innovative advertising agencies in the Midwest, Brett has received many awards including an Emmy
and multiple Telly Awards.
He went on to garner more accolades for his short films, most importantly Dead End, which was screened at the DGA as part of the TX Filmmakers Showcase. This led to his debut feature film, Bone Dry, starring Lance Henriksen and Luke Goss. After leaving Austin, Texas where he wrapped his PBS series Ain’t It Cool With Harry Knowles (sponsored by IMAX), Brett now resides in Hollywood, where he is developing several television series in addition to his next feature film with his wife, singer/composer/writer/producer, Bonnie E. Hart. Brett Hart writes about The Towering Inferno.
Ray Morton (raymorton.com) is a writer and film historian and the author of seven books including King Kong: The History of a Movie Icon; Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Making of Steven Spielberg’s Classic Film; Amadeus: Music on Film; A Hard Day’s Night: Music on Film; A Quick Guide to Screenwriting; A Quick Guide to Television Writing; and A Quick Guide to Film Directing. A graduate of New York University. Morton has also co-written several produced teleplays, been a staff writer and story consultant for several television series, works as a screenplay consultant, writes articles for numerous publications, and is a columnist for Script Magazine (www.scriptmag.com). Ray Morton writes about King Kong.
Sarah Street is Professor of Film at the University of Bristol, UK. She has published extensively on British cinema with books including British National Cinema (1997) and Transatlantic Crossings: British Feature Films in the USA (2002). For several years she has been researching the impact of color film technologies, aesthetics and culture. Her several publications on colour films include Colour Films in Britain: The Negotiation of Innovation, 1900–55 (2012), winner of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies prize for Best Monograph. Her latest books are Deborah Kerr (2018) and Chromatic Modernity: Color, Cinema, and Media of the 1920s (2019, co-authored with Joshua Yumibe). Her latest project is as Principal Investigator on STUDIOTEC: Film Studios: Infrastructure, Culture, Innovation in Britain, France, Germany and Italy, 1930–60, a European Research Council-funded Advanced Grant. Sarah Street writes about Death on the Nile.