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Pick Six: Chris Cooke, Mayhem Film Festival

13 June 19 interview: LeftLion

Chris Cooke, one half of the curation team behind Mayhem Film Festival, picks a few of his favourite things...

Book
My favourite book is probably Double Indemnity. The noir of James M. Cain is a fully realised hell populated with doomed lovers. The ending of the book didn’t make it into the film. It’s very bleak, but darkly romantic. Loved it.

Film
It changes all the time, but there are some films that mean so much to me that all their flaws are forgiven. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a perfect example of the power of collaboration – this is the best work from everyone involved, from the grave-robbing art department to the eyeball-searing cinematography.

Song
A song I put on to cheer me up is most probably Boredom by Buzzcocks or Outdoor Miner by Wire - they're snappy. But thinking about it now, one is angry and the other introspective. I'm quite a happy person, really.

Meal
It was probably a veggie pie and chips from the chippy on College Road in Stoke-On-Trent when I was a student. We would sit on the street wall and cry salty tears onto our chips thinking about our grades.

Holiday Destination
I don't go on holiday often, but when I do it's always to Jersey to see my Mum, brother and sister and to find some time to stare out at the sea… looking all moody.

Notts Spot
Broadway Cinema feels so welcoming, like a second home – you can find shelter there, in the dark. After that I love the laundrette on Mansfield Road in Carrington, it's a restful place to sit and take stock in - I do thinking there.

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