5 Minutes with Tim Brown

Archipelago or The ArborIntroduce yourself…

My name is Tim Brown and I am Co-Director of CINECITY. We programme the annual CINECITY Brighton Film Festival and also screenings, events and exhibitions across the year. For instance I also programme the film strand of May’s Brighton Festival.

 Who or what has inspired you to be involved in making film/moving image?

Probably the main thing that inspired me to do what i’m doing now was going to cinemas in London in the early/mid 80s such as the Electric, Scala, Lumiere and Minema. It was a real education in cinema from around the world. 

How has Brighton and Hove influenced your work?

I started work at the Duke of York’s – which shared a certain ethos with the cinemas above – as an Education Officer and Assistant Manager. It is a special place that has a really strong hold on the affections of many people.

What advice would you give to creative people seeking work or wanting to develop their careers in the industry?

Just keep doing what you want to do and be prepared to work very hard. Don’t lose heart if at first you don’t succeed – play the long game. Also while there are some idiots working in film, there do seem to be less than in other areas of the creative arts.

What’s the most interesting part of your job?

Watching films, working with artists and film-makers on different projects, curating the programmes of films, special events and exhibitions.

What’s the most challenging aspect of your job?

It’s often the raising of the money to do the above.

Dead or alive, who are the top three people you’d most like to collaborate with, and why?

I did interview JG Ballard once but I would have liked to work with him on an exhibition or something similiar.

If you could only take one film away with you on a desert island, what would it be and why?

Given that it’s a film I would need to watch again and again and also as I might need some cheering up, then definitely Spinal Tap.

Working with Guest Director Ali Smith, CINECITY have put together the film selection for Brighton Festival 2015. For more details, visit brightonfestival.org