The Film Club: A Memoir (Paperback)
Can't get enough of the TCFF?? Use this at home afterward as a guide. A
father made a deal with his son who was allowed to drop out of
school.... But they had to watch three films a week and discuss them.
What films would you choose for a curriculum? Showgirls? Really??What
couldbe the lesson there?? This could be the foundation of a book/movie
"I loved David Gilmour's sleek, potent little memoir, The Film Club. It's so, so wise in the ways of fathers and sons, of movies and movie-goers, of love and loss."
--- Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Empire Falls
"If all sons had dads like David Gilmour, then Oedipus would be a forgotten legend and Father's Day would be a worldwide film festival."
--Sean Wilsey, author of Oh the Glory of It All
"David Gilmour is a very unlikely moral guidance counselor: he's broke, more or less unemployed and has two children by two different women. Yet when it looks as though his teenage son is about to go off the rails, he reaches out to him through the only subject he knows anything about: the movies. The result is an object lesson in how fathers should talk to their sons." --Toby Young, author of How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
At the start of this brilliantly unconventional family memoir, David Gilmour is an unemployed movie critic trying to convince his fifteen-year-old son Jesse to do his homework. When he realizes Jesse is beginning to view learning as a loathsome chore, he offers his son an unconventional deal: Jesse could drop out of school, not work, not pay rent - but he must watch three movies a week of his father's choosing.
Week by week, side by side, father and son watched everything from True Romance to Rosemary's Baby to Showgirls, and films by Akira Kurosawa, Martin Scorsese, Brian DePalma, Billy Wilder, among others. The movies got them talking about Jesse's life and his own romantic dramas, with mercurial girlfriends, heart-wrenching breakups, and the kind of obsessive yearning usually seen only in movies.
Through their film club, father and son discussed girls, music, work, drugs, money, love, and friendship - and their own lives changed in surprising ways.
About the Author
David Gilmour's sixth novel, A Perfect Night to Go to China, won the 2005 Governor-General's Award for fiction in Canada and has been translated into Russian, French, Thai, Italian, Dutch, Bulgarian, Serbian and Turkish. China and a previous book, Lost Between Houses, were both nominated for Ontario's Trillium Book Award. His novels have been praised by visionaries from William Burroughs to Northrop Frye, and in publications ranging from People magazine to the New York Times Book Review. Gilmour worked for the Toronto International Film Festival before moving into a broadcasting career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) where he served as the national film critic for country's flagship news show, The Journal. He went on to host his own talk show on CBC's Newsworld, Gilmour on the Arts, which won a Gemini Award. Gilmour's 5,000-word memoir of reading Tolstoy ("My Life with Tolstoy") appeared in last summer's issue of The Walrus magazine (the Harper's of Canada) to huge response and acclaim.
. . . a
beautiful, unvarnished portrait of fathers and sons-irregular, flawed, full of
heartbreak and heart."—Peg Tyre, Newsweek
. . .heartwarming .
. . With
ironic wit and
beautifully analyzes the slow but transforming effect the films had on his son
Perfectly balanced recollections, brimming with pathos leavened by sardonic
was hooked on Gilmour's spare, limpid style, and on the tenderness, bitter
sweetness, and the film education that I could feel unfolding from the first
page . . . THE
FILM CLUB is a deep pleasure to read, almost
as much fun as - or maybe more than - going to the
movies."—Elizabeth Benedict, The Huffington Post
expertly tackles the nostalgia not only of film but also that of parents,
watching as their children grow and develop separate lives. With his unique
blend of film history and personal memoir, Gilmour's latest offering will
deservedly win him new American fans."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
hilarious and sometimes screwy
. . . an
inspiring change of pace from the way fathers usually are
. . . [Gilmour's] advice to Jesse about his painful girlfriend problems is warm and wise, with
just the right amount of adult bluntness. THE
FILM CLUB is a highly lovable
book."—The Portland Oregonian
"Both for its smart, engaging movie talk and for its touching depiction of a father-son relationship, The Film Club gets two thumbs way up."—Booklist