My Inspiration – Rod Smith (Anchor Bay)

Thursday, August 12 2010
My Inspiration – Rod Smith (Anchor Bay)

A Matter Of Life And Death

“One is starved for Technicolor up there”
From the first time I saw this film during those very long summer school holidays, tucked away on an afternoon slot on BBC2, I knew this was an original, ground-breaking, poetic and beautiful film. It is unsurpassed in its originality and still influencing film-makers today. From the legendary production team of The Archers, Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger and Jack Cardiff, it changed film-making in to a true art form and started my love affair with the movies which will stay with me for all of my life.
Powell and Pressburger led me to Hitchcock, who took me to Capra and Sturges, via Basil Rathbone’s Sherlock Holmes movies and Johnny Weismuller’s Tarzan films and I am still discovering great movies from inspirational film-makers today, I can’t wait for Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan.

While at HMV I had the pleasure of working with the team at ITV to create the Powell and Pressburger collection DVD box set and share some of my favourite films of all time with others.

It was a resounding success as a HMV exclusive and even gave birth to a slightly larger box set a year later.

I feel privileged to work in the DVD industry and be a small part of something that has become such a passion in my life.

•HMV’s My Inspiration is about the artists, actors and directors we love, sharing with us the lyrics and songs, poetry and dialogue that have inspired them. The journey began in 2006, when David Bowie became the first artist to take part, selecting Syd Barrett’s Gigolo Aunt as his inspiration. Since that time, many of our greatest icons and best new artists from the world of entertainment have featured.

We at the Raygun are asking the UK home entertainment trade for the films, people, or even songs, that inspired them to become part of our business.

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