We’re delighted to announce that James Mudge is joining us as a regular contributor…
“Hi, I’m James, and I’m delighted to be joining easternKicks as a contributor. I’m from Glasgow and have been based in London for the last few years, which gives me far too many opportunities to attend film festivals, press screenings and other events with free alcohol. I’ve been writing for a variety of other websites over the last ten years, including BeyondHollywood in the US and YesAsia in Hong Kong.
“I’ve been watching films forever, with a particular interest in Asian cinema since my early exposure to Guinea Pig: Flower of Flesh and Blood and Hong Kong ghost films back in the early 1990s, and have a pretty wide spread of interests across different genres and forms. Though I’ve no particular favourite or focus when it comes to the various countries of Asia, and enjoy films from Japan, Korea, Thailand and so on, I’ve always had a soft spot for Hong Kong and have been keeping a close eye on the continuing development of mainland China cinema. I do travel around Asia a lot, and spend most of my holidays visiting film festivals when I can.
“As well as somehow holding down a day job, I also run the Chinese Visual Festival in London, an annual event which showcases independent Chinese language cinema, including documentaries, fiction, experimental and art films. We’re be running our 5th edition in 2015 and have welcomed guests like Jia Zhangke, Pema Tseden, Tammy Cheung, Wu Wuna and others to London over the years.”