This is me, Neil Snowdon.
Writer, Editor, Film Programmer, Amateur Dad (in the best possible sense of the word ‘amateur’), and a lover of books and film.
I also suffer with depressive illness.
Though the depression robbed me of the pleasure I found in film for quite some time, the process of recovery has echoed the rediscovery of a simple passion, the purest simplest motivation for everything I now do: LOVE. It might be corny, but it’s also true. The decision to stop pursuing any creative endevour for any other reason than the love of it helped turn my life around.
This blog is about the things I love. The things that excite me. The creative endevours that helped to heal me, and continue to keep me sane. Hence the title, AIM FOR THE HEART.
It’s taken from something Christopher Frayling wrote, when he signed my copy of ‘Something To Do With Death’, his biography of Serio Leone: “Aim for the heart, Ramon.”
Remembering the person I was when I got that book signed, the person excitedly chattering to Sir Christopher at the cinema I was working in and at which he was about to deliver a talk about Once Upon A Time In The West, was the first step on the road to recovery. It’s sort of my motto now…
“Aim For The Heart…”
Draw from the passion, and aim to inspire it.
Hope you enjoy.