Once more good intentions of keeping up with blogging have gone the way of most good intentions. Anyway, the book, Focus: The Art and Soul of Cinema was officially published last Friday. My copies arrived on Monday - always an exciting moment to see the results of so much hard work nicely printed (11 pt Palatino on a very crisp white paper if, like me, you care about such things - and I realise most don't) with a lovely cover.
Films have never been more popular or, with the increase in television channels and home rentals, so readily available. But how much of what we watch do we really understand? Focus: The Art and Soul of Cinema explains how films communicate the worldview of the film-maker, helping us to engage more fully with the films we watch - and so to enjoy them more. With a passion for film and a deep concern to develop a robust Christian understanding of our culture, Tony Watkins equips us to recognise and respond to the messages in today's movies. Essential reading for anyone who enjoys films and who wants to get more out of their viewing experience.
There is a little more blurb, but since it's people saying nice things about the book, modesty prevents me from putting it here. You can get more information from the Focus microsite. You can even read all the nice things there, as well as see what's in the book, read a sample extract and get additional resources.
If you feel inclined to buy a copy - at the bargain price of £8.99 - you can do so in a number of ways. Here's three, all with different advantages: order it through a bookshop (the ISBN is 978-1-904753-15-5), buy it through the Damaris shop or buy it from Amazon.co.uk via the books page on my website (which has the small advantage of a little commission from Amazon helping towards our support, as well as encouraging more sales on Amazon). Wherever you buy from, it really helps when people leave reviews on the Amazon website(s) - it has a huge influence on what people buy.