Meet the Team: Ronan Duff

Ronan, 4th year Law and English Literature, Film Editor

Who are you?

I’m Ronan and I’m going into final year as a Law and English Literature student.

What is you role on the team? What do you do?

My role as Film Editor involves pitching features and reviews for the section, alongside organizing tickets and screenings for contributors for upcoming films, festivals, and other events.  

What is your favourite thing about Glasgow?

The Duke of Wellington’s traffic cone hat.

How did you get involved with [qmunicate]?

I’ve been writing on and off for the magazine since I picked up an issue in first year. My early input was predominantly film reviews, but I was gradually encouraged by the team to step out of my comfort zone and develop my writing in features and other areas – and eventually, to apply for an editorial position.

What is your advice to someone wanting to get involved?

There’s no harm in trying. There’s no membership fee nor no expectations beyond those you choose for yourself while you pick up an article. Even then, the team is understanding of the pressures of student life. If you’ve got your heart set on journalism, writing, or illustration, then the QMU Boardroom at 5:30pm on Wednesdays is the place to be.

What do you think about the Glasgow film scene?

Cinema-wise, Glasgow is the best in the country for sheer variety of choice. You’ve got the tallest cinema in the world with the Renfrew Street Cineworld, showing all the big releases. For world and independent cinema, there’s the GFT and CCA just down the road. There’s also the IMAX, by the river, with the biggest cinema screen in the country, and the Grosvenor just minutes away from the university. The city also hosts a wide array of festivals and events throughout the year, with upcoming festivals including the Glasgow Youth Film Festival, Scotland Loves Anime, and the QMU’s own Exposure Short Film Festival. Glasgow has also been the setting of films, such as The Legend of Barney Thompson and Perfect Sense, and has also provided stand-ins for Philadelphia in World War Z, San Francisco in Cloud Atlas; we even gained a visit from the Fast and Furious franchise in its sixth outing.

If you could interview any director or actor, who would it be?

Ridley Scott has been a mainstay of mainstream cinema for decades now, with a hand in every genre going (to varying degree of success, admittedly.) His career pretty much maps the path of popular Western film; all the way from his grounding science fiction work at the dawn of the blockbuster, through to recent revisiting of his prior successes amid today’s remake/sequel culture. Plus, he is a famous cynic of the industry, so likely wouldn’t sugar coat his observations.

[Image Credits: Aike Jansen]

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