My Film Career

My goodness. They’ve been talking about me and boxing in last week’s Observer:

The film [Blue Blood] is effortlessly stolen by a cameo appearance from [Chris] Kavanagh’s philosophy tutor. ‘He asked if I could go and watch him get his face smashed in, but it was short notice and I was busy. Usually am,’ says Chris Brooke, who is also the author of the highly recommended blog Virtual Stoa.

‘Everyone who watches the film thinks he’s absolutely hilarious,’ says Kavanagh, ‘and the sort of person you only really find at Oxford. He’s from this incredibly aristocratic family yet is a socialist. He just wanders around being Chris Brooke. He’s a legend.’

And one who has now been immortalised in, of all things, a boxing movie which, thanks to Riley’s direction and the charm and passion of the contestants, is that rarity – a film set among a privileged elite that does not grate but inspires.

I’m glad I’m keeping people entertained.

There’s a fine moment in the film when I say something incomprehensible, and the camera cuts away to a shot of Chris K rolling his eyes. He can’t have been rolling his eyes at that particular comment, as there was only one camera in the room, but it’s nicely done.

[Thanks to dsquared in comments below for the tip-off.]

0 thoughts on “My Film Career”

  1. Sadly, none of the reviews seems to mention you. There was a brief flicker of excitement when I found a reference to “Chris, a gauche yet charming young man with a winning smile and slight frame”, but that turned out to be someone else.

  2. I glanced at the poster a few days ago and was interested because I thought it was about the Town/Gown boxing tournaments, which would be excellent film fodder. Now I know that it’s just about Oxbridge students the only reason I want to see it—even though I’ve been to two out of the last three Varsity boxing matches—is that you’re in it, Chris.

  3. There’s a bit of Town/Gown fighting. I think Chris Kavanagh, for example, gets beaten up by a townie in a bout at the Union.

    (Are we still allowed to call them that?)

  4. “Pure class”.

    I’m looking forward to seeing the film and nudging whoever I go with at the appropriate moment and impressing them with “I read that guy’s blog!”.

  5. I’m with Marc. “He just wanders around being Chris Brooke.” That can’t be repeated too many times.

  6. P.S. I thought that particular comment rather persuasive, actually, and I’ve been defending it against the film’s audiences, whose response tends to be along the lines of what’s portrayed.

  7. Thanks to cunning exploitation of industry contacts, I managed to get hold of an advance DVD of the film.

    I’ve already watched it on fast-forward to catch Chris’s bits (two, I think, unless I missed anything), but I’ll try to watch the whole thing as soon as I can.

    Chris is indeed hilarious, but you knew that already.

  8. “…wanders around being Chris Brooke” – now elevated to an art form.

    I guess I’ll have to wait for this to show up on Netflix.

  9. “He’s from this incredibly aristocratic family yet is a socialist.”

    Nothing particularly unusual in that – Tony Benn, anybody?

    Bloody great that you can get attention just by wandering around, though, son. Normally you have to be either Paris Hilton or a Big Brother contestant to do that – no-one in the media seems that interested in academics unless they say something particularly reactionary or racist!

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