The films that influenced me: Louise Agostino

Film has always been part of my life. It is something I hold as entertainment, inspiration and has shaped my personality.

When I was a kid I used to read review books that were the size of encyclopedias. I had a diary where I wrote reviews and graded them. I loved Classic Cinema. This changed after studying film at Melbourne University. I discovered my love for the horror genre.

So here goes my list of the top 10 films that have influenced by life, and who I am as a person today.

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“Like a particularly lethargic sloth” The Lady in the Van review

THE LADY IN THE VAN (UK CERT 12A)

Director: Nicholas Hytner

Music: George Fenton

Starring: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent


Cinema has a long lasting love of people having their homes invaded by unwanted intruders, and not just because that’s how most directors view anyone who tries to tell them their opinion on filmmaking. It’s because there’s a lot of different directions one can take with the drama and excitement of home invasion. The horror of Wait Until Dark, the brutality of Straw Dogs, the silliness of Home Alone, the potential is quite large. And now throwing in its own interpretation of this theme is The Lady in the Van, based on the somewhat true story of Alan Bennett’s relationship with a transient woman who parked her van on his driveway. So, how does he and the audience respond? Continue reading