I'm a copywriter and freelance writer living in Melbourne.
My novel, Another New York Murder, is available online.
Published July 26th 2013
The only shop a true cineaste needs
When I dream it's often in deep focus black and white, or three strip Technicolour. Sometimes my dreams have subtitles and there may even be long periods of silence on a beach or jump cuts. I am a cineaste and the great images of cinema dominate my thoughts.
I am also a collector. Stacked together, my DVD collection would dwarf the world's tallest buildings; if packed in boxes would sink the ocean's grandest ships. The bulk of this booty has come from one place - Cinemascope in Bay Street Brighton, directly opposite the Brighton Bay cinema. Every night before I close my eyes and wait for my Lumiere inspired dreams, I thank God that such a place exists.
Some of the booty from Cinemascope
Every time I step inside Cinemascope, I feel what it must have been like to live in a simpler time when we went to our special shop for a treat, when we held the treat in our hand for the comfort it gave us. Leaving Cinemascope with the copy of Chinatown or Vertigo you've just bought wrapped lovingly in the brown paper packaging, feel free to grip it tightly and know that feeling of love that can only come from something that could be considered a treat.
How could you not go inside?
The movies are not arranged alphabetically but rather by genre and director so you can peruse the career of Woody Allen, David Lynch, Jean-Luc Godard or Billy Wilder. The greats of cinema here are allocated pride of place on their own shelf. If there is a gap in a career or genre or you desire to watch the 61 films of Alfred Hitchcock in chronological order, just ask and the good people at Cinemascope can get it in for you.
[ADVERT]Cinemascope also sell used DVDs and Blu-rays and will accept yours for a store credit, but be warned, they won't accept just anything. Taking your pre-loved movies to Cinemascope in the hope of a store credit, make sure you're prepared to have your taste in cinema thoroughly audited because, like what's on the shelf, the selections will be discerning to say the least. Don't expect your love of Police Academy or Deuce Bigelow to be shared.
There is also an extensive collection of new and used books, cds, posters and other curios, all to do with film of course. Biographies, history books, you name it, if there's a film book you're after, it will be here or Cinemascope will be able to get it in for you.
Come to cinemascope often enough and soon you can play the ultimate cineaste's game, Astor bingo. It's easy, just get the Astor calendar and mark off all the films you have bought from Cinemascope.
God bless you Cinemascope!
Cinemascope is located at 291 Bay Street Brighton (directly opposite the Brighton Bay Cinema) and online.