I told you the story of the birth of MostlyFilm back in 2011 as it was happening. The sudden, shocking demise of the Guardian talkboards: the rapid reassembling of the Film Unlimited community on a hastily set-up replacement board: the month of discussions on how to generate fodder for film discussion when we didn't have the Guardian to provide it any more: and, on April 4th 2011, the launch of a new blog called MostlyFilm.
I said at the time that I was "simultaneously honoured and terrified" to be the first person to post on the blog, with a comparative review of Alex Cox's films Repo Man and Repo Chick. Still, it all seemed to work out. Since that opening, I've written sixty-odd more articles for the site, and collaborated on a dozen or so more. Each time I've contributed to MostlyFilm, I've been sure to put some sort of accompanying piece over here as well - partly for additional background material, and partly as shameless cross-promotion.
For today's MostlyFilm 5th birthday post - a celebration of famous cinematic birthday parties called Non-Stop Party Action, in which I provide a few hundred words about the least fun party ever - I propose that the Red Button Bonus Content shouldn't be all about me, me, me. Because a whole team of people has worked on the blog over the last five years to make it what it is today. Let's celebrate them.
But the 28 people listed below have all contributed at least once to the blog over the last five years, and the link will allow you to read all of their posts. Where they've chosen to give biographical details in their profile, I've selectively quoted from them: where they haven't, I haven't. They've all written stuff well worth reading - take some time out to have a good browse.
- Blake Backlash - "lives in Glasgow. If you're ever up there, he's the one with moustache"
- Danni Glover - "queer as a three dollar bill and twice as cheap"
- Laura Morgan - "lives on the internet. She mostly likes Agatha Christie and trains"
- Emma Street - "an occasional watcher of films, reader of books and doer of things"
- Matthew Turner - "his favourite film is Vertigo and he hasn't missed an episode of EastEnders since 1998"
- Fiona Pleasance - "has loved movies for as long as she can remember. She teaches film history to aspiring filmmakers"
- Gareth Negus
- Ricky Young - "'A relentlessly aching fuckpart' : Alex Salmond MP"
- Ann Jones - "London-based artist and educator who somehow seldom gets time to actually make any work"
- Indy Datta - "Indy's opinions are not those of his employer, your mum, or Sir Van Morrison"
- Jim Eaton-Terry
- Lissy Lovett - "subtitles/captions/Stagetext, feminism/comedy editor/@thefworduk"
- Liz Nickels - "freelance editor and occasional writer who watches the odd bit of proper telly when not surrounded by gibbering children"
- MostlyFilm - "bringing you a new article about film (mostly) every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (mostly)"
- Niall Anderson
- Mr Moth - "known weaknesses: Strontium-232, electro-pop"
- Philip Concannon - "a freelance film writer who blogs at philonfilm.net and tweets as @Phil_on_Film"
- Viv Wilby
- Preposition Joe - "lives in Sydney"
- Ron Swanson - ""Ron Swanson" is a pseudonym"
- Sarah Slade - "middle-aged, middle-sized and reluctantly middle-class eLearning designer"
- Spank The Monkey - "talking nonsense about popular culture on the internet since 1998"
- Susan Patterson
- Josephine Grahl
- The Tramp
On a personal note, huge thanks to Blake, Laura, Gareth, Indy, Niall, Moth and Susan: all of them have worn the MostlyFilm Editorial Lederhosen at one time or another, doing a job that I simply wouldn't be capable of doing (so don't ask me). In addition, Jim, Kitty and Sweary Stan Carey have worked editorially on a couple of pieces of mine to make them presentable, so thanks to them too.
I think that together, we've pulled off something rather special over the last five years, and we should all be ridiculously proud of it. Here's to the next five, and beyond.