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Left Of The Mainstream: From DIY Film-maker To Public Service Broadcaster Paperback – 13 May 2016

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  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (13 May 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 153084620X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1530846207
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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About the Author

As a broadcaster, writer and film-maker, Douglas has worked extensively for the BBC, Channel 4 and BAFTA specialising in the genres of music and film but also including sport and entertainment. His filmic work has been screened at the BFI and internationally. From Edinburgh, Douglas currently lives in London. This is his second book.

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Douglas Anderson's deft and authentic thumb to the avaricious eye of modern showbiz is a whip-cracking and joyous read. For anyone looking for an inspirational manual on how to build and sustain a 20 year career in the arts, resisting the temptations of easy money and instant celebrity this is a must read. Equally, for anyone just looking for a charmingly entertaining, eloquently written book with a bit of celeb tittle tattle and a whole lot of great cultural references, you should definitely check this out. At last a book that brings together Archibald Leitch, Jean-Paul Sartre, The Beta Band and Bob Monkhouse - I thought this day would never come!
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Douglas Anderson has many passions in his life, including music, film and Hibernian Football Club.

This book is an excellent tribute to how he has been able to mix his passions with his working life, while also displaying a willingness to indulge his creative side as and when he feels the need or has an idea.

Whether it's playing the manager of a band he adores in Belle and Sebastian, enjoying extended interviews with Hollywood stars through a different question set or creating the greatest TV series never to be commissioned, Douglas tells the story of his life outside of the mainstream with a charm and wit that is evident in his work and as a person.

Now, can anyone please commission "Cathedral for the Masses"?
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Erudite, insightful, witty? No, me neither. Fortunately, Douglas Anderson is and he enlightens us in this sublime book with vignettes of his career thus far, ranging from the highs of multi-faceted creativity and genuine A-list celebrity shoulder-rubbing, to the lows of supporting Hibernian Football Club and severe allergic reactions to bus travel and/or London. Never one to take the road well-travelled when there are more interesting back alleys to be explored, Mr Anderson takes us on a cultural safari containing personal favourites of mine including Joseph Heller, Beck, Edward Norton, the Silver Apples and the Face (from the A-Team) action figure. I highly recommend you purchase this book.
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An inspiring entertaining read.
Gives an honest insight into the world of broadcasting/film making with some great stories and anecdotes along the way, it shows how you can stick to your principles and make a career.
Some excellent recommendations for film/tv/movies along the way and the idea for a Football stadium show must be a series waiting to happen.
Now I must go and re-watch Columbo and give Bob Lind a listen.
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Anderson's book is a trawl through the memories of a 20 year career in film making, broadcasting, writing and being the most well turned out man on the peripheries of show business.
Part fact, part fiction, his stories are not just warm and incredibly funny, but quite inspirational to anyone trying to carve out their own career in the fields Anderson has thrived in.
Best of all is that it's so compelling you'll have read it in a day, then you can circle the funniest bits and put it in the lavatory for those special occasions. I can bestow no greater honour on it than that.
Three thumbs up!

By Adam Devlin.
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Douglas' writing is fascinating and enjoyable. Reading about the author's projects can only inspire you yourself to get off your arse and create that project you've always wanted to do, no matter how big or small. It's great reading about the tales of Douglas' own journey along the way as a broadcaster, filmmaker and writer. It also had me laughing out loud in places, which can only be a good thing. Absolutely loved his recommendations for good music towards the end of the book too. Wonderful. I've already recommended it to friends and I'm now recommending it to YOU. Buy it. A great read.
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This book is a greatly enjoyable amble through the memories of Mr Andersons varied career. There's an eccentric charm about the random directions it takes though the whole book is held together by the accomplished polish of the writing. Its well worth spending your filthy ill-gotten lucre on and settling down to a gentle witty romp through the verdant labyrinth that is Andersons mind. And there's no smut in it either, though don't let that put you off, there's plenty of that to be had elsewhere.
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