James Nolen

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We interviewed our heroically hirsute film expert James Nolen and unearthed his penchant for punctuation and... Lupita (!) in our series of ACMI staff interviews.

How long have you worked at ACMI?
11ish years - 8 years in Film Programs, 3 years in Marketing and bits'n'bobs before that in admin/customer service/chimney sweeping.

In which team do you work?
Film Programs!

What are you working on this week?
I’m previewing a new crop of fashion documentaries for February, putting together a collection of dance films for kiddies and getting ready for our screening next Saturday in Australian Perspectives screening as part of the Outsider Art conference.

Which word or phrase do you most (over)use in your work?
I think it would have to be the exclamation mark!!! I’m sure I’ve used my lifetime quota several times over!!!

If you weren’t working at ACMI and you lived in a parallel universe, what is the job you would be doing?
At the moment it would have to be a concierge gift wrapping service.

Podcasts, music, radio or silence as the soundtrack to your commute to and from work?
I am so old school. I read The Age from cover to cover. On paper. In silence.

Have you spotted any celebrities at ACMI or in Federation Square?
Murder, She Wrote’s Angela Lansbury at Hollywood Costume! I’m normally terrible at spotting them. I’m well overdue for a check up!

What is the last television series you binged on?
Bob’s BurgersProject RunwayAmerica’s Next Top Model, US Dancing with the Stars and The Mindy Project… is that too many?!

Favourite line from a film?
"I've had two years to grow claws mother....JUNGLE RED!" Norma Shearer in The Women.

What was the last film you saw and what did you think of it?
Out of the Blue aka Buongiorno papà at the Italian Film Festival. Already forgotten it!

What are your Top 5 Desert Island Flicks?
This will probably change in about 5 mins time:
Three Colours Blue
Top Hat
Merci pour le Chocolat
Jane Austin’s Mafia!
Broken Embraces

What is your favourite music video?
Björk’s Bachelorette – so sublime!

Do you have a work uniform?
Am trying to bring a little sprezzatura to work each day. Not always succeeding!

In ACMI, The Movie which actor would play you?
Lupita Nyong’o.