Simon Bland

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Location
Manchester, United Kingdom
School
The University Of Central Lancashire, Manchester Metropolitan University
Expertise
Movies, TV, Pop Culture
  • Simon has been writing about movies, TV and pop culture for over a decade and has had work published in many popular, well-known publications, including The Guardian, The Independent, Little White Lies, Total Film, Yahoo Movies, Total Film, and more.
  • With extensive interview experience under his belt, Simon has spoken to a huge array of actors, directors, musicians, and pop-culture personalities, including Seth Rogen, Anjelica Huston, Danny DeVito, Simon Pegg, Jeff Bridges, and Demi Moore. He also reunited (most of) the cast of Community for a special 10-year retrospective, which was fun.
  • In addition to the above, Simon has also delivered guest lectures on writing and film journalism to a handful of universities across the UK.

Experience

Simon is a freelance entertainment journalist based in Manchester, UK. He's spent the better part of the last decade interviewing actors, directors, and pop-culture icons, and sharing those interviews with some of the most popular print and online publications going. He once asked Sofia Coppola what Bill Murray whispered to Scarlett Johansson at the end of "Lost in Translation" and got Greg Daniels to reveal the time he had to stop the writers on "The Office" from killing Michael Scott. He's reunited casts for in-depth oral histories and invited bona fide movie icons to reflect on their most beloved work in touching retrospectives. Always striving to improve his writing, Simon has worked with a number of different outlets in both the UK and the USA, and appeared as part of BAFTA's voting juries. He runs his own what's-on website in Manchester, and has even delivered guest lectures on the topics of film journalism to students at local universities, imparting whatever knowledge he has to the movie-loving hopefuls of tomorrow.

Education

Simon studied Film and Media at Manchester Metropolitan University before graduating with merit with a Master's Degree in Magazine Journalism at The University of Central Lancashire.
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