Family connections to cinema (Mick Corfield)

Mick Corfield interviewed by Richard Wallace

Projectionist and BECTU representative Mick Corfield describes his appointment as a cinema projectionists and finding out that his father used to be a projectionist as well.

I’d wasted my childhood at school and couldn’t be bothered and then ended up working in a factory, and decided that there were two great loves in my life. One was cinema and one was football. So therefore I got a job as a steward at West Bromwich Albion and a job in a cinema. Now, it was really strange, because my Mum had no inclination that I was interested in the cinema at all, and then when I’d got the job at the local cinema as a projectionist I went and told Mum ‘cause I was quite thrilled and Mum burst into tears and I said, “What’s the matter, Mum, it’s a steady job, it’s a...,” you know, “It’s a job, it’s something I was looking forward to doing.” And Mum said, “Well you didn’t know, but your father was a projectionist and that’s how I met him ‘cause I was an usherette.” And I hadn’t had any idea of, of this, you see. So there’s often when you talk to people, people’ll say, “Oh it’s in my blood.” Well clearly it was in my blood but obviously I wasn’t aware of it. So that’s how I got into cinema, just ‘cause I wanted something different, something for a change.

Title

Family connections to cinema (Mick Corfield)

Subject

career progression
family

Description

Projectionist and BECTU representative Mick Corfield describes his appointment as a cinema projectionists and finding out that his father used to be a projectionist as well.

Creator

The Projection Project

Source

Interview with Mick Corfield

Publisher

The University of Warwick

Date

08/12/2015

Contributor

Richard Wallace
Mick Corfield

Relation

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/6934

Format

.mp3

Language

English

Type

Sound recording
interview extract

Coverage

1989

Interviewer

Richard Wallace

Interviewee

Mick Corfield

Date of Interview

03/08/2015

Location

Coventry

Transcription

I’d wasted my childhood at school and couldn’t be bothered and then ended up working in a factory, and decided that there were two great loves in my life. One was cinema and one was football. So therefore I got a job as a steward at West Bromwich Albion and a job in a cinema. Now, it was really strange, because my Mum had no inclination that I was interested in the cinema at all, and then when I’d got the job at the local cinema as a projectionist I went and told Mum ‘cause I was quite thrilled and Mum burst into tears and I said, “What’s the matter, Mum, it’s a steady job, it’s a...,” you know, “It’s a job, it’s something I was looking forward to doing.” And Mum said, “Well you didn’t know, but your father was a projectionist and that’s how I met him ‘cause I was an usherette.” And I hadn’t had any idea of, of this, you see. So there’s often when you talk to people, people’ll say, “Oh it’s in my blood.” Well clearly it was in my blood but obviously I wasn’t aware of it. So that’s how I got into cinema, just ‘cause I wanted something different, something for a change.

Original Format

One-to-one interview

Duration

00:01:01

Bit Rate/Frequency

320kbps

Cinema

Reel Cinema, 12 Hagley Road West, Birmingham

Citation

The Projection Project, “Family connections to cinema (Mick Corfield),” Projection Project, accessed December 7, 2019, https://projectionproject.warwick.ac.uk/items/show/411.

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