I wasn't exposed to cinema at a young age. Our nearest movie theatre was an hour bus journey away, played mostly blockbusters and was a place you went to with a group of friends. However I have some memorable experiences of being captivated by the images and sound at some generic multiplex in a retail park in Gloucestershire.
Eventually after my Dad gave me a second hand black and white television I started to immerse myself in late night films on Channel 4, such as Rosemary's Baby, Delicatessen, neon soaks films from Hong Kong and weird stop motion animations from Germany. I would spend the money I earned working at a local Co-op on VHS's such as Taxi Driver, Fallen Angels, The Godfather and Pulp Fiction. I can remember, being the odd child I was (still am) imagining my eye as a video camera, capturing the mundane actions of my life at school, attempting to narrate some story that made the day more exciting like something out of a film. Films were in a very real sense my escape, as like many teenagers real life was not a place I wanted to be.
Not long after my Dad loaned/gave me his old Nikon SLR, much to the disappointment of my art teachers, I abandoned all plans to go to art school and used still photography as my way of learning about visual stories and I quickly became obsessed with the idea of being a cinematographer.