I saw in 2020 in the UK happily catching up with friends and family and then returned to Los Angeles on 7 January. As soon as I landed, I had a flood of commercial, film and TV auditions and had interest from the production offices on a TV show in Altanta and a Swedish, detective drama series. Sadly, neither of the jobs came through but it was a decent start to the year if not exhausting.

Thankfully, things calmed down a little with the build up to the Oscars and I managed to find the time to see all of the best picture nominated feature films plus many of the documentary and animation features and shorts.

Having edited my book, Surviving Hollywood, over Christmas, I spent January working with a designer on the layout and I’m hoping that the book will be ready to upload on to Amazon KDP and IngramSpark in February.

As most of the Oscar nominated films have been out for awhile now, my film recommendation this month is the unsentimental romantic comedy, Olympic Dreams, (Valentine’s Day release). Made under the new Olympic Committee’s, Artist in Residency Program, it is the first movie ever filmed on location during the Olympics in the Athletes’ Village and offers audiences a never seen before side of the games. Filmed with a 3 person crew, two of whom were also the actors in the film, it’s a remarkable achievement with wonderfully entertaining performances from Nick Kroll (Big Mouth, Comedy Bang! Bang!) and Alexi Pappas (Tracktown).