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Introducing “Lost Boy” Oliver Skinner

Introducing "Lost Boy" Oliver Skinner

I’ve always been pretty awful at these online profile self-analysis sort of things, but I’m super excited to be a part of this and so here’s my attempt to introduce myself as best I can.

Hi, my name is Oliver. When I was born, for the first day or so of my life, my head was oddly cone-shaped and my parents wondered if I had come from an alien planet. This theory has yet to be disproved. I currently live in one of the less-cool cities in the world named London: the one in Ontario, Canada. Right now I consider myself both imprisoned and sheltered by the public education system, in a sentence that is gradually reaching its end where I’ll soon be forced to face this much-talked-about “real world”, for better or for worse. I’m honestly not entirely sure yet what I want to do with my life… I guess my main goal is to get out of it alive, but I’m 17 and can already sense a quarter-life crisis around the bend that will probably send me on a telling-enough soul search. So there’s that.

I’ve attended the Toronto International Film Festival twice (the most recent time as an intern for Indiewire in one of the most amazing experiences of my life). I also had a moving film fest experience in the unlikely location of shorefront town Picton this summer, as a participant of Peter Knegt and Jennifer MacFarlane’s passion project Picton Picturefest. I admire film festivals in their ability to recreate a sort of heaven on earth… and sometimes, a hell (in a kind of hangoverish sensory overload sort of way).

It’d be difficult to pinpoint the moment in my life where I fell head-over-heels in love with the movies. Most signs do point though to the 1997 release of James Cameron’s Titanic… a film which for me contains enough nostalgia within it to sink a ship. If I were to envision myself as a cinematic figure I’d say I’m a cross between Antoine Doinel, Harmony Korine when he’s on David Letterman, and Ash from Fantastic Mr. Fox, though my teenage life could be very eerily paralleled in a Submarine (2010) and J’ai tué ma mère (2009) combo. But all comparisons aside, I really just adore movies and hopefully I will be able to release some of that love, among other things, via this blog.

So check back soon!

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Reading this sort of makes me sad, which is probably strange to you, and more than likely you'll take in in the wrong way. It's hard for me to explain, I've always been particularly lousy at trying to put my thoughts into words, but think about it like this: you remind me of the feelings I get sometimes when I think about where I'm going to go in life, the transition in which we have to survive on our own, and somehow getting lost along the way, and you feel hopeless and don't even know what to do. Maybe it's because of all the expectations, or by reading books or watching movies that tell us we are going to mess up ay some point or another. But the point of all this is that I don't think you should be worried about that. Maybe you think you aren't going to amount to much, but I just know that that's totally false and that you're a great person destined for great things.

Probably the weirdest comment you've ever recieved, but oh well, thought I should get it off my chest.


Your writing style is very interesting Ollie, and I agree with your views on soul searching and the school system. I think we're all due for a quarter life crisis, can't wait to read more. Do you have any other blogs?

Jeph Alexander

Not too sure what to expect from a cinephile whose inspiration comes from a Cameron pic… but looking forward to finding out. Good luck and have fun, Oliver.


you will soon be known as the really hot boy who loves movies, this is good <3


so proud of u babe :') u r perfection ~ i need u meow keep on bloggin xooxoxxxx


whoz that hottttttttttttie!? uh-MAZING!


I must say I respect this man and find him attractive and probably a fine artist with skills and stuff but mostly attractive

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