Get your showbiz fix with Jane Crowther, the recently-appointed Editor of Total Film, and find out all about what it’s like gossiping with Winona Ryder and walking the red carpet with George Clooney.
How did you become an Editor?
A combination of luck and tenacity. I fought hard to get into film journalism (and stay in it!) and then worked all hours to make editor at Total Film. I’m very aware that there’s few film titles around so I do feel lucky to work on one, let alone edit one of them.
Favourite magazine growing up?
Just 17. I did work experience with them when I was fourteen and was looked after by a then 18 year old Jane Goldman in a bustling, crazy office on Carnaby Street. There was nothing else I wanted to do after that.
In journalism it was on Flicks, the free mag available in Odeon cinemas. It was a great training ground because it was a small team and we had real editorial freedom, we could experiment with content.
Your most interesting interview?
I’ve interviewed loads of big stars but you rarely get to know them within the conveyor belt of a junket. But gossiping with Winona Ryder at the Chateau Marmont had me starstruck, and Michelle Rodriguez was great. I spent the day with her during a shoot in LA and she was a real laugh and ended up driving me back to my hotel. No airs and graces – the chick in Avatar is as cool in real life.
Gossiping with Winona Ryder at the Chateau Marmont had me starstruck
What’s your career highlight?
On a professional note, becoming Editor of Total Film. Cheesy I know, but feels like a Jim’ll Fix It moment. On a giddy note, probably attending the BAFTAs and walking the red carpet next to George Clooney!
What advice would you give to aspiring Editors?
It’s all about getting the right team around you. And then mucking in! No Devil Wears Prada moments.
What makes your magazine unique?
Total Film is a plucky underdog that can be relied on for unbiased, informed reviews plus witty and innovative features. And our website and social media is way ahead of the competition. We involve our readers in a conversation, we don’t talk at them.
Most innovative thing you and the team have come up with?
We recently produced an interactive issue with Blippar that made the pages come ‘alive’ with video, audio, extra content and links to relevant sites. I’ve never had so many other Editors comment on an issue!