I never knew that! With Kettle Film Editor Emily Murray

At Kettle Mag the editors remain hidden away in Kettle towers occupying themselves with ideas, proofing, tweeting, and keeping their ears tuned to the latest news. But what do we know about these creatures? Here at frivolity over the coming weeks we intend to find out. On the red carpet  and in the spotlight this week, Film Editor Emily Murray reveals all.

My parents don’t know this about me but…

Answering this honestly will just get me into trouble…

What is your favourite word that rhymes with Kettle?

Settle. When I am stressed I put on Disclosure’s debut album, named Settle, and just dance around. It chills me out instantly and hence the word has good connotations for me.

How long after you wake up do you check your phone?

My phone is my alarm so when I wake up I have to look at it to switch it off. Breakfast time is also great for checking the news headlines and replying to people’s texts.

Stranded on a desert island you wouldn’t be without…

This may be a silly answer to some but I think if I was stranded on a desert I would just want my teddy bear. What use is my film collection or anything electrical going to be without power, so I would just want something to remind me of home and what better than your favourite teddy bear. In my case that would be Lady and Tramp, as in from the Disney film, which were given to me for my third birthday and I was inseparable from as a child. When moving house they of course had to come with me for that reminder of my family, childhood and home. I think that will be quite comforting whilst waiting to be saved.

What is the most revolting food you’ve ever eaten?

As a lifelong vegetarian I have not eaten much revolting food, if any at all, because there was no chance I was going to try snails for instance! So for me it has to be mushrooms. I cannot stand the slimy vegetables which just remind me of slugs and make me want to throw up.

Which film would you most like to have been in and why?

Sorry Emma Watson but I would have been a better Hermione Granger. I really identified with the character whilst reading the books and it would have been so inspiring to be a part of such a fantastic and defining series of books and films.

Which film have you watched most often?

This is a hard question to answer as I think that there are many films I have watched numerous times for different reasons. However, I will select my favourite film of all-time, Christopher Nolan’s masterful The Dark Knight. This is the film that blew me away and helped me realise the power of cinema, starting me on this wonderful journey to where I am now. Every time I watch it I am reminded of when I first fell in love with cinema.

If you couldn’t edit the Film section for Kettle, which section would you choose?

This is a difficult question but it would have to be music. I love nothing more than going to gigs and finding the best new artists on the scene, and I feel that I would have some rewarding ideas for the section. Lorna does a great job though and I love writing for her.

Which friend that you met at uni is likely to be at your 60th birthday party?

This is a hard question but I think it would have to be my friend Sarah who I met on my first week by talking to her in a corridor outside of class. Being on the same course we spent three years together and it was wonderful celebrating graduation with such a great friend. We bonded over our love of Benedict Cumberbatch and cake and I am sure she will be baking me my 60th birthday cake.

Emily Murray

Wine or beer?

One thing I feel I will never understand is beer. It smells bad, tastes bad and just makes me feel as bloated as a helium balloon. So wine will have to be my choice, preferably a Pinot Grigio or White Zinfandel. My dad says I am not mature enjoy to enjoy the taste of red wine yet. Sadly he is right.

Cat or dog?

The only pet I was only allowed as a child was a hamster called Fudge, who I adored by the way. But I have always had an affinity for cats and really get on with them for some reason. I do love dogs too but I feel that a cat would better suit my busy lifestyle.

Football or rugby?

Can I choose neither? Football and rugby has never really done it for me, though I enjoy watching the odd game of both and of course get patriotic at the World Cup and Six Nations. Rugby players meanwhile though… they do do it for me!

Android or iphone?

I have owned both and it is no competition, the iPhone is the clear winner. It has everything I need on it and is so easy to use it is unreal. Thank you Steve Jobs!

Apart from writing, what other creative talents do you have?

Writing has always been the thing that defines me creatively, however I used to play clarinet and other instruments and I am sure it would not be too hard for me to pick them up again. I was never the best but did enjoy playing and composing music. I always had a knack with a pencil when it came to drawing too, and when I need to chill out I will get out my pad and just sketch, often comic book characters because I just love Marvel and DC.

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If you were a punctuation mark, what would you be?

An ellipsis because I would like to think that I keep a part of me a mystery…

What is your most unappealing habit?

My mum and dad are ALWAYS going on at me for picking at my nails when I am stressed. I still do it today, but only when they are not looking!

What would you like to be remembered for?

Not sure how to answer this really. My aim in life is to be a good person and try my best at everything I apply my time too. I suppose I would like to be remembered for that rather than any particular great achievement I may gain.

Have you ever volunteered for anything?

My problem is I volunteer for EVERYTHING and it often gets too much. However, I love volunteering for film festivals and working the Leeds International Film Festival was perhaps the best thing I did during my time at Leeds. I met some amazing people, watched fantastic films and became part of a wonderful community. My message for you people is get involved.

Who so far, family or otherwise has influenced you in your life?

Two people have influenced me most in life; my dad and Mark Kermode. My dad will always be my biggest inspiration having faced challenges but always overcoming them with a smile and good energy. Mark Kermode influences me in my aim to be a film critic. When I first got into film I listened to his 5Live show with Simon Mayo and said to myself ‘I want his job’. And since then I have been working my ass off trying to achieve that dream. Watch out Kermode.

Emily Murray

Which emoji do you use most frequently?

Tricky question as it depends who the person is. I send out a lot of virtual love to my friends online though so it will have to be the purple heart, the best kind of heart emoji there is.

What was the last song you listened to on your ipod/phone?

Hourglass by Disclosure. Currently in love with their new material and this song has the most catchy beat and rhythm.

What was the last thing you googled?

‘Steve Jobs’. I saw the trailer for Danny Boyle’s biopic of the computer genius the other day and wanted to know more about the man himself. And oh my, did he have a remarkable life. I am now more excited to see the film/

What is your most over used word or expression?

When listening back to radio broadcasts I have been on I realised I say ‘like’ why too often. I am not too sure why, but man this has to stop!

What keeps you awake at night?

The fear that I will not get up in time for work or university the next morning. I am awful at getting out of bed and before I go to sleep I stress that my alarm is not set or will not work in the morning. Boring I know but I am sure, from watching Monsters Inc, the monsters in the wardrobe are friendly creatures.