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Merry Christmas and welcome to the second issue of The Spread. As you can see things are getting a bit festive over here. Our team of reporters and writers have been decking the halls and findings partridges in all sorts of pear trees.

So it is with much seasonal cheer that I present to you our Festive issue! In this special we have interviews with not one, two, or three but four talented filmmakers from around the globe. They have created a splendid selection of Holiday-season short films which I had the pleasure of picking for your consumption.

Preparing for Christmas overindulgence? Well maybe it isn’t as bad as they make out: Yolanda Barker talks Cereal Killers; a film that sets to debunk the myths of diets. Then much like the ghost of Christmas Future, let A D Cooper guide you through the perils and pitfalls of movie-making so you can avoid a fate worse than death: Post-production Hell!

Newest writer Matthew Watson gives us a rundown of perfectly pitched musicals that will set your ears ablaze this Winter – from the classics to the modern contenders, I dare you not to tap your feet or hum a tune.

Then Horatiu Damian reviews a non-existant movie(!); I’m not Famous, but I’m Aromanian.

Marija Makeska also explores the world of UFOs with the director of Good Planets are Hard to Find. Then still to come…Lynn Klein gives us the best films to watch on a winter’s night, followed by coverage of films from Estonia’s Black Night Film Festival courtesy of our correspondent Merli Antsmaa.

Plus we have our usual pick of movie reviews and a jolly ol’ snapshot from Santa Con from photographer Adam Dale.

Let me take this opportunity to wish our readers all the best for the Holidays and a very Happy New Year.

Thank you for the support you’ve shown The Spread in its debut and we hope to continue your readership into 2014.

Season’s greetings,

Christabel Samuel

Editor-in-Chief

Santa Con 2013 Tate Modern

Photograph by Adam Dale. Santa Con, 2012. Outside Tate Modern.

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Christabel Samuel is a writer, director and editor. Having graduated from University College London with a BA in English Literature and an MA in Film Studies she is now a self-taught filmmaker, writer and perpetual learner. She won funding in 2011 for Lust in Translation and has gone on to judge at the London Film Festival, been appointed Head of Film for The Book Magazine and is currently editor-in-chief for The Spread.

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Posted on Dec 4, 2013

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