2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, dir. Stanley Kubrick) “I think that 2001, like music, succeeds in short-circuiting the rigid surface cultural blocks that shackle our consciousness to narrowly limited areas of experience and is able to cut directly through to areas of emotional comprehension. In two hours and twenty minutes of film there are only forty minutes of dialogue.
The Witches by Roald Dahl. Roald Dahl played a major part in my childhood, and The Witches was one of my favourites by him. It scared me, and I appreciated having a children's book that didn't flinch from fear!