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As movie boffins go, Matthew Harrison is the “Emmett Brown” of the hit trilogy “Back to the Future”. Harrison has watched the time-travelling antics of Marty McFly and Doc almost 1,300 times. The 27-year-old film student from Portsmouth, England, spent so much time viewing the three movies it adds up to an whopping 102 days sat down in front of a screen to watch them. His favourite movie of the trilogy is the second film “Back to the Future Part II”, having viewed it a staggering 600 times. “I’m not at all bored, every time I watch it I see it from a different perspective,” Harrison told Metro.
– My two older brothers first showed me the film when I was a lot younger, along with a lot of other classic 80s cinema like “The Goonies”, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” and so on. My love for the film started there and snowballed.
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But why do you love it, so much so that it merits over a 1,000 views?
– “Back to the Future” has a little something for everyone, something I feel that’s lacking in today’s filmmaking. It has elements of drama, comedy, romance, sci-fi – no matter who you are, there’s something for you.
What’s your favorite movie out of the trilogy?
– “Back to the Future Part II”. I like the futuristic aspect and the ideas the filmmakers had of what the future would be like, with all these out-there technological concepts and inventions.
Are you not bored of watching the movie so many times?
Not at all, every time I watch it I see it from a different perspective. Whether I'm watching it as a fan or watching from the aspect of a filmmaker. There’s always something new I discover about the films.
You have a tattoo of Marty McFly, right?
– I have all sorts of tattoos, from film, TV to music. They're a culmination of all the things I love or have had an impact in my life and a “Back to the Future” one was just an obvious choice.
You’re a TV and film production student. What do your university professors say about the film?
– My lecturers love the passion I have for films and filmmaking. One of our most recent projects was to recreate a scene from a film of our choice, to see if we could recreate the technical aspects. We chose “Back to the Future” and we filmed it as a shot-for-shot remake and even had the 25th Anniversary DeLorean from the movie. We got the highest grade in the class.
What other benefits does watching the trilogy give, if any?
– Watching “Back to the Future” and being so involved with it has given me a lot of opportunities. I help run a group called The Hill Valley Preservation Society, the group consisting of fans from all around the UK who get together to raise money for The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. We have a “Back to the Future” prop and costume display that we take to events up and down the country including museums, comic-cons, film screenings and more. We have props that were made for the film itself, replicas, reproductions and vintage items from the 50s & 80s. Its a really positive thing to be able to raise money for the charity and help fight such a devastating disease.
What will you do in the future related to the film?
– We're holding an event in London in October. We're recreating the ‘Enchantment Under The Sea’ Dance from the first film and we're having live bands/DJs and movie-themed cocktails. The DeLorean will be there and many other surprises, all to raise money for The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.