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Admit One: My Life in Film

3.04  ·  Rating Details ·  358 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews

First set in Croydon, South London, in the 1980s, Admit One details how Emmett James escaped the pains of adolescence by going to the cinema. With wry, self-deprecating humor and observation, the author reflects on, obsesses over, and rages about film and its correlation to our pasts. The author finds that his true calling is in transiting one side of the screen to the oth

Paperback, 220 pages
Published December 30th 2007 by Wheatmark
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Mar 06, 2010 Carole rated it really liked it
When Emmett James was growing up in the 70's and 80's the weekly family outing to the local cinema was his escape from the grimy streets of Croydon, South London into another world.

At the beginning of each nice and short chapter a different film is mentioned and he describes how the flickering images on the big screen affected his growing up.

Career plans and life-altering directions throughout my childhood years were consistently dictated by the cinema and my favourite film at the time. I went f
Kathrin Stacked'n'Painted
In his memoir Admit One: My Life in Film, Emmett James takes us on a trip down his memory lane to show us events related to famous movies. When he was a child going to the movies was an event. His parents would take him and his brother to the nearby town. This involved a one hour bus ride and it was something he looked forward to every time. Later on, he would go with his friends and they discussed the movies both before and after seeing them.

Emmett James, while being an actor, is not particular
Jul 16, 2014 Kaethe rated it it was amazing
I love movies. I have always loved movies. When I wanted to be an actor, I wanted to act in movies. Emmett James felt exactly the same way, and unlike me, he made it. Not "made it big", just "made it". Along the way he talks about some of his favorite movies and some key moments in his life and he's funny; he tells his anecdotes very well, and there's no ego. And although there's a tremendous amount he never shares with the reader, one thing comes through so clearly: he loves this. It doesn't ma ...more
Mar 26, 2011 Sally rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: jessica shook
While I'm a sucker for a well written memoir, I'm also a movie fanatic, so this book was golden for me: a man telling his life as it parallelled with the major movies in his lifetime. Some he actually worked on and others that either affected his life or seemed to parrot it.

Very entertaining and well done. Reader beware, however, of a few odd and racey (albeit hilariously awkward) parts where he talks about some "off-color" movies he was in and there's also an amazingly creepy chapter. Even wit
Dec 28, 2016 Mary rated it it was ok
This free Kindle book appeared to be one man's look back and review of movies that were big influences from his childhood. (Each chapter was named for a different film and I had seen almost all of them.) Instead, the movies were more of a backdrop for his adventures and hijinks. I ended up skimming a good bit of the book but did read the portion about "Titanic" which was interesting as he became an actor and actually had a part in the movie.
Aug 13, 2016 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-copy
I received this book for free from the publisher. All content and opinions are my own.

The first question I have when I encounter a memoir is why did this person feel compelled to write about his life? Did he do something particularly amazing with his life? Did he overcome some great obstacle? Did he play a part in a major historical event? Did he at least marry an important person? Did he live in a third-world country? In this particular case, none of the above seem to apply. Emmett James recoun
E.B. Loan
Mar 10, 2011 E.B. Loan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Admit One? First, I have to admit this...
I'm a buffoon. I read the first eleven (that's right I said eleven) chapters of Emmett James's book
Admit One: My Life in Film before I caught on to fact that the author is actually an actor (hence, the title). I got it right about the time he finished hunting down a well known director that was filming in England and headed off to America to make his way in life via the craft of actor.
Yep, I will repeat, I am a buffoon.
Up until that light bulb went off,
Trupti Dorge
Feb 27, 2010 Trupti Dorge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, non-fiction
Admit One was an unusual book. It is a journey in film but it’s certainly unlike anything I expected. It starts with his childhood experiences while watching the movies with his family. The theater outings start with The Jungle Book, Grease, Sindbad and other movies. We learn about this family and the place where he lived. And although he has nothing but bad things to say about his mom and brother, I enjoyed this section. He has a funny and sarcastic way of saying things.

What I enjoyed most was
Sep 04, 2008 Carey rated it really liked it
Emmett James has been in love with movies his whole life. He grew up in a nondescript London suburb where, to him, things seemed very ordinary, even boring. He can remember his first movie at the age of about three, Walt Disney's The Jungle Book, which he largely slept through. The beginning and the end are clear, though, and he liked what he saw. Now, how to stay awake? The answer? Every child's best friend...SUGAR, of course!

In this funny and upbeat memoir Mr. James takes us on a "This is your
Mar 01, 2012 Florinda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While books transport and fire the imagination for some of us, movies can do the same for others (and some of us are just as affected by both). Emmett James is far from the first to dream of becoming part of the world of the movies that inspired him, but he is one of the relatively small number of those who have made it a reality, and his story is pretty entertaining in itself. Each chapter of James' memoir opens with a capsule description of a film that somehow relates to the chapter that follo ...more
Jun 03, 2008 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Admit One: A Journey into Film is Emmett James's story about his childhood and his love of movies. What I really loved about this book was Mr. James's un-censored take on movies, growing up into adult hood, his feels towards a certain actor and life in general. Admit One: A Journey into Film had me laughing at the good times and there were plenty. Like the time when Emmett just knew he was destined to be the next greatest superhero sidekick, or the time he tried to cop a feel with Joanne Hardy, ...more
Apr 05, 2010 April rated it really liked it
"Admit One: My Life in Film" is the amusing memoir of actor Emmett James. Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s in Croyden, England, Emmett soon discovered that the cinema made for a great escape from his mundane childhood. Using a memorable movie as the theme for each chapter, he writes his story starting with his first ever movie experience and moving through his childhood to adulthood when he tried to break into the movie business.

While I found his childhood interesting and was glad he included th
Dec 13, 2008 Alea rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-review
To me my love and books and movies were always separate. There weren't many movies about books nor books about movies. When I heard about Emmett James's book, Admit One: A Journey into Film I knew the gap had been bridged. I knew I had to read it.

Emmett's memoir starts with his early memories of visiting the cinema with his family. He doesn't remember much of the movie (he falls asleep) but remembers the affect it has on his brother. Each chapter is framed by a different movie and gives a littl
Darcy Odden
Jan 31, 2010 Darcy Odden rated it really liked it
In this entertaining memoir, British actor Emmett James recounts his cinematic memories from childhood to his stint on television's "Redemption High." James begins each chapter with a film linked to his past, starting with "The Jungle Book," his first cinematic adventure, to "Batman Forever," "It's a Wonderful Life," and others. His shortest chapter is "Green Card," where he says "Life imitates art. Enough said."

From his earliest memories growing up in South London, James is drawn to movies and
Apr 08, 2010 Alexia561 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was not what I was expecting. For some reason, I thought it would be a gossipy book about Hollywood stars. Instead, it was much, much better! It's an amusing trip down memory lane as James recounts how weekly trips to the cinema shaped his entire life,eventually leading him to Hollywood.

There is a little Hollywood gossip, but nothing mean or unbecoming. Kate Winslet, Frances Fisher and James Cameron (who he met during his stint filming Titanic) all sound like lovely people. And the ac
Feb 23, 2010 Lauri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Admit One: My Life in Film
Author:: Emmett James
Publisher: FizzyPop LCC
ISBN: 978-0-9842581-0-9

Growing up in Croyden, South London in the 1980's, Emmett James fell in love with the cinema. Realizing that his life experiences were coloring his views and outlooks on the films he was seeing, he become obsessed with films. As he gets older, Emmett decides that the natural progression of his life is to be a part of actual movie making. He then travels to America to become an actor. From there, the read
Aug 29, 2011 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Admit One: My Life in Film was a pretty neat story. The author was a cast member in the movie Titanic. This is a story about his life… in film. He starts out talking about his childhood and the movies that he and his family saw at the theatre in town. The films always had some type of impact on his life and basically lead him to the life of an actor. There are some really funny stories about the films and shows that he was a part of, no matter how small the role. There is a quote about Aristotle ...more
Apr 04, 2011 Kristen rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
this was a free kindle download. i generally love memoirs and i like movies as much as the next person so i thought this would be an interesting read.

i probably could have done w/out the first half of the book. the idea of each chapter being 'named' for a movie was very clever but the stories were not really "about" the movie or only very loosey based around this subject.

i think a lot of the stories had the potential to be funny but fell flat. some writers are just laugh out loud funny and the
Feb 20, 2011 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
What a fun book. This guy is categorizing his life to the movies of his childhood and on up. We've made it through The Jungle Book, Star Wars, Grease and The Wizard of Oz so far LOL. Quite funny!

after I finished...

Arguably one of the best books I've read! Written in a fast paced style that kept me entertained and intrigued, all the while trying to figure out just who Emmett James was. At the first mention of Titanic, I thought I'd figured it out and I was right. He was "that" one. The extra t
Mar 08, 2010 Teddy rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
This is the memoir of the actor, Emmett James. As a young boy, growing up in a lower class London neighbourhood he recalled his earliest experiences with the cinema. He use to go with his mother and older brother. He usually fell asleep but mange to wake up for the best parts. He enjoyed these family outings, in fact, they are his fondest memories from his childhood. He really liked to observe how his mother and brother watched movies.

The chapters each start with a film that James had seen but t
Mar 13, 2011 Judy rated it liked it
Emmett James fell in love with the cinema as a child and in this memoir he uses the films that inspired him as a framework for a wry look at his life. James grew up in the Croydon area of South London where he and his family were regular patrons of the local movie house. James studied acting in London and then moved to Hollywood where he hoped to realize his dream of becoming a film actor. Along the way he is cast as an extra for $40 a day numerous times, ends up in a soft porn film, crashes an ...more
Debby Tjong A Hung
This was a loaner book I rec'd from someone anonymous. I really liked the way the book began, the first few chapters Emmett (the author) had a great way of explaining how his love for movies and movie going began (each chapter also had the name of a movie as well). As the book continued I sort of missed that, Emmett would only tell us more about his life and less about the movie the chapter was about.
I did also enjoy a sort of behind the scenes look the author gave us into "Hollywood" life and
Jules Q
Dec 18, 2013 Jules Q rated it it was ok
My initial impression was that Admit One: My Life in Film would be a collection of stories about films that influenced the author’s life or, perhaps, a series of personal commentaries on the movies that marked life milestones. Unfortunately, it's just a memoir in which the author selected random movies to force some kind of link with the personal stories he wanted to tell. Too often it felt like the author was name-dropping in an effort to lend his story a greater Hollywood connection, and I was ...more
Apr 02, 2010 Katina rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010
BOOK CLUB BOOK: This book had brief moments where I found a nugget of wisdom or humor (so it probably deserves 1.5 stars) but I mostly found the narrator prideful, irritating, and so self-absorbed that I just didn't care about what happened to him next. I didn't get the sense that this "memoir" was really all that truthful either, so I didn't find it captivating or believable. The gimmick - reflecting on his life through films he watched (or acted in) at various ages - was a weak unifying theme ...more
Apr 29, 2011 Denise rated it really liked it
Great book as it discusses how Emmett was 'destined' to be an actor from the moment he entered the theater for the first time to see Disney's "The Jungle Book". He then takes us through the movies that had the most effect in his life as a member of the audience and the schemes to get himself noticed and finally running away to the US and eventually landing a role in the Titanic. While he hasn't reach ultimate success as an A-list actor he is comfortable in the fact that he is on the right path w ...more
May 08, 2011 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-ebooks
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May 11, 2011 Joan rated it really liked it
This book just starts out as a winning combination for me -- my love of books, film & british humor. This is what elevates it to a 4 star from what otherwise might be a 3 star read for me. I thought the concept was really unique ~ and the fact that the narrator's story is based on his actual life vs. being a fictional account was also a plus. Also - not sure the age of the author -- but the movies of his youth that he writes about are the same as the movies of mine.
Sherry Hays
May 20, 2011 Sherry Hays rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the story telling and how the author related parts of his life to movies he had seen at the theater during that time. He and I are of the same age, so many of the movies chosen are ones I identified with and also enjoyed. He did try to do a wrap-up at the end that basically tried to control the reader's over all thoughts about the book and about him, which I didn't like. However, over-all, this was an enjoyable book that had me lauging out loud several times.
Michelle Johnson
Mar 23, 2011 Michelle Johnson rated it liked it
Shelves: biographies
Starts out slow enough that I almost gave it up. Upon previewing latter parts I decided to continue. For a first novel, it's not bad. He had some laugh out loud spots. I hope his writing continues to get better, as writing often does, and that we see more from him.

I thoroughly enjoyed his tales and exploits. I know there must be more in store for us movie fans.

By the way, never actually seen him in anything. Bit heading back to idbm to look for his roles.
I really liked the way that films were related to milestones and events in the author's life, it was a unique way of structuring the memoir. It did feel at times like we only really dealt with the superficial events in the authors life (a failed marriage seemed to rate a couple of sentences). There were definitely some interesting occurences throughout the author's life though.
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Emmett James spent his childhood in Croydon, South London, and finished
his schooling in Cambridge, England. While studying acting at Strasberg
Actors Studio in London, he began working in theater, eventually moving to Los Angeles in the early 1990s to pursue an acting career in film and

He has worked extensively as a thespian in every single medium, from voicing a number one video ga
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