Enjoying a few drinks and watching a film together was a regular feature of life at BSL. I write ‘was’ because COVID-19 has kept most of us working from home for more than a year. As a result, sharing a drink and watching a film together has not been an option. So instead, we’ve organised a few alternatives like Digi-parties, Easter surprises and other events. Most recently, we arranged for everyone to enjoy a movie at home. So I was curious what they all chose…
How do our films afternoons work?
We invite everyone to suggest a film title, creating an initial selection. Then everyone ranks their personal top five from this selection. Finally, we combine these rankings with the highest-scoring movie chosen. It could not be more democratic, even if a few shady deals occur during the selection process! Our film afternoon always includes food or snacks, varying from croquettes and sandwiches, or pizzas, to a Thai takeaway. 😋
Drinks and a movie at BSL
Our film afternoons are sometimes unpredictable. It’s always possible that the movie doesn’t quite fit into a genre you’d typically watch. However, watching a movie outside of your comfort zone can be a pleasant surprise. I frequently found myself unexpectedly enjoying a film. In the eight years that I’ve been working at BSL, I’ve only once had the feeling that I wanted to walk out!😬. Sorry, Daniel Radcliffe.
Corona Film Day
For our Corona film selection, everyone received a box with a selection of drinks and snacks, along with a film ticket for a Pathé home movie. So everyone could enjoy a home cinema experience. Now back to the question at the top of the blog: “Which movies did they pick?”
Drinks and a movie at home
It was time to survey my colleagues. A software company with developers, designers, and a back-office encompasses a broad range of tastes. I found some of their choices surprising!
One senior developer chose a romantic movie, Plus One, while I’d expected science fiction or a thriller. I never thought he‘d go for such a film. 🧐 Another colleague, a front-end developer, picked a movie that I could have predicted, U-571 – a thriller/war film. Others chose comedies, and one front-end developer chose Dunkirk, a war film that was filmed mainly in the Netherlands (Urk and Flevoland) – rather than France – with a talented Dutch-Swedish cinematographer (Hoyte van Hoytema).
I had to laugh at the choice of another developer, who said it would be a Korean horror for a change, accompanied with Foo young hai. 😂 Last but not least, our director, who listens to many film reviews every week, picked an uplifting Japanese drama, “Shoplifters” from 2018.
Back to the office
We’ve reached the point where we can go back to the office. Everyone in BSL expects to be vaccinated and plans to return two weeks after their last injection. So we should all be able to return to the office by the end of August. And having a drink and watching a film together will be one of the things we’ll be able to enjoy.
Developing custom software for a wide variety of clients and sectors means that you get to know a lot more about the company and the people who work there. As a result, we learn new things, which helps expand our horizons – much like experiencing films outside our comfort zone.
This variety is an aspect of our work that makes software development so fascinating. We’d like to get to know your company and develop custom software for you. So contact us, and we’ll advise you without obligation and find a suitable solution for you.