5 films I borrowed from my friends (and never gave back)


Looking over my film collection recently, I realised there are some films I’ve been holding onto for way too long! For starters, there’s the VHS tape of Peter Jackson’s Meet the Feebles (1989) that I borrowed from my New Zealand flatmate; the unreturned copy of Heathers (1989) that’s probably still accruing library fines; The Rules of Attraction (2002) DVD that was loaned to me after a second (and last) date; the copy of What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) that I borrowed from a girl at school (who also just happened to be going through a Johnny Depp phase at that time); and the Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) DVD I accidentally (on purpose) forgot to give back after a bad break-up. 

Anyone else checked their collection lately?


Victoria Wareham, Australian Cinémathèque, QAGOMA

#1 Meet the Feebles

Meet the Feebles 1989 / Director: Peter Jackson

#2 Heathers

Heathers 1989 / Director: Michael Lehmann

#3 What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? 1993 / Director: Lasse Hallström

#4 The Rules of Attraction

The Rules of Attraction 2002 / Director: Roger Avary

#5 Coffee and Cigarettes

Coffee and Cigarettes 2003 / Director: Jim Jarmusch

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Feature image: Heathers 1989


  1. Winona Ryder is still my favorite.

    Especially I liked her role in Dracula and alien 4.