Always ‘the Master’. His influence remains so all-pervasive in modern cinema it is perfectly possible to write a wry article about his oeuvre for the Guardian Guide without having watched a single one of his films all the way through. ‘I’d say it was compulsory behaviour for that benighted rag!’ ‘Unfair! Charlie Brooker shows no sign yet of flagging on the creative swearing front!’ The director’s director. It’s not often remarked that out of his many cameo appearances in his own films, two-thirds were entirely accidental.