CA Lejeune

Caroline Alice Lejeune, film critic of the Guardian and Observer.

Caroline Alice Lejeune, film critic of the Guardian and Observer.

Caroline Alice Lejeune was a pioneer in the world of film criticism – one of the first to review films for a newspaper, and very probably the first woman to take up the trade. I’ll be talking about her at this event at the BFI library about female film criticism. I also wrote a short piece about her for the Guardian’s women page, and I contributed an extract from one of her columns to this fantastic Sight & Sound compilation of 25 female film critics.

Sight & Sound February 2015

Gloria Swanson in Teddy at the Throttle (1917)

Gloria Swanson in Teddy at the Throttle (1917)

Two pieces from me in this month’s Sight & Sound magazine. First up I interviewed the wonderful comedian Lucy Porter about her favourite female silent comedy stars, ahead of the Slapstick Festival. Second, I reviewed DW Griffith’s majestic Intolerance (1916), recently released on Blu-Ray by Masters of Cinema.