What do Napoléon, The Gold Rush, Blackmail and Metropolis all have in common? They all exist in multiple versions – and so I wrote entries on them for Sight & Sound’s April 2015 cover story Remake/Remodel
The Guardian has a new series on its film blog, in which writers nominate the film that makes them cry. Spoilt for choice, I elected to write about DW Griffith’s The Mothering Heart (1913), starring Lillian Gish.
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.
In the March 2015 issue of Sight & Sound magazine, I reviewed Ruth Barton’s wonderful new biography of the idiosyncratic silent era director Rex Ingram.
Another Sight & Sound list – this time counting up the best home video releases of the year. Yes, my list was all silent movies
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.