Hello. I am a freelance writer, critic and film historian. I am a regular contributor to the Guardian and Sight & Sound, as well as the editor of the silent cinema website Silent London. I have been working full-time as a journalist since 2001; I worked for the Guardian for 12 years, but turned freelance in summer 2016.
My book on Pandora’s Box (1929) was was published in November 2017 as part of the BFI Film Classics series.
I write for people including the Guardian, Sight & Sound, the Barbican, Film4, Little White Lies and the BFI website, and I am always interested in new commissions. As well as film reviews, interviews and features, I have written booklet essays for DVD and Blu-ray releases.
I also introduce films, take part in panel discussions, and lecture on film and journalism at UK universities and public events. I have appeared on BBC radio (Radio 4, Radio 5 Live, the World Service) and TV as well as NPR and Monocle radio.
I studied English Language and Literature at St Anne’s College, Oxford University and graduated with first-class honours in 2001 before going on to study for an MA with Distinction in the History of Film and Visual Media at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Silent London won the Dorset Cereals Blog of the Month prize in February 2011 and in 2012 I was selected to be part of Nokia’s Remarkable Women programme. In 2014, I gave the keynote speech at the Toronto Silent Film Festival.