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, 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 from the Criterion Collection, Indicator, Arrow Academy and Artificial Eye.
I also introduce films, take part in panel discussions, and lecture on film and journalism at UK universities and public events. I regularly speak on Radio 4 and have also appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live, the World Service and BBC TV News as well as NPR and Monocle radio.
In 2018 I was elected to the jury of the Cinema Ritrovato DVD awards.
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 earn an MA with Distinction in the History of Film and Visual Media at Birkbeck College, University of London.