I am a freelance writer, critic and film historian. I contribute regularly to publications including the Guardian and Sight & Sound, as well as editing silent cinema website Silent London. I am a member of Fipresci and the London Film Critics’ Circle and I have been working full-time as a journalist since 2001. After 12 years on staff at the Guardian, I went freelance in summer 2016.
My publications include a monograph on Pandora’s Box, published in November 2017 as part of the BFI Film Classics series and 30-Second Cinema, published in March 2019. I have contributed chapters to several more edited collections. You can read a full list here.
I write for people including the Guardian, Sight & Sound, the Criterion Collection, the Financial Times, Tortoise, Indicator, Little White Lies, the BFI and the Barbican, 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, BFI, Artificial Eye and Masters of Cinema.
My areas of interest and research include silent and classic cinema, women’s film history, Hollywood and stardom. I am a guest lecturer at the National Film and Television School and I also introduce films, take part in panel discussions, and lecture on film and journalism at UK universities and public events. My diary is here. I am a member of Women and Film History International. Currently I am researching film star graves and memorials as well as lesbian visibility in silent cinema.
I am a regular guest on BBC Radio 4’s The Film Programme and have also appeared on Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 5 Live, the World Service and BBC TV News 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 earn an MA with Distinction in the History of Film and Visual Media at Birkbeck College, University of London.