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, the London Film Critics’ Circle and the Society of Authors. 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 and I am currently based in West Sussex, on the south coast of England.
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 produce the Weekly Film Bulletin for Sight & Sound and I also write for people including the Guardian, Sight & Sound, the Criterion Collection, the Financial Times, Tortoise, Empire, Little White Lies, the BFI and the Barbican. I am always interested in new commissions. As well as film reviews, interviews and features, I contribute booklet essays, video essays and audio commentaries for 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, feminist 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 very interested in film star graves and memorials.
I am a regular guest on BBC Radio 4’s arts programmes, and Radio 3’s Free Thinking. I have also appeared on Woman’s Hour, the Today Programme, BBC Radio 5 Live, the World Service and BBC TV News as well as NPR and Monocle radio.
I am on the board of the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum in Exeter, and a member of the advisory board for the Centre for Film Aesthetics and Cultures at the University of Reading. 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.