I am a 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.
I write for people including the Guardian, Sight & Sound, the FT, Drugstore Culture, the Barbican, Little White Lies and the BFI, 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 and Artificial Eye.
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.
I am a regular guest on BBC Radio 4’s The Film Programme and have also appeared on BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking, Woman’s Hour, 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.