Hello. I am a freelance writer, critic and film historian. I am a member of the London Film Critics Circle and 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; after being on staff for the Guardian for 12 years, I 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 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 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.
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.