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I am a culture writer, broadcaster and programmer with a lifelong interest in the worlds of film and video games.

 

Since 2018, I have commissioned and produced the short form video essay series Inside Cinema and Inside Games for BBC Arts and BBC iPlayer.

 

I am co-creator and co-host of the podcast Ghibliotheque, offering an insightful guide to the world of Japanese animation legends Studio Ghibli, which we have adapted into a book, Ghibliotheque - The Unofficial Guide to Studio Ghibli, due out in September 2021.

 

Additionally, I host the weekly Little White Lies review programme Truth & Movies as well as This Is My Cinema for the British Independent Film Awards.

Over the years, my writing has appeared in Sight & Sound Magazine, Little White Lies and elsewhere, and I have hosted events for and at venues including the British Film Institute, the British Museum, Somerset House, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Glasgow Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest and Latitude Festival.

You can get hold of me at @michaeljleader or at michael.leader@gmail.com.