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