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SELECTED WORK

2024
  • Hosted the 'Navigating Careers in Animation and Puppetry' panel at the BFI Future Film Festival 2024.
  • Hosted Q&A with director Yuzuru Tachikawa after a screening of his film Blue Giant at Rio Cinema, London.
  • Curated and hosted a programme of short films by Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon, as part of the London Short Film Festival at BFI Southbank. Followed by a Q&A with studio founders Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey and Paul Young.
2023
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  • Appeared on the December episode of the Picturehouse Cinemas podcast, discussing The Boy and the Heron, Fallen Leaves and Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget.
  • Wrote a feature on the animation of Robot Dreams, featuring interviews with director Pablo Berger and animation director Benoit Feroumont, for the Curzon Awards Journal.
  • Contributed a 'Hall of Fame' essay on Hayao Miyazaki to the winter issue of Picturehouse Recommends.
  • Hosted on-stage Q&A with director Hur Jin-ho after a screening of his film One Fine Spring Day at the London Korean Film Festival.
  • Contributed short essay on the film Unbowed for the programme of the London East Asia Film Festival's retrospective of the work of director Chung Ji-Young.
  • Programmed and hosted a series of screenings celebrating the work of director Satoshi Kon in what would have been his 60th birthday year, including a sell-out double bill screening of Perfect Blue and Millennium Actress at the Ritzy Picturehouse (August) and screenings of Paprika (November) and Tokyo Godfathers (December) at the BFI IMAX.
  • Hosted awards Q&As for Robot Dreams with director Pablo Berger at Curzon Aldgate.
  • Co-wrote Film Korea, a beginner's guide to the vibrant world of Korean cinema that surveys its history via 30 key films. Released October 2023.
  • Wrote and presented 'The 123s of Hayao Miyazaki', a special live event at the BFI London Film Festival.
  • Co-wrote The World of Studio Ghibli, an illustrated guide to the films of Studio Ghibli for younger readers. Released August 2023.
  • Interviewed director and photographer Anton Corbijn for the Little White Lies podcast.
  • Contributed an essay on the theme of summer in the films of Hayao Miyazaki to the summer edition of Curzon Journal.
  • Reviewed Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse for Sight and Sound.
  • Appeared on the WNYC radio programme 'All of It with Alison Stewart', to discuss GKids' national touring programme of the films of Hayao Miyazaki, as part of Ghibli Fest.
  • Hosted 10th anniversary screening of A Field In England at the Duke of York's Picturehouse in Brighton, followed by a Q&A with director Ben Wheatley
  • Co-wrote The World of Studio Ghibli, a comprehensive, illustrated guide for younger readers to the films of the world's greatest animation studio, due for release September 2023.
  • Reviewed The Super Mario Bros. Movie for Little White Lies.
  • Compiled and co-wrote an 'A-Z of Contemporary Anime' feature for Sight and Sound's May 2023 issue.
  • Appeared on the Little White Lies podcast, reviewing Riotsville USA and Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman.
  • Launched a monthly series of anime screenings at London's Prince Charles Cinema, curated under the Ghibliotheque banner. Films include: On-Gaku: Our Sound (February), Promare (March), The End of Evangelion (April), Liz and the Blue Bird (May), Memories (July), Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, The Animatrix (September).
  • Presented a series of screenings at the BFI IMAX celebrating the blockbuster work of Japanese animation filmmaker Makoto Shinkai, including screenings of Your Name, Weathering With You and his new film, Suzume.
  • Introduced the Cartoon Saloon animated gem Song of the Sea at the Barbican's Family Film Club.
  • Reviewed Marcel the Shell with Shoes On for Little White Lies.
  • Hosted Q&A event with director/artist Charlie Mackesy following an Academy screening of his Oscar-winning film, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.
  • Appeared on the Picturehouse podcast, reviewing The Whale, Broker, Saint Omer and Women Talking.
  • Interviewed Japanese stop-motion filmmaker Takahide Hori about his feature film Junk Head for Picturehouse Recommends.
2022

  • Reviewed Cartoon Saloon's My Father's Dragon for Sight and Sound.

  • Interviewed Georgina Hayns, head of puppet fabrication on Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio, for Curzon Journal.

  • Interviewed Hirokazu Kore-eda about working in Korea and in Korean with actor Song Kang-ho for his recent feature Broker for Picturehouse Recommends.

  • Contributed the feature 'Across The Universe', charting the cinematic impact and influence of the Beatles, for Little White Lies Magazine issue 96: The Glass Onion issue.

  • Hosted a post-screening Q&A with Inu-Oh director Masaaki Yuasa at Picturehouse Central, London.

  • Hosted an 'in conversation' event at Barbican Centre for the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of My Neighbour Totoro, with director Phelim McDermott and associate director Ailin Conant.

  • Appeared on BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking, discussing the cultural impact of My Neighbour Totoro

  • Interviewed Guillermo del Toro about his stop-motion feature Pinocchio for Empire Magazine in their December 2022 issue.

  • Introduced sold-out screening of Paris, Texas at Brighton's Duke of York's cinema, as part of the nationwide touring programme Wim Wenders: Kino Dreams.

  • Edited the Weekly Film Bulletin, Sight and Sound's weekly newsletter, through August 2022

  • Interviewed director Owen Kline and comics artist Johnny Ryan about contributing artwork for characters in Owen Kline's indie comix comedy-drama Funny Pages for Curzon Journal.

  • Coordinated, commissioned and wrote the introduction for a collaborative feature on the best film podcasts for Sight & Sound, with contributions from 20 critics and audio aficionados. (September 2022 issue)

  • Contributed to the discussion panel 'Exploring Anime' at the launch event for the British Film Institute's two-month long season dedicated to Japanese animation.

  • Co-wrote The Ghibliotheque Anime Movie Guide, a journey through the world of Japanese animation in 30 key films, encompassing all-time classics, deep cuts, hidden gems, and future classics that any newcomer to the artform must see. Released October 2022.

  • Interviewed cartoonist Adrian Tomine about the experience of having his work adapted into the feature film Paris, 13th District for Curzon Journal.

  • Wrote a feature profile of director Mamoru Hosoda on the release of his feature film Belle for Sight & Sound (March 2022 issue)

2021

  • Sat on the Main Jury for the British Independent Film Awards in 2021

  • Wrote an essay on the work of Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon for the blu-ray boxset release of their Irish Folklore Trilogy (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea, Wolfwalkers)

  • Co-hosted the podcast This is My Cinema for the British Independent Film Awards, interviewing guests from both in front of and behind the camera about the formative film experiences of their lives

  • Co-wrote Ghibliotheque - The Unofficial Guide to Studio Ghibli, a comprehensive film-by-film overview of the work of the legendary Japanese animation studio. The book was a #1 best-seller on Amazon, and was positively reviewed by publications such as Sight & Sound, Empire and Total Film. The English edition is now on its third printing, with editions translated into Spanish, French, Italian and Korean now available

  • Reviewed Todd Haynes documentary about The Velvet Underground for Little White Lies, following its Cannes festival premiere

  • Reviewed Alex Dudok de Wit's BFI Film Classics book on Isao Takahata's Grave of the Fireflies for Sight & Sound (June 2021 issue)

  • Directed and co-wrote the 30min BBC Arts special Inside Games: Special Characters, with co-writer and host Elle Osili-Wood

Previous work

  • Co-hosted the podcast miniseries Wrap Party for Amazon Prime Video UK, featuring interviews with key players behind the scenes of film and television, from intimacy coordinators and casting directors to editors and stunt performers.

  • Chaired panel 'An Introduction to Anime' for the British Film Institute and Sight & Sound

  • Wrote and voiced a video introduction to Mary and the Witch's Flower for Film4

  • Interviewed Hirokazu Kore-eda on stage at BFI Southbank, following a special screening of Still Walking

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