Born in London, I’ve worked as a journalist since 1987, starting as a newspaper reporter before gravitating towards arts and culture. I’ve worked as a television critic, theatre critic and architectural journalist, but since 1996 have primarily written about cinema.
My writing has appeared in most of Britain’s broadsheets, including The Guardian, The Observer, The Times and Sunday Times and The Independent on Sunday, as well as Sight & Sound, Screen International, IndieWire and other specialist film publications and websites. I was film critic for Scotland’s Sunday Herald between 2004- 2018, and have been covering film for the The Arts Desk, a collective-run website since 2010.
I’m the author of The Faber Book of New South American Cinema, published in 2010. In the same year I co-curated South American Renaissance, a major retrospective season for The British Film Institute, and was a co-founder of London’s first Argentine film festival the following year.
I’ve also contributed to a number of other film books, including Movie Star Chronicles, Steven Soderbergh Interviews, Cinema: The Whole Story and the eponymous entry of the eclectic, informed and comic book of movie lists, Ten Bad Dates With De Niro.
I’ve been a jury member of film festivals as far afield as Havana, Copenhagen and San Sebastian.