Selected works from 2020

A curated selection of the best work I’ve published in 2020, from books to interviews to podcasts. For an exhaustive list of all my published works in 2020, visit my Contently page.

2020 bylines: Seventh Row, The Film Stage, Girls on Tops, Cinema Year Zero, and JumpCut Online.

Festivals covered in 2020: Sundance, Final Girls Berlin, Fantasia, TIFF, LFF, Raindance, Indie Memphis, and more.

Scroll down for selected works from before 2020.

Books…

I co-edited and co-wrote the first book ever written about Céline Sciamma. Published by Seventh Row.
I co-edited and co-wrote an ebook about my favourite filmmaker, Kelly Reichardt. Published by Seventh Row.

Features…

The 20 best supporting performances of 2020
Seventh Row
For Your Consideration: Matthew Macfadyen’s one-scene wonder in The Assistant
Seventh Row
The 20 best lead performances of 2020
Seventh Row
Florence Pugh reveals what’s beneath the strength of her characters
Seventh Row
Mangrove and 
Ultraviolence are two angles on UK police brutality (LFF)
Seventh Row
I’m Thinking of Ending Things and unpacking Charlie Kaufman and Ian Reid’s contrasting visions
The Film Stage
Dreams of a Life | Sus
Cinema Year Zero
Great horror performances: Lupita Nyong’o in Us
Seventh Row
Wild nights: The journey to find justice for Emily Dickinson
Girls on Tops
Les Misérables and Just Mercy use classic texts to explore systemic racism
Seventh Row
Bright Young Things: Geraldine Viswanathan’s intelligent young women
Seventh Row

Reviews…

Education: Small Axe ends on a note of bittersweet hope
Seventh Row
Happiest Season: Kristen Stewart excels in fresh Christmas comedy
The Film Stage
On the Rocks is a retrograde disappointment from Sofia Coppola
Seventh Row
Safe spaces and gendered violence in Lovers Rock (LFF)
Seventh Row
Ammonite Excavates an Authentic, Textured Love Story (LFF)
The Film Stage
Shadow in the Cloud is a film of two halves (TIFF)
Seventh Row
Bosnian genocide drama Quo Vadis, Aida? grapples with complicity (TIFF)
Seventh Row
The shallow politics of Michel Franco’s New Order (TIFF)
Seventh Row
Sweat is one of the first great films about an influencer (TIFF)
Seventh Row
I’m Thinking of Ending Things: Charlie Kaufman Opens a Puzzle Box of Existential Dread
The Film Stage
Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow and dreamers thwarted by capitalism
Seventh Row
Jumbo and Objectum Sexuality (Sundance)
Seventh Row

Interviews…

In Farewell Amor, Ekwa Msangi uses Angolan dance to explore family bonds
Seventh Row
Mads Mikkelsen on finding the beauty in an alcohol-fueled midlife crisis
The Film Stage
Thomas Vinterberg on Another Round, drunk acting, avoiding moralization, and Mads Mikkelsen’s dance skills
The Film Stage
Francis Lee on Ammonite and the voiceless women of history
Seventh Row

Quinn Armstrong on his bizarre police training parody, Survival Skills
Seventh Row
‘This film is a cemetery’: Kirsten Johnson on Dick Johnson is Dead
Seventh Row
Merawi Gerima’s Residue is an archive of a community facing gentrification
Seventh Row

Reclaiming transmasculine history in No Ordinary Man (TIFF)
Seventh Row
Andrea Dorfman on Spinster, an ‘anti rom-com’ for the ages
Seventh Row
Eva Riley on Perfect 10, her touching sibling story disguised as a sports film
Seventh Row
Lily Gladstone on Kelly Reichardt and her love of linguistics (ebook preview)
Seventh Row

The Assistant: Kitty Green on making an office sound sinister
Seventh Row
Ariane Labed on her directorial debut, Olla (Sundance)
Seventh Row
How to make a short film with no money: Chris Elena on Audio Guide
Seventh Row

Podcasts…

Steve McQueen’s Small Axe
Seventh Row Podcast
Are men OK? Masculinity, mental health, and addiction in Another Round and Oslo, August 31st
Seventh Row Podcast
Paddington and Paddington 2
Seventh Row Podcast
Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country and Ammonite
Seventh Row Podcast
Misbehaviour and British revolution ensemble films
Seventh Row Podcast
Comparing adaptations of The Secret Garden
Seventh Row Podcast
Certain Women
The Film Stage’s Intermission Podcast
First Cow & Wendy and Lucy
Seventh Row Podcast
Working mothers: Proxima & 
Baby Boom
Seventh Row Podcast
Split-screen storytelling: Lungs & Conversations With Other Women
Seventh Row Podcast
Portraits of Resistance: An Interview with Alex Heeney and Orla Smith
Podcast of a Lady on Fire
Shirley and portraits of female artists
Seventh Row Podcast
The romances of Normal People & On Chesil Beach
Seventh Row Podcast
5 themes in feminist horror
Britflicks Podcast
Dead mothers: Stories We TellLouder Than Bombs, & Mouthpiece
Seventh Row Podcast
Abortion on screen and Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Seventh Row podcast

Other…

Moderated virtual Q&A with Mike Leigh
Seventh Row
Moderated virtual Q&A with Jasmin Mozaffari & Darya Zhuk
Seventh Row
Moderated virtual Q&A with Lily Gladstone & Frank Mosley
Seventh Row
Moderated virtual Q&A with Anne Émond & Madeleine Olnek
Seventh Row
Moderated virtual Q&A with Ashley Connor & Catherine Lutes
Seventh Row
Moderated virtual Q&A with Penny Lane & Carol Nguyen
Seventh Row
In person speech about the changing face of the female monster
Final Girls Berlin Film Festival

Past selected works

A curated selection of the best work I’ve published from 2017 to 2019.

Books…

Features…

Thelma is more than just a modern Carrie
Seventh Row
Approaching center frame in The Souvenir
Seventh Row

Timothée Chalamet and the contradictions of coming-of-age
Seventh Row

Reviews…

Midsommar is a chaotic, visceral horror
Seventh Row
Summer 1993 captures how children process grief
Seventh Row
Ava uses the onset of blindness as a coming-of-age metaphor
Seventh Row

Interviews…

Hala is a lyrical debut from Minhal Baig
Seventh Row

Alice Winocour on her outstanding space drama, Proxima (TIFF)
Seventh Row

One woman’s experience of the Dublin housing crisis in Rosie
Seventh Row
Atiq Rahimi uncovers the seeds of war in Our Lady of the Nile (TIFF)
Seventh Row

Shola Amoo on his stylised coming-of-ager, The Last Tree
Seventh Row

Amma Asante on Where Hands Touch: ‘These black children were walking a strange tightrope’
Seventh Row
Life in closeup: Kazik Radwanski on Anne at 13,000 ft (TIFF)
Seventh Row

Crystal Swan‘s heroine is as unforgettable as her costumes (LFF)
Seventh Row
Brett Haley on Hearts Beat Loud: ‘Music and creativity bring people together’
Seventh Row

Haifaa Al-Mansour’s crowdpleaser, The Perfect Candidate (TIFF)
Seventh Row
Wanuri Kahiu on Rafiki: ‘Falling in love is when you giggle and blush the most’ (LFF)
Seventh Row
Cinematographer Sean Bobbitt on On Chesil Beach
Seventh Row

Podcasts…

Marriage Story
Seventh Row Podcast
Find Me and adapting André Aciman for the Screen
Seventh Row Podcast
Feminist horror
Seventh Row Podcast
Midsommar and Florence Pugh
Seventh Row Podcast

Other…

In person speech about the changing face of the female monster
London Horror Symposium