Upcoming Events:

Various introductions to screenings in the Big Screen Classics strand at BFI Southbank. See brochure or BFI online for details.

Past Events:

Here is a list of the lectures and illustrated talks I have given to date:

Velázquez and the Cinema, December 2006, National Gallery, London; September 2016, London Film School.

Rouben Mamoulian: An Illustrated Introduction, December 2008, BFI Southbank

From Chartres to Xanadu: Orson Welles and the Metaphor of Architecture, November 2009, BFI Southbank; June 2016, National Film and Television School

The Long Goodbye: Death and the Cinema, January 2011, BFI Southbank; June 2016, London Film School; November 2016, National Film and Television School

The Dude Abides… Observations on Jeff Bridges, June 2011, BFI Southbank

Two or Three Things I Know About Carl Dreyer, February 2012, BFI Southbank; September 2016, National Film and Television School

Werner Herzog – and the Transformation of the World into Film, June 2013, BFI Southbank

A Serious Man, a Modern World: Buster Keaton and the Cinema of Today, January 2014, BFI Southbank; 2016, National Film and Television School; 2019, London Film School

Moving Pictures, Still Lives: Death in Painting and Cinema, March 2014, National Gallery, London

Dance First, Think Later: Great Dance Scenes in Non-Dance Films, July 2014, BFI Southbank; June 2017, London Film School

A Sad an’ Beautiful World: Jim Jarmusch in Context, September 2014, BFI Southbank; April 2015, Université d’Artois, Arras, France (keynote speaker in international symposium Le cinéma de Jim Jarmusch, organised Esther Heboyan); April 2019, Moth Club

The Heart Has Its Reasons: The Life’s Work of Eric Rohmer, January 2015, BFI Southbank

Out of the Shadows: The Strange Affair of Robert Siodmak, April 2015, BFI Southbank

The Cinema of Abderrahmane Sissako: A Brief Introduction, June 2015, BFI Southbank

Rosebud and the Giant Trainset: The Extraordinary Cinema of Orson Welles, July 2015, BFI Southbank

What Is This Thing Called Love? Romance and Reality in the Movies, November 2015, BFI Southbank; December 2016, National Film and Television School

The New Romanian Cinema: A Critic’s Perspective, June 2016, BFI Southbank

Notes on the Iranian Cinema, June 2016, National Film and Television School

Stanley Kubrick: An Introduction, August 2016, BFI Southbank

Death, Doubt and Desire: the Cinema of Ingmar Bergman, September 2016, National Film and Television School

Abbas Kiarostami’s 10, September 2016, London Film School

Jean-Pierre Melville, Man of the Cinema, August 2017, BFI Southbank

Matters of Life (and Death): the Films of Ingmar Bergman, November 2017, Tyneside Cinema

Scenes from a Career: an Illustrated Talk on Ingmar Bergman, January 2018, BFI Southbank; University of Warwick Arts Centre

Víctor Erice’s El Sur, May 2018, London Film School

Before and Behind the Camera: the Very Versatile Ida Lupino, June 2018, BFI Southbank

Michelangelo Antonioni: Chronicle of a Modernist’s Career, January 2019, BFI Southbank

Re-considering Kazan: An Illustrated Talk, February 2020, BFI Southbank

Adventures in Film Grammar: The Close-up (September 2020, London Film School)

Adventures in Film Grammar: Filming Thought (September 2020, London Film School)

Robert Altman, Outsider and Innovator: An Illustrated Online Talk, January 2021 for BFI Southbank

Adventures in Film Grammar: Real Time/Film Time (May 2021, London Film School)

Adventures in Film Grammar: Real Space/Film Space (May 2021, London Film School)

For the Love of People: The Films of François Truffaut (January 2022, BFI Southbank)

Style, Anti-style and Influence: Robert Bresson Reassessed (June 2022, BFI Southbank)

Passion or Profession? – the Life and Times of a Film Programmer and Critic (February 2023, University of Reading)