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The current BFCC members are:

Ben Brewer
Presenter, blogger

BenBrewerBen is the co-host of Movie Mondays, a weekly segment as part of The Source on Made In Bristol Television. As a Film Studies and Video Production graduate, Ben is passionate about all things cinema, especially films from the horror, cult, and 80s Trash genres. A volunteer at 20th Century Flicks, Ben is keen to highlight all forms of cinema in Bristol, with a particular focus on independent and art house fare. Ben also runs the review blog ‘Small Change, Wild Ride’ in which he reviews films bought with the stipulation that they cannot cost more than £1. He can always be counted on to have a more irreverent take on film criticism.

Jonathan Bygraves
Critic, historian, programmer

Mr BagsJonathan Bygraves is a film critic, historian and programmer whose work has appeared in a variety of online publications.

He presently curates a regular repertory strand for Bristol’s Cube Cinema, for which he also produces critical visual essays, and has also introduced films at Bristol’s Watershed and Arnolfini cinemas.

Georgina Guthrie
Writer, blogger

CineMe & Amsterdam 208Georgina spends most of her time writing about film, food and Bristol for a range of publications, including Time Out Bristol and WOW247.

She nurtured a love for film during her English Literature degree in the Welsh Valleys – with nothing to do, she turned to the University film archives for entertainment. She’s since turned her hand to film analysis, and regularly writes for The Big Picture Magazine, as well as her own film blog,

Tim Hayes
Writer, critic

TH3Tim Hayes is a freelance writer and critic based in Bristol. His film criticism and reviews have appeared in Sight & Sound, Little White Lies, SoFilm, MovieScope and elsewhere, along with festival reports from Cannes, Edinburgh, New York and Bristol.

He holds a certificate in film journalism from the British Film Institute, has served on several festival selection panels, and authored the press kit for an independent film which went on to win awards on the festival circuit in Europe and America.

Encounters 2014

Cleo Journal interview with Sally Potter

Tara Judah
Chair of BFCC. Critic, broadcaster, programmer

tara-web9Co-director at Bristol’s only surviving video library, 20th Century Flicks, Tara is a feminist film critic whose passions include experimental, underground and avant-garde cinema, photochemical film formats, traditional cinema-going and film preservation. Tara is the Chair of the Bristol Film Critics Circle, Co-ordinator of Bristol Scalarama, Programmer for Melbourne feminist film festival, GOFF, and a member of the film programming team at The Cube.

Tara is also a freelance writer, whose contributions have appeared locally and across the ponds, including for Senses of Cinema, Desist Film, The Vine, Broadsheet Melbourne, Overland, Metro, Screen Education, The Big Issue and Time Out Bristol. She has been heard across the airwaves on Australian radio stations Triple R, JOYFM, ABC 774 and Radio National and has appeared more recently on London’s Monocle24 and BBC World Service.

An active member of the Women Film Critics Circle and an English language editor for FIPRESCI, Tara has served on a number of festival selection committees and juries including IFFR, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, MIFF, Revelations Film Festival Perth, Encounters Short Film Festival Bristol, MIM and the AACTA and ATOM Awards.

Liam Macleod
Critic, writer

unnamedLiam Macleod is an online film critic and writer. His work has appeared on sites such as Den of Geek, What Culture! and Hey U Guys as well as his own blog The Salsa Shark (yes, it’s a Clerks reference).

Originally from ‘The North’ Liam has been based in in the South West since graduating from Bath Spa University.

He regularly helps to run the Bath Film Festival and is in the process of setting up film screenings at Bath Central Library as well as working with film publications like SFX and Empire.

Peter Walsh
Writer, blogger, Founder of Bristol Silents

Peter WalshComing to the discipline of criticism as a refugee from academia, but with roots still intertwined in the archive, I thrive for discussions of cinema centred around its art, its commerce, and its still brief history. My curiosity in the uncomfortable tug between mediated reality and artifice in filmmaking pushed my interests towards early cinema, and I was caught by the output of the first filmmakers who had no rules to break. One thing led to another, and I eventually completed a doctorate at the University of Sheffield on the Yorkshiremen who made their own industry, and who wrote their own rules in cinema’s earliest days.

After moving to Bristol in 2012 I have become increasingly involved with the screening group Bristol Silents where we offer knowledgeable sorts the platform to screen extra-ordinary pre-sound films to curious and engaged local audiences. Beyond this I write regular articles for the entertainment guide WOW247, I post irregularly on my personal blog Burnt Retina, and I write sporadically about good radio documentaries on Latent Frequencies. I have also recently completed freelance research and editing projects for the Polish National Film Archive, as well as published a number of academic reviews and articles.