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Ben Walters

Ben Walters has contributed to Sight & Sound since 2001 and also writes on film for the Guardian and blogs about cabaret, moving image, and queer and DIY culture at He was Time Out London’s cabaret editor from 2009 to 2013, and produces BURN, the platform for moving images by cabaret artists.

Ben co-directed the feature documentary This Is Not a Dream and has written books on Orson Welles, The Office and (with JM Tyree) The Big Lebowski, the latter two for BFI Classics.

He tweets at @not_television.

Articles by Ben Walters

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  • FLARE 2015 critics’ roundtable

    From queer bodies in sports to the life online, this year’s London LGBT film festival suggested gay cinema is growing up and out of both tragedy and feelgood transcendence, according to Sophie Mayer, Frances Morgan and Ben Walters.

    Thursday, April 2, 2015


  • A pantheon of one’s own: 25 female film critics worth celebrating

    A selection of critics and curators each nominate a vital female voice in film criticism, with an example of their writing.

    Sunday, March 8, 2015


  • Performing lives: Queer Lisboa 2014

    Ben Walters on four films at this year’s Queer Lisboa film festival that queered the art/life divide – in rising order of enigma.

    Friday, November 21, 2014


  • From the Magazine

    Film of the week: Pride

    Welsh miners and London queers meet under the cosh of discrimination in this plucky (and timely) Ealing-esque look back to the 1984-85 miners’ strike, says Ben Walters.

    Friday, September 12, 2014

    Reviews and recommendations

  • From the Magazine

    Film of the week: Stranger by the Lake

    Lakeside cruising and what lies beneath: Ben Walters on a spellbinding erotic mystery from French writer-director Alain Guiraudie.

    Friday, February 21, 2014

    Reviews and recommendations

  • From the Magazine

    Film of the week: Inside Llewyn Davis

    The Coens’ latest takes a left turn from their usual fables of heedless ambition to essay a listless 1960s folk singer, “boomeranging between bad memories and botched opportunities”, write J.M. Tyree and Ben Walters.

    Friday, January 24, 2014

    Reviews and recommendations

  • From the Magazine

    TV special: Home cinema

    At a time when television drama is reckoned to be superior to most film releases, we look at how 50 top-drawer film directors, from Robert Altman to Orson Welles, made their impact on the smaller screen. Introduced by Henry K. Miller.

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013

    Polls and surveys

  • From the Magazine

    Film of the week: The Comedian

    Tom Shkolnik set out to make a film about London now. It’s not always funny, recognises Ben Walters.

    Friday, May 31, 2013

    Reviews and recommendations

  • Big Lebowski

    Underneath the breakneck pacing and foul-mouthed characters of this Cohen brothers cult classic is a humane account of what fools we mortals be.

    Wednesday, June 27, 2007

  • The Office: BFI TV Classics

    Ben Walters looks at the genesis and the unusually potent effects of the hit comedy, drawing on extensive interviews with those most closely involved.

    Thursday, December 1, 2005

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