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Geoff Andrew

Geoff Andrew is Head of Film Programme at BFI Southbank and a regular contributor to Sight & Sound. He first worked as a cinema programmer at London’s Electric Cinema in the late 1970s. For many years he was Film Editor of Time Out; he remains the magazine’s Contributing Editor, and was Consultant Editor on all editions of the Time Out Film Guide.

In addition to editing the anthology Film: The Critics’ Choice, Geoff has written many books on film. They include studies of the films of Nicholas Ray, Hollywood gangster movies, and American ‘indie’ filmmakers of the 80s and 90s; BFI Modern Classics volumes on Kiarostami’s 10 and Kieslowski’s Three Colours Trilogy; and two critical dictionaries, The Film Handbook and Film Directors A-Z – The Art of the World’s Greatest Film-makers. He has written for numerous anthologies, and contributed commentaries, on-screen introductions and interviews to DVDs. In 2003 he was a member of the Un Certain Regard jury at the Cannes Film Festival, and he has also served on juries at the London, Brussels, Istanbul, Sarajevo and Morelia film festivals. In 2005 he was discussant at a conference on the work of Abbas Kiarostami at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and in 2006 he delivered a lecture on ‘Velazquez and the Cinema’ at the National Gallery. In 2009 the French government made him a Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des letters; he is, among other things, a Francophile.

Articles by Geoff Andrew

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  • Cannes 2014: crying Timbuktu

    Mali’s brutal jihadists are depicted with oblique defiance in this eloquent, complex and even compassionate j’accuse from Abderrahmane Sissako, says Geoff Andrew.

    Thursday, May 15, 2014


  • Cannes 2014: a programmer’s look ahead

    New films from the Dardennes brothers, Mike Leigh and Nuri Bilge Ceylan are among the most appetite-whetting inclusions in this year’s Cannes lineup, says BFI Southbank’s senior programmer Geoff Andrew.

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014


  • Paths of Glory: Stanley Kubrick’s first film of ‘genius’

    With Paths of Glory, a powerful account of injustice and corruption set in the trenches of the First World War, Stanley Kubrick stepped up his game to announce himself as a filmmaker of rare ambition and talent.

    Thursday, May 1, 2014


  • Don’t forget about (Nicholas) Ray

    Rebel without a Cause remains the most enduring legacy of teen icon James Dean, but it’s also merely one of the many brilliant films by Nicholas Ray, who deserves to be better remembered for his deeply felt dramas about outsiders and loners.

    Thursday, April 17, 2014


  • Rome, Open City: what makes a classic?

    Watching Roberto Rossellini’s Rome, Open City today reminds Geoff Andrew why some films become classics in the first place.

    Friday, March 7, 2014


  • Berlin 2014: a programmer’s picks

    A family drama filmed over 12 years and an understated debut about a Chechen boy living in Vienna catch Geoff Andrew’s eye at this year’s Berlinale.

    Friday, February 21, 2014


  • Bigger and even better: The Godfather Part II

    With towering performances from Pacino and De Niro, the second Godfather movie is a sequel without equal and a high-water mark of American cinema.

    Thursday, February 20, 2014


  • Berlinale 2014: Boyhood and downhill

    Richard Linklater’s 12-year study of growing up is one of the few movies in this year’s festival to hit its target, says Geoff Andrew.

    Thursday, February 13, 2014


  • The General: the greatest comedy of all time?

    No comedy came higher in Sight & Sound’s Greatest Films of All Time poll than Buster Keaton’s 1926 classic The General. But it wasn’t high enough…

    Thursday, January 23, 2014


  • Close to perfection: The Night of the Hunter

    Why a single flaw never stops me from rewatching Charles Laughton’s beautiful and terrifying American masterpiece The Night of the Hunter over and over again.

    Friday, January 17, 2014


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