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Josephine Botting

Josephine Botting joined the BFI in 1998 after working for Reuters and other moving image archives. As a curator in the fiction team, she has programmed many archive seasons at BFI Southbank as well as contributing to Sight & Sound and the BFI’s online and digital platforms. She has written chapters for the BFI’s recent books on Alfred Hitchcock and Ealing Studios and does interviews on radio and television about various aspects of film history.

Josephine has a general interest in British cinema, particularly the representation and involvement of women. Outside the BFI, she has written for various publications, mainly on the subject of horror cinema, which was the topic of her MA, and is currently doing a PhD on British director Adrian Brunel.

Articles by Josephine Botting

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  • Remembering Joan Fontaine

    With the death of Oscar-winning actor Joan Fontaine, we’ve lost of one of our last remaining links with Hollywood’s golden age.

    Friday, December 20, 2013


  • Jean Kent (1921-2013)

    Like Margaret Lockwood and Phyllis Calvert, her co-stars in Gainsborough’s classic melodramas, the late Jean Kent was one of the great stars of the golden age of British cinema.

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013


  • Vivien Leigh adrift: The Deep Blue Sea

    Vivien Leigh’s underrated performance in the first screen version of The Deep Blue Sea belies the turbulence that beset her private life at the time.

    Thursday, November 21, 2013


  • Why I love ... Night of the Eagle

    This creepy 1962 witchcraft thriller anticipates Rosemary’s Baby and The Stepford Wives in its story of dark forces at work in middle-class suburbia.

    Wednesday, November 13, 2013


  • The photographer and the missing Madonna

    Images shot on the island of Capri in 1948 give intriguing glimpses of a long-lost British film starring Phyllis Calvert and Michael Rennie.

    Monday, April 22, 2013


  • Will the real Mrs Hitchcock please stand up?

    With Helen Mirren and Imelda Staunton playing very different versions of Alma Reville in recent biopics, which is closest to the real Mrs Hitchcock?

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013


  • Charles Laughton’s Texas tale

    Curator Josephine Botting reveals how a reel of film found in a Sussex home sheds unexpected light on a time actor Charles Laughton spent in Texas in the 1950s.

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013


  • 10 great films on the underground

    As the London underground celebrates its 150th anniversary, we pick 10 memorable onscreen appearances.

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013


  • BFI Most Wanted: our discoveries so far

    The BFI’s international search for 75 ‘missing’ British films has turned up some real treasures, but the hunt goes on…

    Thursday, November 29, 2012


  • Fantastic Ealing

    British film studio Ealing is best-known for its comedies, but – as curator Josephine Botting explains – several of its films dabbled in the fantastical.

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012


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