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Michael Brooke

Michael Brooke is a freelance writer specialising in British and central/eastern European cinema. A regular contributor to Sight & Sound magazine, he spent nearly a decade at the BFI (2002-11), where he helped create BFI Screenonline and BFI InView, produced the BFI’s internationally acclaimed DVD compilations of short films by the Quay Brothers and Jan Švankmajer and co-produced the Blu-ray edition of Švankmajer’s Alice. He has written numerous booklet essays for BFI DVD Publishing, Second Run and Arrow Academy, and chapters for the books Polish Cinema Now! (2010), Shadows of Progress (2010), 39 Steps to the Genius of Hitchcock (2012) and Trzynasty miesiąc. Kino Braci Quay (2010). A native Londoner, he now lives in Worthing with his family and chickens.

Articles by Michael Brooke

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  • Andrzej Wajda obituary: Poland’s man of memory

    Michael Brooke remembers the towering Polish director of Kanal, Ashes and Diamonds, The Promised Land, Man of Iron, Danton and Katyń – ”one of the key custodians of his country’s conscience”, who has died at the age of 90.

    Monday, October 10, 2016


  • 10 essential Romanian directors

    Your guide to some of the very best filmmakers to come from Romania.

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016


  • Where to begin with Jerzy Skolimowski

    Your next obsession: the strange and wonderful films of Jerzy Skolimowski.

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016


  • Where to begin with Agnieszka Holland

    Your next obsession: the human dramas of Agnieszka Holland.

    Wednesday, April 6, 2016


  • Jan Nemec, 1936–2016

    Michael Brooke on one of Czech cinema’s most prodigious talents and uncompromising nonconformists, whose career was derailed by the post-1968 repression of the Prague Spring.

    Tuesday, March 22, 2016


  • 10 great films from the Balkans

    Your 10-film introduction to the cinema of the former Yugoslavia, to celebrate the release on Blu-ray of Emir Kusturica’s Palme d’Or-winning epic Underground.

    Thursday, February 11, 2016


  • Philip Glass: 10 essential soundtracks

    One of the greatest modern composers, American minimalist Philip Glass has also written countless scores for films, including Candyman, The Truman Show and The Hours. Here are 10 for the desert island.

    Friday, January 29, 2016


  • 10 great films from 1996

    Take That broke up, the Spice Girls broke through, and Dolly the Sheep was born. But which films were in cinemas, and how do they shape up today?

    Friday, January 22, 2016


  • Alan Rickman, 1946-2016

    Michael Brooke on “our generation’s James Mason or Basil Rathbone”, a man who strode the screen with variously urbane, ominous and self-deprecating authority.

    Thursday, January 14, 2016


  • 10 great films from 1966

    The turn of 2016 heralds the 50th anniversary of the release of Pet Sounds, Blonde on Blonde and Revolver, as well as some of the finest pop singles ever recorded. Did 1966 offer anything as rich at the cinema?

    Thursday, December 31, 2015


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