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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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  • 10 great really long films

    To watch all of the films on this week’s list, you’ll need over 65 hours. Heralding the release of Lav Diaz’s monumental epic Norte, the End of History, here are 10 film giants that stretch to four hours or (way) beyond.

    Thursday, July 17, 2014


  • 10 great films about masks

    In the guise of a tie-in with the release of Frank, starring Michael Fassbender as masked singer Frank Sidebottom, we celebrate the rich history of masks on screen.

    Thursday, May 8, 2014


  • Walerian Borowczyk: five essential films

    As BFI Southbank mounts a major season of films by surrealist and provocateur Walerian Borowczyk, we pick out five must-see titles.

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014


  • 10 great British films directed by women

    With Joanna Hogg’s third film, Exhibition, confirming her as among our best new directors, we look back at some of the finest films directed by women in the UK.

    Thursday, April 24, 2014


  • 10 great films about doubles

    With Jesse Eisenberg acting alongside himself in Richard Ayoade’s new film The Double, we reflect on some of cinema’s best films featuring doubles, dead ringers and doppelgängers.

    Thursday, March 27, 2014


  • High plains visionary: Miklós Jancsó, 1921-2014

    Michael Brooke remembers the unique deep-space and -time cinema of the man Béla Tarr calls Hungary’s greatest director.

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014


  • 10 great films about sex

    As Lars von Trier’s Nymph()maniac arrives in cinemas and on the BFI Player, we survey sex on film with a list of some of cinema’s naughtiest classics.

    Friday, February 21, 2014


  • 10 great fairytale films

    Jean Cocteau’s sublime 1946 film version of Beauty and the Beast film has enchanted audiences forever after. Here are 10 more truly magical fairytale movies.

    Thursday, December 26, 2013


  • Poland’s coming out

    Two box-office breakthroughs this year suggest the country’s cinema is finally emerging from the closet, says Michael Brooke.

    Tuesday, October 1, 2013


  • Film of the week: Paradise: Hope

    Real-life teenage ‘diet camp’ kids get somewhat happy in this surprisingly conciliatory finale to Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise trilogy, says Michael Brooke.

    Friday, August 2, 2013

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