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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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  • 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


  • 10 great west London films

    Which of our capital’s compass points has played host to the best movies? As the start of a mini-series of lists celebrating London on screen, here’s our roundup of 10 of the greatest west London films.

    Friday, July 10, 2015


  • 10 great films set in 1950s Britain

    John Boorman’s Queen and Country is the latest period drama to return us to Britain in the 1950s, a time of national service, the Queen’s coronation and the debut of radio’s The Archers.

    Thursday, June 11, 2015


  • 10 great British politics films

    Don’t forget to vote… for any films you think we’ve left off our election-time ballot of terrific films about British politics, politicians and life in Westminster.

    Thursday, May 7, 2015


  • 10 essential Polish film directors

    Michael Brooke’s guide to some of the very best filmmakers to come from Poland.

    Monday, April 27, 2015


  • 10 great Polish films

    It would be foolish to try to encapsulate the films of Poland in just 10 titles, but for those looking for points of entry into one of modern cinema’s most vital filmmaking nations, here are some of the very best.

    Thursday, April 2, 2015


  • 10 great films that deserve to be better known

    To mark National Awareness Week (well, April Fools’ Day), we champion 10 films that have slipped through the cracks of movie history but await rediscovery.

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015


  • 10 great erotic British films

    Named after a rare butterfly, the extraordinary new film by Peter Strickland is also that lesser-spotted creature: a genuinely erotic British film. In the month that The Duke of Burgundy flutters into cinemas, we survey 10 more titillating titles from these shores.

    Thursday, February 5, 2015


  • Screen painting: Randall Wright on his portrait of David Hockney

    With its access to David Hockney’s personal video collection, Randall Wright’s intimate study reveals “a more complex and serious” version of the famous British artist, he tells Michael Brooke.

    Friday, November 28, 2014


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