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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 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


  • From the Magazine

    Portraits of the artists

    Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner takes its place within a wide canvas of films drawing on the lives and work of artists and sculptors that stretches back to the earliest days of cinema. By Michael Brooke.

    Friday, October 31, 2014


  • A-list meets arthouse: when megastar actors work for auteurs

    She’s an Oscar winner and fashion icon, but Marion Cotillard’s new film finds her in the urgent, unvarnished world of master filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne. As Two Days, One Night comes out on the BFI Player, we look at 10 other times when A-list stars went arthouse.

    Friday, August 22, 2014


  • 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


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