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Nick James

Nick James is Editor of Sight & Sound.

He studied at St. Martin’s School of Art and was a singer in rock bands from the late 1970s until the mid 80s.

He joined the listings magazine City Limits in 1989 and by 1991 was Editor of the Film Section. James has written on film, literature and art for the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent, US Vogue, Time Out, the London Review of Books and The Literary Review.

His book on Michael Mann’s Heat was published in 2002, and he was the presenter of the BBC documentary British Cinema: The End of the Affair that same year. In 2011 he received the Telluride Film Festival’s special medallion on behalf of Sight & Sound for its outstanding work.

Articles by Nick James

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  • Berlinale 2014: Soldiers and saints

    At midway, the Berlinale’s hits worth writing home about include the Northern Ireland Troubles thriller ’71 and note-perfect German teen martyr melodrama The Stations of the Cross. Nick James rounds them up.

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014


  • Berlinale 2014 preview: Buzzing unknowns

    Day one, and “arresting indeterminacy” defines the prospects in the festival programme as much as it does Josephine Decker’s Butter on the Latch, reports Nick James.

    Thursday, February 6, 2014


  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, 1967-2014

    Nick James remembers an actor who made us, and the movies, better.

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014


  • The 10 best films of 2013

    Our January issue looks back at the year in cinema with the help of over one hundred international critics, curators and academics. As a preview, here’s our voters’ top ten, plus in-house selections and highlights.

    Monday, November 25, 2013

    Annual round-ups

  • From the Magazine

    Goodbye Mr French: Fleet Street cuts back its film critics

    This summer has seen a sudden round of layoffs from another of the old-film-world trades. Is this cyclical, or terminal, asks Nick James?

    Friday, October 11, 2013


  • Venice 2013: Come in, come out of the sun

    More waterlogged poise from Taiwan’s Tsai Ming-Liang, castration fun from Kim Ki-Duk and winning portraits of directors Sam Fuller, James Benning and Richard Linklater stood out on a slow Lido, reports Nick James.

    Thursday, September 12, 2013


  • Venice 2013: week one high-water marks

    Nick James on grim Greek tragedy Miss Violence, Tokyo prostitution fable The Shape of Night and Kelly Reichardt’s Night Movies at a Biennale otherwise overshadowed by its own past glories.

    Tuesday, September 3, 2013


  • From the Magazine

    Editorial: Rough cuts

    The 10 per cent cut in the BFI’s grant is five per cent more than other cultural institutions. Why, asks Nick James?

    Wednesday, August 7, 2013


  • The weight of history: Yerevan 2013

    Armenian cinema still bears the nation’s many crosses, to judge by the entries at this year’s Golden Apricot festival, finds Nick James.

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013


  • An open book: Cannes 2013 awards preview

    There’s no second-guessing which of many contenders Steven Spielberg’s jury is about to anoint, says Nick James.

    Sunday, May 26, 2013


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