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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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  • Cannes 2016 roundup: what should win?

    With the latter half of this year’s competition as discouraging as the first week was inspiring, Germany’s Maren Ade seems as deserving an awards candidate as the likes of Olivier Assayas, Jim Jarmusch, Kleber Mendoça Filho and Cristian Mungiu, says Nick James.

    Saturday, May 21, 2016


  • Graduation – first look

    Nick James on a winning web of everyday Romanian secrets and compromises from the Palme d’Or-winning director of Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days.

    Friday, May 20, 2016

    Reviews and recommendations

  • Slack Bay (Ma Loute) – first look

    Bruno Dumont’s costume detective send-up set amongst the dunes of Calais is hamstrung by utterly OTT turns from Fabrice Luchini, Valéria Bruni-Tedeschi and Juliet Binoche, reports Nick James.

    Thursday, May 19, 2016

    Reviews and recommendations

  • Paterson – first look

    Jim Jarmusch’s latest steers poems of place and people through Adam Driver’s city bus driver. Nick James hops on board.

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    Reviews and recommendations

  • Personal Shopper – first look

    A medium-cool Kristen Stewart shops and drops in with the dead in Olivier Assayas’s modern mystical Paris, says Nick James.

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    Reviews and recommendations

  • Cannes 2016: midway roundup

    Maren Ade’s impeccable comedy Toni Erdmann and Andrea Arnold’s tantalising road movie American Honey are only the cream of some serious treats unveiled at this year’s showcase so far, says Nick James.

    Tuesday, May 17, 2016


  • In the city of scarce muses: Turin 2015

    Wandering wives and wondering husbands in Yaelle Kayam’s Mountain and José Luis Guirín’s The Academy of the Muses were the highlights of this year’s Turin Film Festival, reports Nick James.

    Wednesday, December 16, 2015


  • Morelia 2015: How the guest was won

    Nick James reports on a festive melting pot of glamour, conviviality, native history and ‘Mexican imaginary’.

    Monday, December 7, 2015

    Reviews and recommendations

  • From the Magazine

    The Tarkovsky legacy

    Nick James explores the enduring influence of the great Russian arthouse pioneer Andrei Tarkovsky on an eclectic array of filmmakers of the past 30 years, from Lars von Trier and Terrence Malick to Béla Tarr and Claire Denis.

    Friday, November 27, 2015

    Deep Focus

  • Rendezvous with Chantal Akerman

    Nick James pays tribute to the slow-awing minimalist sights and resonant sounds of the late Chantal Akerman’s cinema.

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015


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