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Paul O’Callaghan

After six years working as part of the BFI’s Communications and Digital teams, Paul left us in December 2012 to pursue a writing career. He currently works as a freelance journalist, copywriter and film script reader.

Articles by Paul O’Callaghan

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  • Where to begin with John Waters

    Your next obsession: the Pope of Trash, John Waters.

    Wednesday, September 2, 2015


  • Fast-track to fandom>> Which mumblecore films to watch first?

    Your next obsession: the awkward, lo-fi world of mumblecore.

    Monday, August 10, 2015


  • 10 great east London films

    Which of our capital’s compass points has played host to the best movies?

    This week, we’re looking east to round up a selection of the finest films set in London’s East End and beyond.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015


  • Ridley Scott: five essential films

    British-born filmmaker Ridley Scott moved from a background in advertising to directing some of the finest blockbusters of the modern era. Here are five films when Scott was at his very best.

    Friday, November 28, 2014


  • 10 great films set in the next 25 years

    Will the next quarter of a century bring us hoverboards? Or sentient phone operating systems? Or even nuclear apocalypse? These 10 classic futuristic movies think so …

    Thursday, November 13, 2014


  • 10 great films about aliens visiting Earth

    They come in peace… or else to bring about the annihilation of the human race. With David Bowie’s turn as The Man Who Fell to Earth lighting up our Sci-Fi weekend, we count down 10 of the best movies about extraterrestrials coming to our planet.

    Thursday, August 21, 2014


  • 10 great Vietnam war films

    With Michael Cimino’s Oscar-winning epic The Deer Hunter back in UK cinemas, we take a tour of duty around 10 of the best Vietnam war movies.

    Thursday, July 31, 2014


  • Dennis Hopper: 10 essential performances

    As the brilliant yet volatile talents of actor-director Dennis Hopper are remembered with a BFI Southbank season and Royal Academy exhibition, we count down his top 10 greatest performances.

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014


  • Follow our BFI Gothic blog

    Keep up with all the thrills and chills of our nationwide celebration of gothic film and television.

    Monday, November 4, 2013


  • 12 great moments at the 2013 LFF

    Proposals, standing ovations, heartfelt tributes – here’s a dozen of the most memorable moments from the 57th BFI London Film Festival.

    Wednesday, October 23, 2013


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