Robin has worked in film exhibition, distribution, marketing and archiving for 20 years. He has worked extensively as a film programmer, including as co-director of the London Children’s Film Festival, co-programmer of the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and director of the Southampton Film Festival. In 2001 he was part of the team that established the Independent Cinema Office.
In 2005 he joined the BFI to oversee the curation of the BFI Mediatheques. His recent research includes work on the BFI’s extensive collection of non-fiction films shot in pre-Independence India. He has written and directed two short films, Seafood (2004) and Christmas Merry (2005). His radio play Elephant and Castle was broadcast by BBC Radio 4 in 2008. Robin wrote and presented the 13-part series The Art of Cinema (Artsworld) and was one of the presentation team of BBC2’s The Home Movie Roadshow (2010).