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Thirza Wakefield

Thirza Wakefield is a freelance critic. She has written on film and the arts for Sight & Sound, BFI, Little White Lies and The White Review, and was the winner of Sight & Sound’s 2011 Women on Film competition.

She is currently working as a volunteer at The Cinema Museum, Kennington.

She tweets @thirzawakefield.

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  • 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

    Lists

  • 10 great films set in the swinging 60s

    It’s 50 years since the Beatles movie A Hard Day’s Night helped put a swing in the step of 60s British cinema, heralding London’s emergence as the epicentre of hip fashion, art and music. Here are 10 of the best swinging London films that followed in its wake.

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

    Lists

  • Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014: literary champions abide

    David Tedeschi and Martin Scorsese’s The 50 Year Argument and Kevin Cameron’s Alasdair Gray: A Life in Progress both essay mind maps of wordsmiths against the tide, finds Thirza Wakefield.

    Saturday, June 28, 2014

    Festivals

  • Archived-in-skip: Peter Sellers’ Bestsellers trio

    Thirza Wakefield seizes a rare encounter with three Peter Sellers B shorts: the rare Cold Comfort and nearly lost Insomnia is Good for You and Dearth of a Salesman.

    Saturday, May 17, 2014

    Features

  • James Dean, teenager

    In the early rock ‘n’ roll era, James Dean’s bright flash of three films before his tragic death spoke to an adolescent audience like never before.

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    Features

  • 10 great films at the funfair

    As the 700-year-old Goose Fair returns to Nottingham, get your share of bright lights and white-knuckle rides with our 10 classic funfair movies.

    Thursday, October 3, 2013

    Lists

  • From the Magazine

    Film of the week: The Place Beyond the Pines

    Blue Valentine writer-director Derek Cianfrance moves his ambitions up several gears with this expansive, bifurcated epic about adolescent sons and absent fathers, writes Thirza Wakefield.

    Friday, April 12, 2013

    Reviews and recommendations

  • Beau Brum: remembering the Birmingham Arts Lab

    How the 1960s and 70s counter-cultural hub movement took root in England’s second city.

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

    Features

  • Celeste Holm, 1917-2012

    Veteran post-war American actress of stage and screen, who won her Oscar early.

    Friday, February 8, 2013

    Obituaries

  • LFF blog: The same cloth – Edith Head and Alfred Hitchcock

    The doyenne of Hollywood costume designers was a perfect perfectionist match for the Master of Suspense, finds Thirza Wakefield.

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

    Festivals

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