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Thirza Wakefield

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

She tweets @thirzawakefield.

Articles by Thirza Wakefield

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  • 10 great actresses who excel in older roles

    It’s not just Katharine Hepburn who lit up the screen in roles as an older actress. Here are 10 more women who achieved rewarded creativity in their 60s and beyond.

    Friday, March 6, 2015


  • Archives online: Go tell it in the fog

    Thirza Wakefield on a public TV documentary that records (and decryies) the state of racism in San Francisco, 1963, with James Baldwin and more.

    Sunday, February 15, 2015


  • Archives online: Even coracles get the blues (1948-72)

    Thirza Wakefield digs through the Media Archive for Central England to find two visions of a dwindling family of coracle-makers on the River Severn.

    Sunday, January 4, 2015


  • 10 great films about making a fresh start

    With the start of a new year, and the rerelease of Eric Rohmer’s masterpiece The Green Ray in cinemas, here are 10 more classic films that offer possible inspiration for turning over a new leaf and starting over.

    Thursday, January 1, 2015


  • Archives online: Travel Film Archive’s Hong Kong – Gateway to China (1938)

    Thirza Wakefield revisits a time when Hong Kong was still an exotic novelty for the travelling camera, and vice versa.

    Sunday, November 9, 2014


  • London 2014 round-up: Viggo goes west

    From Far from Men’s Algerian Civil War to Jauja’s Patagonian Conquest of the Desert, this year’s festival poster boy for the pioneer spirit of the western was Denmark’s Viggo Mortensen, says Thirza Wakefield.

    Monday, November 3, 2014


  • Archives online: British Pathé’s Death Jump – Eiffel Tower (1912)

    In the first of a series sampling the treasures of online film archives, Thirza Wakefield ponders capes, death masks and the eerie intimacy of the camera in a four-minute memento mori.

    Sunday, September 21, 2014


  • 10 great films set in Berlin

    With the return to cinemas of Fritz Lang’s groundbreaking thriller M, about a manhunt for a serial killer on the streets of the German capital, we take a tour through 10 of the best Berlin movies.

    Thursday, September 4, 2014


  • 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


  • 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


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