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Robin Baker

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).

Articles by Robin Baker

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  • The Best British TV of 2018

    In 2018 British TV told stories of our nation that were ancient and unfolding, heart-warming and crushingly sad. Here the BFI curatorial team pick their favourite terrestrial TV shows of the year.

    Wednesday, December 12, 2018


  • Exploring India on Film, 1899-1947

    Robin Baker, head curator of the BFI National Archive, discusses the extraordinary collection of early non-fiction films of India that have now been made available online.

    Thursday, August 10, 2017


  • In search of Hitchcock’s Frenzy (and a decent bite to eat)

    Our head curator gets on his bicycle and goes in search of the London locations where the master of suspense shot his 1972 serial killer thriller Frenzy.

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015


  • Cairo’s emerging alternative film scene

    BFI head curator Robin Baker meets some of the pioneering individuals spearheading a cultural revolution in the Egyptian capital.

    Monday, June 15, 2015


  • Hitchcock on the Potemkin steps

    This month Hitchcock made a posthumous visit to Odessa – and Robin Baker, the BFI’s Head Curator, was lucky enough to travel with him.

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014


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