Katherine McLaughlin

Film Critic, writer and Features Editor for SciFiNow

Voted for

Orlando1992Sally Potter
The Wicker Man1973Robin Hardy
Cléo from 5 to 71962Agnès Varda
Mulholland Dr.2001David Lynch
Céline and Julie Go Boating1974Jacques Rivette
Daisies1966Věra Chytilová
The Night of the Hunter1955Charles Laughton
The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover1989Peter Greenaway
Videodrome1983David Cronenberg
Je, tu, il, elle1974Chantal Akerman


I'm drawn to playful, mischievous, dark and avant-garde cinema. The films that have left me floating out of the cinema on a high, hit me like an emotional gut punch or visually attacked my senses made the final cut. Endlessly curious filmmakers who can conjure up a sense of the uncanny, are subversive, have challenged the status quo and crafted insightful, enigmatic or exhilarating portraits of the human condition have made my list.

It was impossible to include them all… Luis Buñuel, Nicolas Roeg, Kelly Reichardt, Lynne Ramsay, Maya Deren, Claire Denis, John Cassavetes, Ingmar Bergman, Éric Rohmer, Takashi Miike, Jean Rollin, Douglas Sirk, Walerian Borowczyk, Céline Sciamma, Stanley Kubrick, Robert Altman, Miranda July, Yasujirô Ozu, Jean-Luc Godard, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Elaine May, Nobuhiko Ôbayashi, Julie Dash, Lizzie Borden and Alan Clarke, to name a few, are absent but on another day and in a different headspace they would have been included.