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Lillian Crawford

Writer of all things film, culture, and gender.

About me

I’m a film historian specialising in the representation of female identity in Britain during the 1940s and 1950s. My principal interest is in cinema, with both an academic and a critical eye. I’ve written and edited articles on film and television for the University of Cambridge student newspaper, Varsity, and am a regular contributor and editorial assistant to Little White Lies magazine.¬†

My writing

Little White Lies

I’ve reviewed films from Vertigo to documentaries about Ryuichi Sakamoto and the New York Public Library. My feature articles tend to focus on gender identity and trans* representation, such as in Netflix’s Disclosure. In 2019 I covered the San Sebasti√°n Film Festival, including several first-look previews.

Varsity

I started writing for the Cambridge student newspaper during my first year and soon became Film and TV Editor, a post I held for two years. In addition to writing regular reviews of the latest releases, I covered three iterations of the Cambridge Film Festival and wrote a column on my favourite film soundtracks.

Academic

I wrote my undergraduate dissertation on female experience at Ealing Studios. My MPhil essays ranged from transition in Lukas Dhont’s Girl, labour in Support the Girls and Waitress, Sylvia Plath and her mother in Chantal Akerman’s Letters Home, and a thesis on ballet in Powell and Pressburger’s films.

Get in touch

I’m available for writing, research, talks, and podcasts, and would love to hear from you.