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Lillian Crawford

Writer of all things cultural, cinematic, and queer.

About me

Lillian Crawford (she/her) is a freelance film and culture writer for publications including Little White Lies, Sight & Sound, Plinth, Girls on Tops, Empire, GQ, Curzon, MUBI, Massive, and BBC Culture. She is also a regular host of the Autism Through Cinema podcast and her own Substack blog and pod Listen to Lillian about queer and female representation in British cinema. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram @lillcrawf.

My writing

Little White Lies

I’ve reviewed all films from the latest documentaries and arthouse releases to major blockbusters. My feature articles often focus on representations of gender, queerness, and mental health. In 2019 I covered the San Sebasti├ín Film Festival and worked as an editorial assistant in 2020. I have also appeared on the Truth & Movies podcast several times and regularly write and edit video essays on dance in cinema for the YouTube channel.

Other by-lines

I was Film and TV Editor at Varsity for two years before going freelance. I have written on female filmmakers for Sight & Sound, Sylvia Plath for BBC Culture, French cinema for MUBI Notebook, and topics including female trauma and Disney princesses for Girls on Tops. As an autistic woman with cPTSD, I have appeared on podcasts including Autism Through Cinema, and introduced Relaxed Screenings at the BFI. I never stop writing.

My research

I wrote my undergraduate dissertation on post-war female experience and Ealing Studios, and my masters thesis on Powell and Pressburger’s use of ballet. I have taught undergraduate classes on post-war cinema in France and Britain at Cambridge, and I now run the Listen to Lillian blog and podcast on Substack. I recently worked as a questions and casting researcher on University Challenge, developing the music and picture rounds.

Get in touch

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