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Lillian Crawford

Film and culture writer

Hi! I’m Lillian and I love films.

Old, new, big, or small – I’ll watch and write about anything. I’m interested in post-war British cinema, and my academic work has applied gender theory to the films of Ealing Studios and Powell and Pressburger. I continue my research on my Substack blog and podcast, Listen to Lillian.

In 2018 I interned at Little White Lies which has led to regular reviews, including coverage of the San Sebastián Film Festival. I have also written several pieces on gender construction and trans* representation in cinema which I am always keen to explore. I worked as an editorial assistant for the magazine during the summer of 2020 and recorded my first podcast, on Citizen Kane and David Fincher’s Mank, in December. I have since regularly appeared on Truth & Movies, and have interviewed high-profile individuals including Hans Zimmer, Céline Sciamma, Amy Seimetz, Julia Ducournau, and Joachim Trier.

At university, I edited the film section of Cambridge’s paper, Varsity, from 2017 to 2019, interviewing actors from Josh O’Connor to Bryan Cranston and covering three iterations of the Cambridge Film Festival. I have written movie and TV news articles for Empire, Flicks UK, and Screen Rant, and have had features published by Girls on Tops, Sight & Sound, and MUBI Notebook. I also write about other subjects, such as Sylvia Plath, for BBC Culture, and in March 2022 I presented my research on Plath’s Letters Home at the Sylvia Plath Across the Century conference.

While reading history at Trinity College, Cambridge, I reached the semi-finals of BBC’s University Challenge and became president of the Cambridge University Quiz Society. I also spent a year as the college’s LGBT+ Officer and introduced measures to accommodate self-expression. In 2020 I graduated with an MPhil in Film and Screen Studies, and I have since appeared on Brain of Britain, Mastermind, and Counterpoint. I now work full time on University Challenge as a researcher, writing picture and music questions.

In 2021 I was specially commended for the inaugural RPS Young Classical Writers Prize for my essay on Lili Boulanger’s Les sirènes. I have also started writing and editing video essays which can be found here.

I’m always looking for opportunities to branch out and contribute to cultural discourse. I am always available to give talks, introductions, or appear on podcasts, which have included speaking at the BFI, on several BBC TV and radio programmes, and discussing the relationship between film and neurodivergence on the Autism Through Cinema podcast.

Feel free to have a look around my website and social media – I hope to hear from you soon!

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