Discussing the BAFTAs and Doctor Who on BBC News
Appearing on BBC Mastermind
Introducing Petite Maman at the BFI
Hosting a Q&A with Jay Bedwani and Ila Mehrotra for Film Hub Wales

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.

At university, I edited the film section of Cambridge’s paper, Varsity, from 2017 to 2019, including covering three iterations of the Cambridge Film Festival. In 2018 I interned at Little White Lies which has led to regular contributions, including appearances on the Truth & Movies podcast and interviews with people including Hans Zimmer, Céline Sciamma, Amy Seimetz, Julia Ducournau, and Joachim Trier. My reviews and features appear in most issues of the print magazine.

Beyond LWL, 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, GQ, MASSIVE, Curzon Journal, and MUBI Notebook. I also write regularly about other subjects, including on art for Plinth, and literature for BBC Culture. Much of my research includes women who have been broadly sidelined or misunderstood, including Sylvia Plath, and in March 2022 I presented a paper on Plath’s Letters Home at the Sylvia Plath Across the Century conference.

Other published work has included an essay on Lili Boulanger’s Les sirènes which was specially commended in the inaugural RPS Young Classical Writers Prize in 2021. I have contributed essays to several DVD and blu-ray releases, including on British women documentarians, Jules et Jim, and The Trial of Joan of Arc, all for the BFI, and on The VVitch for Second Sight. I also write and edit video essays which can be found here.

Whilst reading history at Trinity College, Cambridge, I reached the semi-finals of BBC’s University Challenge. I continued quizzing during my MPhil in Film and Screen Studies, appearing on Brain of Britain, Mastermind, and Counterpoint. After graduating, I worked on University Challenge as a researcher, writing picture and music questions from 2020 until 2023.

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 neurodiversity on the Autism Through Cinema podcast.

Feel free to have a look around my website and social media, and please do not hesitate to contact me. I hope to hear from you soon!

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