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 mostly 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 have developed this project through 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 also worked as an editorial assistant on the magazine during the summer of 2020 and recorded my first podcast, on Citizen Kane and David Fincher’s Mank in December.

I edited the film section of Cambridge’s paper, Varsity, from 2017 to 2019, interviewing celebrities from Josh O’Connor to Bryan Cranston and covering three iterations of the Cambridge Film Festival. I write movie and TV news articles regularly for Screen Rant, and have had features published by Girls on Tops and Sight & Sound.

Whilst reading history at Trinity College, Cambridge I reached the semi-final 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 for easier processes of transition and self-expression. In 2020 I graduated with an MPhil in Film.

In 2021 I was specially commended for the inaugural RPS Young Classical Writers Prize for my essay on Lili Boulanger’s Les sirènes.

I’m always looking for opportunities to branch out and contribute to cultural discourse. Feel free to have a look around my website and social media – I hope to hear from you soon!

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