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 have developed this 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 have since appeared on Truth & Movies several times and recent interviews include Hans Zimmer and Céline Sciamma.

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 have written movie and TV news articles for Flicks UK and Screen Rant, and have had features published by Girls on Tops, Sight & Sound, and MUBI Notebook. I also write about other topics, such as Sylvia Plath, for BBC Culture.

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 to accommodate self-expression. In 2020 I graduated with an MPhil in Film and Screen Studies, and in 2021 I appeared on Brain of Britain and Mastermind. 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 and discussing the relationship between film and autism. Feel free to have a look around my website and social media – I hope to hear from you soon!

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