Book Chapter on Hitchcock and Herrmann

I was delighted to contribute a chapter to the volume Partners in Suspense: Critical Essays on Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann which was edited by Steve Rawle and K.J. Donnelly and published by Manchester University Press in December 2016.

My chapter is entitled ‘On The Road with Hitchcock and Herrmann: Sound, Music and the Car Journey in Vertigo (1958) and Psycho (1960)’

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Masters of Cinema – Conversation Piece

I wrote a booklet essay for the new Masters of Cinema edition of Luchino Visconti’s Conversation Piece.


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BBC Radio Scotland – Tuesday Review

On Tuesday 12th July, I joined Fiona Shepherd and David Eustace on The Janice Forsyth Show‘s Tuesday Review panel to discuss Róisín Murphy’s new album Take Her Up To Monto, BBC 6 Music’s The First Time with…Yoko Ono and the new series of Channel 4 comedy Man Down.

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Adapting Miss Highsmith

I wrote on all twelve films in Filmhouse’s touring season of Patricia Highsmith adaptations. The season began on Friday 8th July with Alfred Hitchcock’s 1951 adaptation of Strangers on a Train and will continue with titles such as Plein Soleil (René Clément), Le meurtrier (Claude Autant-Lara), The Glass Cell (Hans W. Geissendörfer), The American Friend (Wim Wenders), Deep Water (Michel Deville), The Talented Mr Ripley (Anthony Minghella) and more.


To read all my twelve pieces, and to find out about screenings near you in summer/autumn 2016, please visit

EIFF Lecture – Colour in Contemporary Cinema

On 20th June, I gave a sell-out public lecture at the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival on ‘Colour in Contemporary Cinema’. In the talk, I discussed the use of colour in recent films by directors such as Claire Denis, Nicolas Winding Refn, Denis Villeneuve and Wes Anderson.

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