About

21 November 2011


Michael Pattison is a writer, film critic, tutor, programmer and filmmaker from Gateshead.

Criticism
Michael's criticism has been published by Sight & Sound, the British Film Institute, Reverse Shot, MUBI Notebook, VICE, Indiewire, RogerEbert.com, the Guardian, Playboy, Film Comment, Filmmaker, Cineaste, Senses of Cinema, Little White Lies, Fandor, Calvert Journal, Tribune, kolik.film (Austria), KINO! (Slovenia), Ekran (Slovenia), SIRP (Estonia), Virgin Movies and others. He has also reviewed films for BBC Radio.

Michael contributed several essays, including the chapter introduction on documentaries, to Directory of World Cinema: Britain 2 (Intellect 2015).

Liner notes for home video releases include the Rainer Werner Fassbinder CollectionThe Driller Killer (Abel Ferrara 1979), Amour Fou  (2014) and Viva l'Italia (Roberto Rossellini 1961) for Arrow, and The Last Detail (Hal Ashby 1973) and The Reckoning (Jack Gold 1969) for Indicator.

Programming / Q&A Moderation
Michael is part of the programming team at Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival and has also programmed for Bradford International Film Festival. As a programming consultant and/or Q&A moderator, he has worked for the Viennale, Crossing Europe (Linz), Kino Otok (Izola), IndieLisboa (Lisbon), CurtoCircuíto (Santiago de Compostela) and Seville European Film Festival.

Teaching
Michael has tutored workshops of various shapes and sizes for early-career film critics. These include the FIPRESCI Warsaw Critics Project at Warsaw Film Festival (2015-present); the pilot edition of GoCritic! at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (2018); Common Ground Film Criticism at Dokufest in Prizen, Kosovo (2014); and other such workshops at ZubrOFFka Short Film Festival 2014 (Białystok, Poland), Black Nights Film Festival 2015-2016 (Tallinn, Estonia), Curtas Vila do Conde 2016 (Portugal), Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2014 (UK) and Cinema Rediscovered 2017-2018 (Bristol, UK).

Jury Duty
Since 2013, Michael has participated in juries at film festivals in Cartagena de Indias, Warsaw, Ljubljana, Marseille, Palić, Drama, Thessaloniki, Bratislava, Lisbon, Lecce, Santiago de Compostela, Tabor, Lima, Bradford, Łódź, Pančevo and Palo del Colle. You can find a complete list, including fellow jurors and winning films, here.

Education
Michael has a first-class BA (Hons.) degree in Film and English Studies from the University of East Anglia and a distinction-standard MA in Film from Newcastle University. He is currently a practice-based PhD candidate at Newcastle; his project, which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, responds to questions of urban space, structural film and walking. Recent film screenings include:

  • Dead Centre (2017 - 4min)
    European Film Festival Palić (July 2018) - Theatrical Premiere

  • Lea River Bridges (2017 - 35min)
    East End Film Festival (June 2017) - World Premiere
    FeKK (August 2017)
    AmDocs (April 2018) - International Premiere
    Sociological Review Undisciplining Conference (June 2018) - UK Premiere

If you would like to commission Michael for work relating to any of the above, you can contact him at michael.pattison@idfilm.net.