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

Michael's criticism has been published by Sight & Sound, the British Film Institute, Reverse Shot, MUBI, VICE, Indiewire, RogerEbert.com, the Guardian, Playboy, Film Comment, Filmmaker, Cineaste, Senses of Cinema, Little White LiesFandorCalvert 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) 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 Arts 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.

Criticism Workshops
Michael has tutored workshops of various sizes for aspiring critics and journalists, at festivals including Warsaw Film Festival, Dokufest (Prizen), ZubrOFFka Short Film Festival (Białystok), Black Nights Film Festival (Tallinn), Curtas Vila do Conde, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and Cinema Rediscovered (Bristol).

Jury Duty
Since 2013, Michael has participated on 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 Bari.

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. In September 2016, he began a practice-based PhD at Newcastle; his project, which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, responds to questions of urban space, structural film and walking. His most recent film, Lea River Bridges, received its world premiere at London's East End Film Festival in 2017.

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