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Michael Pattison is a writer and film critic from Gateshead, England. His writing has been published by Sight & Sound, the BFI, Reverse Shot, MUBI, VICE, Fandor, Indiewire, RogerEbert.com, The Guardian, Playboy, Film Comment, Filmmaker, Cineaste, Senses of Cinema, Little White Lies, The Calvert Journal, Tribune, kolik.film, KINO!, Ekran, SIRP 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). His booklet essays for home entertainment releases include the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Collection (Arrow), The Driller Killer (Arrow), and The Last Detail (Indicator).

In August 2016, Michael joined the programming team at Alchemy Film and Arts Festival. As a programming consultant and/or Q&A moderator, he has also worked for the Viennale, Crossing Europe (Linz), Bradford International Film Festival, Kino Otok (Izola), IndieLisboa (Lisbon), CurtoCircuíto (Santiago de Compostela) and Seville European Film Festival.

Michael has tutored workshops for aspiring critics at Warsaw Film Festival, Dokufest (Prizen), ZubrOFFka Short Film Festival (Białystok), Black Nights Film Festival (Tallinn), Curtas Vila do Conde and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. He has appeared on juries at festivals in Cartagena de Indias, Warsaw, Ljubljana, Marseille, Palić, Drama, Thessaloniki, Bratislava, Lisbon, Lecce, Santiago de Compostela, Lima, Bradford and Pančevo.

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 the psychogeographic dérive.

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