Hadley Freeman

Hadley Freeman

The 2018 Philip French Memorial Lecture

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Tue 16 October 2018

Hadley Freeman

The 2018 Philip French Memorial Lecture

Hadley Freeman
Tue 16 October 2018,

Philip French was Britain’s foremost film critic – well-informed, widely-read, with a deep understanding of the practicalities of film-making and a taste for elaborate puns – and legions of readers of his regular reviews in the Observer and essays in Sight and Sound were devoted to his work.

French was educated at Bristol Grammar School, and his first job as a professional journalist was on the Bristol Evening Post. Bristol was important to him in developing his love for and knowledge about cinema and Bristol Festival of Ideas is delighted to be organising and hosting this annual lecture devoted to his memory.

In the third Philip French Lecture – instituted with the Observer to celebrate his life and work and the qualities he stood for – Hadley Freeman (Guardian columnist and author of Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned from Eighties Movies) explores what it was that made French’s writing so special, and how he inspired a whole generation not just to love movies but to love movie writing. She talks about how he supported her in her own work, and discusses the role of a columnist today.

Image credit: Linda Nylind

 

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