Philip French Lecture: Christopher Frayling

French without Tears

May/
Sat 28 May 2016

Philip French Lecture: Christopher Frayling

French without Tears

Sat 28 May 2016,

Philip French, who died last year, 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 and Watershed are delighted to be organising and hosting this annual lecture devoted to his memory.

In the first Philip French Lecture – instituted to celebrate his life and work and the qualities he stood for – Christopher Frayling celebrates French’s life and work, examines some of his many contributions to film culture; evaluates his career as a critic and radio producer; traces critics and film-makers he inspired; and re-visits his obsession with the Western.

Image: Philip French

 

 

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