Ryan Kent (Editor)

With his possessions tied in a handkerchief at the end of a bindle stick, Ryan searched for his fortunes in both Lancashire and Yorkshire before settling back in Manchester.

He concedes he would have made it as a professional footballer were it not for his puddle-dodging antics on a rainy match day for the Clifton Cubs group in 1995.

He holds a special place in his heart for Le fils, Heat, The Tenant, Nil By Mouth and The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Simran Hans (Editor)

Simran is hopelessly devoted to David Fincher, though she thinks The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was “a terrible mistake”.

She has written for Film4.comThe GuardianSight & Sound, and Manchester’s international centre for contemporary visual art and independent film, Cornerhouse. She also sat on the Youth Jury at Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2013. Check out her personal blog and/or follow her on Twitter @heavier_things.

David Blakeslee
Since 2009, David has been systematically writing about films from the Criterion Collection according to their original theatrical release dates. His blog, Criterion Reflections, currently focuses on the early 1960s. He’s also a regular writer and occasional podcaster for He lives in Michigan USA, where he teaches social work skills for a living. You can find him on Twitter here.

Beatrice Boatto
A communications specialist since 2007, she has worked in both advertising and arts organisations. She likes French cinema, long walks and making useless phone calls. Born and raised in Venice, she now lives in Liverpool. Talk to her on Twitter @fraulein_bea or read her rarely updated blog,

Melanie Cheung
Amongst the films she considers worth giving up her valuable reading time for are Gas Food Lodging, Dr. Zhivago, Ninotchka, Japanese Story and 5 Centimeters Per Second.

John Dobson
Embracer of the subtitled, the silent, the slapstick and the spaghetti western, John used cinema to escape a late ’70s/early ’80s Yorkshire upbringing and continues to use it to forget following a largely terrible football team and the harsh realities of having to work for a living. Zatoichi, Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, Zorba The Greek and other films not beginning with Z feature high on his list of recommended viewing. He’s also a serial tweeter.

Michael Ewins
From the sublime to the sordid, the arthouse to the grindhouse, Michael began writing about world cinema in 2009, and has been muddling on ever since. His favourite films include MagnoliaLove And DeathHarold And Maude and Claire’s Knee. His filmic obsessions are German Expressionism, films of the Third Reich, French and Japanese New Waves, exploitation cinema, and 60s / 70s cinema from Hungary / Poland. He’s also an obsessive reader and tweeter.

Jo Gewirtz
Jo is a fledgling filmmaker and director of shorts, music videos, docs, ads and occasional drunken Blair Witch parodies, artistic director of Schmucks Theatre, and a film grad far too stuck on Bernard Herrmann. You can chat to her @JoGewirtz and check out her work on Vimeo here.

Rebecca Gillie
Final year language student at the University of Oxford and James Cagney obsessive, Rebecca writes about old-time (and sometimes new) cinema at her blog, and about women in cinema for Lips Together and Blow. She likes pre-Code smut, Thomas Mitchell and period accuracy. She hates confusing fight scenes and anything shot on digital. She is almost always on Twitter.

Tina Hassannia
Tina Hassannia is a Persian-Canadian film critic residing in Toronto, Canada. Cinephilia, that OCD-rewarding fascination with humanism and aesthetic transcendentalism, ultimately saved Tina from a quarterlife crisis in which she seriously considered making awful life decisions like working an office job. You can find her on Twitter here.

Lucia Hodgson
A former film and politics student, Lucia is the current film columnist for MKNews and writes about cinema for her own blog, That Was Good. You can find her on Twitter here.

Krystyna Hunt
Krystyna Hunt is a freelance writer and film critic living in Toronto, Canada. Her own film criticism blog Cherchez La Female focuses on how women are portrayed in the movies. You can find her on Twitter here.

Maya Korn
A former literature student and newly graduated Film Masters student, Maya’s filmic tastes have a touch of the strange and unusual. Having just returned from the bright lights of the entertainment industry in Hollywood she is trying to find her niche in London. A self-confessed culture vulture, when she’s not watching or writing about films she’s running around trying to uncover the creative heart of cities for her blog. You can find her on Twitter here.

Avalon Lyndon
SOHK.TV co-editor, part-time blogger and all-the-bloody-time Twitter addict, Avalon is trying to forge her way through the murky waters of the film industry. (Almost) anything by Almodóvar, Godard or Park Chan-wook gets a big thumbs up. You can find her on Twitter here.

Michael Lyons
Fresh from graduating at the University of Manchester, with a Geography degree in hand, Michael is ready to embark on a journey into the working world. A manic cinephile with a passion to write, he hopes to infiltrate the film industry, aided by his Irish wit and charm. He has contributed pieces to the Mancunion student paper, the Cornerhouse website, and also owns his very own film blog. Follow him on Twitter to read about his adoration of Wes Anderson.

Sebastian Manley
Sebastian lives in Whitechapel in London, where he runs his own copy-editing business, Manley Editorial. He holds a PhD in film studies from the University of East Anglia and writes on animals in film for his blog, The Cinematic Animal. You can find him on Twitter here.

Joseph McDonagh
Joseph is a film graduate and freelance critic born and raised in Bristol who is currently residing in Leeds. Spending most of his time devouring film history texts from cover to cover, he believes passionately in a highly informed mode of critique that is enlightening as well as entertaining. Some of his favourite films include: The Kid, The Passion Of Joan Of Arc, Vertigo, and Taxi Driver. You can follow him on Twitter here and enjoy his writing for his personal blog here.

Rob Munday
Rob has written for the Little White Lies website and He makes short films too. Previous screenings include the BFI London Film Festival and SXSW. A couple of Rob’s favourite movies are L’Atalante and A Matter Of Life And Death. His Vimeo website can be found here.

Christina Newland
Christina Marie Newland is a freelance film critic/academic originally from New York, but currently transplanted in Nottingham, UK. She has been published with Thought Catalog, Bright Lights Film Journal, Film Matters Magazine and Periodical. Find her on twitter @christinalefou or at her blog, The Betamax Revolt.

Victoria O’Rourke
Victoria has recently become a film and photography graduate and thrust into this thing called real life. She is enthusiastic about Sherlock Holmes, cats, Enid Coleslaw, and the idea of these all coming together. In late 2012 she will be writing world class, award-winning blog posts about her journey into theatre, directly from the Lee Strasberg Institute NYC. You can find her on Twitter here.

Abbi Roberts
A former film and literature student, Abbi is now a part-time writer based in the UK. She writes both fiction and non-fiction and has also been seen in Full Stop. As well as writing, she also enjoys photography and is a world expert procrastinator. You can find her on Twitter here.

Pablo Luis González-Rueda
Originating from Chile, Pablo later moved to the UK. He writes about cinema on his blog, Cinema | Architecture and is a prominent photographer, capturing life on Britain’s Northern streets. His photos can be seen on his tumblr. You can find him on Twitter here.

Josie Sampson
Josie finds a way to combine a love for film with one of fashion on her own blog, Film Reel Fashion. You’ll also find her blogging for fashion sites miinto and

Abbie Saunders
Abbie is a Cambridge literature graduate hailing from Essex. She was initiated into the world of film via the collected works of Hitchcock, and now obsesses over surrealism, neo-noir, and short film. Usually found watching anything by David Lynch, Jean Luc-Godard, or, for the millionth time, trying to make sense of Alain Resnais’ L’Année dernière à Marienbad. Find her on Twitter at @abbieaisleen.

Jonathan Schwab
Born and raised somewhere between Frankfurt and Boston, Jonathan currently studies film in West London and enjoys the life of a young idealist. He believes in cinema as an art form and refuses to give up the search for his favourite movie. His aspirations as a filmmaker began amidst his childhood toy collection and have led him here, so far

Adam Scovell
A music student specialising in film music, when he’s not obsessively watching and writing about film, he can be found playing jazz guitar in seedy clubs and making short films. He has a lot of love for Andrei Tarkovsky, F For Fake, Hammer Horror and Ingmar Bergman. He writes over at the website

Rob Ward
Despite being an avowed atheist, Rob teaches English in a Catholic School. When he’s not Hailing Mary with his fingers crossed behind his back, he contributes scribbles about cinema for various websites and his own blog. His idols are Bill Hicks, George Carlin, Haruki Murakami and Inigo Montoya. He despises Tom Hanks.

Stephanie Whalley
A freelance writer and Film and Sociology student at the University of Manchester, Stephanie runs Spektrast Magazine and has written for various websites and publications including Flux Magazine and Little Black Dress. You can find her on Twitter here.

Gemma Wildgoose
Biro, laptop, pencil, blood. Gemma has written in all these mediums and more. Usually about films, sometimes about pop culture, occasionally about theatre. Always with (an attempt at) humour. Award-winning advertising copywriter by day. Critic, reviewer and general waffler by night, Gemma is a fan of comedy, bargain DVDs and cups of tea — preferably all at the same time. Say hello at @gemwildgoose or have a gander at her stuff on Manchester’s Finest and her blog about movies she’s never seen, Unseen Reviews.

Craig Williams
Craig is a passionate lifelong cinephile based in North London. He is a devotee of art-house cinema whose principal areas of interest are French cinema and classic Hollywood. He is a denizen of the BFI on London’s Southbank and watches hundreds of films a year.  His favourite films are Casablanca, Raging Bull and Les Enfants du Paradis. You can find him on Twitter here.

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