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Thirza Wakefield

Thirza Wakefield is a freelance journalist. She writes film criticism for Sight & Sound, BFI and Little White Lies, and was the winner of Sight & Sound’s 2011 Women on Film competition. She has written on culture and the arts for Granta, The Spectator and The White Review.

She tweets @thirzawakefield.

Articles by Thirza Wakefield

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  • Archives online: British Pathé’s Death Jump – Eiffel Tower (1912)

    In the first of a series sampling the treasures of online film archives, Thirza Wakefield ponders capes, death masks and the eerie intimacy of the camera in a four-minute memento mori.

    Sunday, September 21, 2014


  • 10 great films set in Berlin

    With the return to cinemas of Fritz Lang’s groundbreaking thriller M, about a manhunt for a serial killer on the streets of the German capital, we take a tour through 10 of the best Berlin movies.

    Thursday, September 4, 2014


  • 10 great really long films

    To watch all of the films on this week’s list, you’ll need over 65 hours. Heralding the release of Lav Diaz’s monumental epic Norte, the End of History, here are 10 film giants that stretch to four hours or (way) beyond.

    Thursday, July 17, 2014


  • 10 great films set in the swinging 60s

    It’s 50 years since the Beatles movie A Hard Day’s Night helped put a swing in the step of 60s British cinema, heralding London’s emergence as the epicentre of hip fashion, art and music. Here are 10 of the best swinging London films that followed in its wake.

    Thursday, July 3, 2014


  • Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014: literary champions abide

    David Tedeschi and Martin Scorsese’s The 50 Year Argument and Kevin Cameron’s Alasdair Gray: A Life in Progress both essay mind maps of wordsmiths against the tide, finds Thirza Wakefield.

    Saturday, June 28, 2014


  • Archived-in-skip: Peter Sellers’ Bestsellers trio

    Thirza Wakefield seizes a rare encounter with three Peter Sellers B shorts: the rare Cold Comfort and nearly lost Insomnia is Good for You and Dearth of a Salesman.

    Saturday, May 17, 2014


  • James Dean, teenager

    In the early rock ‘n’ roll era, James Dean’s bright flash of three films before his tragic death spoke to an adolescent audience like never before.

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014


  • 10 great films at the funfair

    As the 700-year-old Goose Fair returns to Nottingham, get your share of bright lights and white-knuckle rides with our 10 classic funfair movies.

    Thursday, October 3, 2013


  • From the Magazine

    Film of the week: The Place Beyond the Pines

    Blue Valentine writer-director Derek Cianfrance moves his ambitions up several gears with this expansive, bifurcated epic about adolescent sons and absent fathers, writes Thirza Wakefield.

    Friday, April 12, 2013

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  • Beau Brum: remembering the Birmingham Arts Lab

    How the 1960s and 70s counter-cultural hub movement took root in England’s second city.

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013


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