Geoff Andrew is Head of Film Programme at BFI Southbank and a regular contributor to Sight & Sound. He first worked as a cinema programmer at London’s Electric Cinema in the late 1970s. For many years he was Film Editor of Time Out; he remains the magazine’s Contributing Editor, and was Consultant Editor on all editions of the Time Out Film Guide.
In addition to editing the anthology Film: The Critics’ Choice, Geoff has written many books on film. They include studies of the films of Nicholas Ray, Hollywood gangster movies, and American ‘indie’ filmmakers of the 80s and 90s; BFI Modern Classics volumes on Kiarostami’s 10 and Kieslowski’s Three Colours Trilogy; and two critical dictionaries, The Film Handbook and Film Directors A-Z – The Art of the World’s Greatest Film-makers. He has written for numerous anthologies, and contributed commentaries, on-screen introductions and interviews to DVDs. In 2003 he was a member of the Un Certain Regard jury at the Cannes Film Festival, and he has also served on juries at the London, Brussels, Istanbul, Sarajevo and Morelia film festivals. In 2005 he was discussant at a conference on the work of Abbas Kiarostami at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and in 2006 he delivered a lecture on ‘Velazquez and the Cinema’ at the National Gallery. In 2009 the French government made him a Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des letters; he is, among other things, a Francophile.