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Paul O’Callaghan

After six years working as part of the BFI’s Communications and Digital teams, Paul left us in December 2012 to pursue a writing career. He currently works as a freelance journalist, copywriter and film script reader.

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  • The 10 best Dennis Hopper performances

    As the brilliant yet volatile talents of actor-director Dennis Hopper are remembered with a BFI Southbank season and Royal Academy exhibition, we count down his top 10 greatest performances.

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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  • Follow our BFI Gothic blog

    Keep up with all the thrills and chills of our nationwide celebration of gothic film and television.

    Monday, November 4, 2013

    Features

  • 12 great moments at the 2013 LFF

    Proposals, standing ovations, heartfelt tributes – here’s a dozen of the most memorable moments from the 57th BFI London Film Festival.

    Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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  • 10 great film debuts by actors-turned-directors

    With Joseph Gordon-Levitt the latest actor to step behind the camera, we count down 10 films that have set the bar for actors’ directorial debuts.

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

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  • 10 great breakthrough American indie films

    As Ain’t Them Bodies Saints heralds the arrival of a bright young thing of American independent cinema, we count down 10 great US indie calling cards.

    Thursday, September 5, 2013

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  • The many faces of Lars von Trier

    Lars von Trier has never been shy of sensational subject matter or media notoriety. Paul O’Callaghan offers an introduction to the provocations of one of world cinema’s most divisive directors.

    Friday, May 17, 2013

    Features

  • 10 great comic book films

    With Tom Cruise roaming a depopulated, post-apocalyptic Earth in the latest graphic novel-derived blockbuster, Oblivion, we present 10 great comic book films.

    Thursday, April 11, 2013

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  • Danny Boyle: a career in 10 songs

    From the era-defining Trainspotting soundtrack to his genre-hopping Olympics medley, we chart the evolution of Danny Boyle’s career in 10 key tracks.

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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  • Game-changing game movies

    With directors like J.J. Abrams and Duncan Jones announcing new game-derived projects, has the time has come for a great video game movie?

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

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  • Flirting with screwball

    The zany spirit of Hollywood’s screwball comedies is alive and well in the films of Quentin Tarantino, David O. Russell and the Coen brothers.

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013

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