ABOUT CATHERINE

Film and Television Journalist

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I’m Catherine Pearson, freelance Film and Television Journalist and approved critic for Rotten Tomatoes.

To see my bylines, head to the home page and click on any of the outlets to see my work.

I've also previously written for the Picturehouse Cinemas blog, UK Film Review and InSession Film.

My love for the art of film criticism began when I started listening to BBC Radio 5 Live's Kermode and Mayo's Film Review podcast some time around 2007. Mark Kermode's love and knowledge of film inspired me to explore different film genres and the history of the pictures. Having left a degree course in Acting in 2010, I interviewed for a place at the University of Warwick to study Film and Literature and started my degree in 2014.

 

graduated with a First Class degree in Film and Literature in 2017. I'd already started writing film reviews while at university and had the honour of interviewing Mark Kermode for the University of Warwick's student newspaper The Boar. The key to getting my first paid piece was - as is so often the case - a mixture of making the right connections and determination.

I contacted Simon Brew, the then-editor of Den of Geek (and now founder and editor of Film Stories). I told him I'd seen him at Kermode's show - the same show where I'd interviewed Kermode for my piece - and pitched some ideas to him in a lengthy email. We had a phone chat, discussed the joy of correctly using semicolons and agreed on my first piece.

One of my proudest writing moments so far is having my Den of Geek article 'A Beginners Guide to Wittertainment' discussed on Kermode and Mayo's Film Review. It's a pleasure to have the opportunity to write about film and television and I really hope you enjoy reading my articles.

It's important to know the journalist you're reading. If we have a similar film sensibility, then you're likely to trust my reviews and enjoy my features. So why not have a look at...

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Hello to Jason Isaacs.

CATHERINE IN PICTURES

At the Rome premiere of The Girl In The Spider's Web

Sightseeing before interviewing Claire Foy, Fede Alvarez & Silvia Hoeks

Barry Jenkins is as wonderful as you'd hope

Press passin' it at the LFF 2018

Top treats at the preview screening for Bad Times at the El Royale

Reviewing films on London Film Club

Sigourney Weaver walked down the red carpet just before me!

Accosting James McAvoy at the premiere of Sherlock Gnomes

A very personal piece

The Isle of Dogs exhibition

London Film Club with the wonderful David Brake

A London Film School (awkward) shoot

I used to work here, don'tcha know

With Tim Allen, key animator on Isle of Dogs

Ben Willbond after talking about Horrible Histories

The Grand Tour premiere with my partner

I won an award!

King of folk horror, Reece Shearsmith

Lee Ingleby being lovely

My partner and I grinnin'

When Judd Apatow and Maria Bamford retweeted my Lady Dynamite review

Lots of screenings!

Greg McHugh took my Fresh Meat fangirling well

I'm Vincent Vega

I love Warwick University

Chatting films on London Live

The reason I started writing: Mr Mark Kermode

Mark being wonderful

Hello to Jason Isaacs

I wrote for the Arts desk at The Times

The RSC interviewed me about Hamlet. I was very ill this day.

Don't wanna brag but those are my legs in this Arriva ad

I loved student radio

Before I started writing professionally. I thank Mark for everything.

John Michael McDonagh talked about Calvary

My first ever published piece - a review for The Rex art deco cinema programme