Mark Kermode

Mark Kermode is Chief Film Critic for the Observer, co-host of Kermode & Mayo's Film Review on BBC Radio 5 Live, host of his classical music show on Scala Radio and reviewer for the BBC’s News Channel Film Review.

Hailed by Stephen Fry as 'the finest film critic in Britain' he is the author of several books about film, including Hatchet Job and It’s Only A Movie and How Does It Feel? He has written and presented film and music shows on Channel 4, BBC 2 and BBC 4, and on BBC Radio stations 1, 2, 3, 4, 5Live and more. His series on film genres Mark Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema aired on BBC4. It received rave reviews and an exceptional audience reaction.

With his wife Linda Ruth Williams he curates the Shetland Screenplay festival. He holds two Sony Awards for his radio programmes, and his band The Dodge Brothers’ album The Sun Set was voted Blues Album of the Year 2013 by the readers of Spiral Earth. Their new album Drive Train released to high acclaim last year. His monthly stage show Mark Kermode Live in 3D at the BFI Southbank is in its fourth year and has consistently full houses and celebrity film guests, and is podcast on Kermode On Film.

Photo credit: Julie Edwards Photography 


We welcome him as the judge and presenter of the Best International Short category.