About

Simon Hitchman

I am a writer and film historian with an MA (Distinction) in Film and Television Studies from Birkbeck, University of London. I am the editor and main contributor to http://newwavefilm.com, the leading online resource on the subject of the French New Wave and other New Wave film movements of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, including the British New Wave, the Czech New Wave and the New Hollywood American New Wave. My writing for the website has been cited by authors, lecturers and university students in the UK, Europe, the US and Canada. Through the website I have promoted film seasons with the Institut Français, the British Film Institute and the Barbican cinema. My interviewees for the website have included director Alain Jessua; Geoff Andrew, head of film programming at the BFI; Serge Toubiana, former editor of Cahiers du Cinéma and manager of the Cinemathéque; Kent Jones, documentary filmmaker and director of the New York Film Festival; and Raymond Cauchetier, the photographer of many of the most famous images of the Nouvelle Vague.

Independently of the website, I have written reviews for Sight & Sound magazine, the BFI website, Mubi and playlouder.com, and programme notes for film screenings by the London Screen Studies Collection.

My fictional writing includes short films, plays and feature film screenplays, including The Guantanamo Boys ­– a true story set during the Cuban revolution; Assassin of the Children – a thriller co-written with David Sherwin (If.…); and The Heart of a Traitor – a 17th century historical drama. These screenplays have been in development with The Gersh Agency, Film4, David Barron productions and Starfield Films.

In addition to writing about film, I have been a professional documentary filmmaker for over 25 years. My work has been shown on television, at festivals and on the internet. For examples of my film work please visit my website here at simonhitchman.com