Nathaniel Newman

Film/Lit grad Nathaniel Newman is currently doing an MA in Creative Writing. He kindly returned to the department to talk to The Practice of Film Criticism students about what he’s learned from doing a degree that focusses on practice and delves into more personal and poetic areas than are usually required of an academic essay; a process that involves the making and taking of criticism from colleagues, and that thus requires the creation of a safe and respectful context in which that can flourish.

In the excerpt from his talk below Nathan talks about the value of studying cinema, of reading and writing closely, of criticism as an act of empathy, of how the nicest thing you can do is pay attention and on the value of an honest opinion backed up by real formal, technical and philosophical arguments. Lovely and useful

José Arroyo

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