How to be a film critic with Simran Hans

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<span>Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose/The Observer</span>
Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose/The Observer

Over the past year you might have become something of a movie connoisseur, using your evenings to dip into the most highly rated classics, or to taste foreign cult favourites that were sorely overlooked at their release. But have you ever considered putting your perspective onto the page?

There’s more to being a film critic than merely having an opinion about films; you also need to possess a unique voice or take that will entice your audience to either schedule in time to see your recommendations - or place them firmly on their black list. Whether you are versed in the art of journalistic and critical writing or just a budding cinephile, our new masterclass with Observer film critic Simran Hans will provide an informative and engaging foundation for you to begin writing down your critiques - and then get them out into the world.

Course content

  • How to critically watch a film

  • Writing a film review

  • Audio criticism and the podcast format

  • Introduction to the industry landscape and the pitching process

  • Q&A

This course is for…

  • Beginner or early career writers who want to develop their voice as a film critic

  • Film fans who are looking for a framework to be a more critical and engaged viewer

Tutor Profile

Simran Hans is a freelance culture writer and broadcaster based in London. She has been a film critic for The Observer since 2017. You can read her reviews in print every other Sunday or online here. She is co-host of the podcast TwentyTwenty, about pop culture from the year 2000, with music journalist Tara Joshi. She is also a member of the London Critics Circle. Simran’s bylines include BuzzFeed, Dazed, Empire, The Guardian, New Statesman, Sight & Sound, Variety and VICE among others.

Online Workshop

Date: Thursday 3rd June

Time: 6pm - 8pm (BST)