Jonathan Romney



JONATHAN ROMNEY is a film critic, screenwriter and director. His short film L’ASSENZA was made under the BFI/Lighthouse shorts scheme, and stars Stephen Mangan. It has played at festivals worldwide including New York, London LFF, Morelia (Mexico), Leeds IFF, Glasgow, Dublin, Palm Springs, Melbourne and Telluride, and was nominated in the Best Shorts category of the 2013 British Independent Film Awards. It also screens at London’s Raindance this October. He has written and directed two other short films – A SOCIAL CALL (2002, shown at the New York, London, Edinburgh and Rotterdam Film Festivals) and MAN GOES TO THE DOCTOR (2001, in the Film Four/Dazed and Confused ‘Stop For A Minute’ series). He also wrote the short film ONE EYED JACQUES, directed by Richard Clark (2001). With director Fiona Tan, he co-wrote the 2016 feature HISTORY’S FUTURE, which starred Mark O’Halloran, Denis Lavant, Anne Consigny and Manjinder Virk.  Jonathan is the weekly online film critic of Film Comment (New York), and also writes for The Observer, Sight & Sound, Screen International and others; for 12 years, he was film critic at the Independent on Sunday. His books on film are: Atom Egoyan (bfi), Short Orders: Film Writing (Serpents Tail) and Celluloid Jukebox (ed. with Adrian Wootton, bfi). He is the London Film Festival’s programme adviser on French cinema and in 2007 was decorated Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts and des Lettres by the French government. In 2010, he was one of eight participants in the London Film School’s HOTHOUSE, their professional workshop for feature film development.