Katherine McLaughlin

Freelance Journalist

United Kingdom

Film, music, TV and culture writer and broadcaster covering international film festivals around the world and conducting interviews with actors, directors, musicians and celebrities. Current outlets include Sight & Sound, BFI, The List, SciFiNow, Vice, BBC Radio Scotland.

A year of lockdown: the screen culture that got us through it

The James Bond movies had never held much appeal for me before 2020. I'd seen three or four in the past and been entertained but never really enthralled. Stuck in the house in those early days of lockdown one, in dire need of both escapism and a project, I decided to watch all 24.

British Film Institute
Where to begin with Gregg Araki

Gregg Araki movies come peppered with beautiful people, bold fashion statements, tongue-in-cheek humour and overt pop culture references. Yet behind it all there is a strong personal and political conviction, as he responds to homophobia or confronts backward attitudes. His radical films speak to the outsider spirit, rejecting heterosexuality as the norm.

The 1990s Singaporean road trip movie that is finally being released

"Only kids could've pulled this off - thank God for teenagers and teenage mania!" exclaims Sandi Tan. In 1992, as an ambitious teenager herself, Tan came up with the idea of making a road trip movie across Singapore - a country where it takes about 40 minutes to drive from one side to the other.

10 great Japanese ghost stories

Up until the late 1960s, yurei (ghost) films were released in the summer in Japan to tie in with traditional Buddhist Obon celebrations, or the Festival of Spirits. Religion, literature, military history, folklore, kabuki theatre and oral storytelling are all hugely influential on the Japanese ghost movie, as is the belief in animism, the idea that literally everything on earth possesses a spiritual essence.

The Face
Queen & Slim: lovers on the run

It's a chilly January afternoon and, in a suite in a hotel in Soho, central London, the Queen & Slim press junket is in full swing. All day Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith, the film ​'s two stars, have been pulled into different rooms for separate press engagements.