David Morrison

Freelance Editor and Film Journalist

Location icon United Kingdom

I'm a freelance editor with experience in digital content editing, copy editing, content management and film journalism.

I've worked as an editor for BMJ and Thomson Reuters, have written for BFI screenonline, Total Film, LOVEFiLM and Close-Up Film, and I've contributed a book chapter to Framing Film: Cinema and the Visual Arts (Intellect). I used to work in music and film distribution, and I have a PhD in Film Studies.

I'm always interested in any arts-related assignments, so if you like my work please get in touch.

Portfolio
Close-Up Film
04/08/2016
Couple in a Hole (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

Cinema has long been attracted to wilderness survival tales, perhaps because so few of us ever undergo such physically and emotionally demanding feats. The films tend to emphasise the beauty but also the uncaring savagery of nature, the harshness of the elements, and there is usually at least one gruesome 'dining' scene - think of Leonardo DiCaprio eating raw bison liver in The Revenant.

Close-Up Film
05/15/2015
The Tribe (Plemya) (18) | Close-Up Film Review

The Tribe arrives having been much heralded at film festivals, from its debut at Cannes last year through to its must-see status at the LFF. For critics who feel they've seen everything, Miroslav Slaboshpitsky's tale of gang crime in a deaf boarding school, with all conversation conducted in Ukrainian sign language (no subtitles provided), proves that cinema can still surprise.

Screenonline
BFI Screenonline: Reach for the Sky (1956)

Based on Paul Brickhill's biography of Douglas Bader, Reach For The Sky (d. Lewis Gilbert, 1956) is a celebration of one man's heroism. While many 1950s war films highlighted the value of strong leadership, few concentrated so singlemindedly on the exploits of one man.

Screenonline
BFI Screenonline: Children on Film

Convincingly representing childhood experience in any creative medium is notoriously difficult. In film, quite apart from the well-documented problems of directing child actors, there is the question of approach to consider, since representations of children vary greatly, from nostalgic portraits of innocence, through to dark, disturbing, and nightmarish visions.

Screenonline
BFI Screenonline: Jungle Book (1942)

This first screen adaptation of Kipling's well-loved stories was created to exploit the commercial popularity of its boy star, Sabu, first seen in director Zoltán Korda's earlier Elephant Boy (1937).

Close-Up Film
06/19/2012
Woody Allen: A Documentary (TBC) | Close-Up Film Review

Curb Your Enthusiasm director and executive producer Robert Weide has been granted unprecedented access to Woody Allen for a feature length documentary on the comic filmmaker. Given Allen's private nature, the prospect of gaining insight into this iconic New Yorker's creative process is an enticing one.

Screenonline
BFI Screenonline: Winslow Boy, The (1948)

Terence Rattigan's stage play, The Winslow Boy, was based on the famous Archer-Shee case, which became something of a cause célèbre due to extensive newspaper coverage.

The Cinematic Canvas
09/13/2015
Review: Pollock (US, 2000)

Jackson Pollock is perhaps America's most mythic artist. Hailing from Cody, Wyoming, Pollock wouldn't have looked out of place in a Marlboro advert (though he was certainly never the cowboy some assumed). His hard drinking, manly attitude fits with a culture that venerates masculine rebel figures and his image has become iconic as that of...

Close-Up Film
10/25/2013
The Selfish Giant - Film Review

Clio Barnard’s first feature, The Arbor, told the story of Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar via the unusual method of actors lip‐synching to recordings of real life testimonies.

Screenonline
BFI Screenonline: League of Gentlemen, The (1960)

Something of an update on the Ealing tradition, The League of Gentlemen marked the debut release of the consortium Allied Film Makers (AFM), combining the former Ealing producer/director partnership Michael Relph and Basil Dearden, as well as Richard Attenborough, Bryan Forbes, Jack Hawkins and his brother.

LOVEFiLM
03/09/2011
His and Hers - Film Review

“A man loves his girlfriend the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.” So begins director Ken Wardrop’s award-winning feature debut…

Close-Up Film
09/07/2012
Lawless - Film Review

The words “based on a true story” always make me wonder how closely onscreen events tally with historical fact. In the case of John Hillcoat’s Lawless...

The Cinematic Canvas
02/21/2016
Review - Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015)

When most people think of Peggy Guggenheim, they probably think of three things: art, money and sex. What better subject for a documentary then than the extraordinary life of the 20th century's most influential modern art collector. Despite the famous name it's no exaggeration to suggest that the particulars of Peggy Guggenheim's life remain relatively...

Screenonline
BFI Screenonline: Tom Brown's Schooldays (1916)

Based on Thomas Hughes' 19th Century classic, Tom Brown's Schooldays recounts the adventures of a boy's youth, with three actors playing Tom at different ages. The film follows the young Tom as he begins life at Rugby, confronting school bully Flashman and befriending Harry East.

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