About UK Film Review

Founded in 2012 by Chris Olson, UK Film Review found its niche amongst the indie filmmaking community by providing reviews of independent cinema, as well as promoting crowdfunding and kickstarters for movie projects.

 

In 2015, Olson took on several new UK film critics in order to expand the scope and reach of the film website, covering theatrical releases, DVD & Blu-ray films, short films, animation and documentaries. The site also conducts interviews with filmmakers, providing an even greater insight into the movie industry from the perspective of those making movies. The team of film critics then grew to over 20 contributors mostly in the UK, as well as the U.S. and Europe.

UK Film Review Podcast

In 2016, UK Film Review launched the UK Film Review Podcast. Guest movie critic Andy Furlong was the main producer of episodes, along with Chris Olson and Alfie Shaw providing numerous episodes along the way. The Podcast achieved a position in the top 10 of the iTunes Film & TV category. 

UK Film Festivals

In 2017, UK Film Review began partnering with several notable UK film festivals, becoming their official Media Partner. These included the London Independent Film Festival (LIFF), High Peak Indie, and Grimmfest. By 2019, UK Film Review had become the official Media Sponsor for over 10 film festivals in the UK and internationally.

UK Film Review Awards

In 2018, UK Film Review launched its very first UK Film Review Awards. The categories included:

Best Film
Best Short Film
Best Indie Film
Best Documentary
Best World Cinema
Best Animated Film
Best Superhero Film
Best LGBTQ Film
Best Director
Best Performance

The winners of the first UK Film Review Awards included Avengers: Infinity War, Roma, indie film Pledge, short film Cotton Wool, female director Stella Velon, and actor Friederike Hammer.
 

UK Film Channel

 

Originally a section of the website where films were embedded to watch online, UK Film Review launched in 2019 a dedicated sister site for UK Film Channel. This VOD platform for short films and indie features combined the love for independent cinema that makes UK Film Review so popular amongst the filmmaking community plus the desire amongst the readership to have a dedicated place to see some of these rare gems.

Meet the UK Film Review Team

Chris Olson

Chris Olson

Founder / Editor-in-Chief

Darren Tilby

Darren Tilby

Sub-Editor

Jack Bottomley

Jack Bottomley

Film Critic

Hannah Sayer

Hannah Sayer

Film Critic

Rachel Pullen

Rachel Pullen

Contributor

Andrew Young

Andrew Young

Contributor

Brady Clark

Brady Clark

Contributor

Hope Madden

Hope Madden

Writer

George Wolf

George Wolf

Writer

Rachel Willis

Rachel Willis

Writer

Matt Weiner

Matt Weiner

Writer

Cat McAlpine

Cat McAlpine

Writer

Brandon Thomas

Brandon Thomas

Writer

Christie Robb

Christie Robb

Writer

Chris Buick

Chris Buick

Film Critic

Shrubaboti Bose

Shrubaboti Bose

Contributor

Alexandra James

Alexandra James

Contributor

Sarah Smeaton

Sarah Smeaton

Contributor

Brian Penn

Brian Penn

Writer

Charlotte Little

Charlotte Little

Film Critic

Benjamin Schofield

Benjamin Schofield

Contributor

Jasmine Holly Bullock

Jasmine Holly Bullock

Contributor

Nathanial Eker

Nathanial Eker

Writer

Will Girling

Will Girling

Writer

Amber Jackson

Amber Jackson

Contributor

Ieuan Walker

Ieuan Walker

Writer

Bruna Foletto Lucas

Bruna Foletto Lucas

Writer

Corey Bulloch

Corey Bulloch

Writer

Kirsty Asher

Kirsty Asher

Writer

Taryll Baker

Taryll Baker

Writer

Owen Herman

Owen Herman

Writer

Alfie Kaye

Alfie Kaye

Contributor

Albert Sowerby-Davies

Albert Sowerby-Davies

Writer

Chris Rose

Chris Rose

Writer

Connor Slatkoff Sharpe

Connor Slatkoff Sharpe

Seth Troyer

Seth Troyer

Joshua Calladine

Joshua Calladine

Robert Stayte

Robert Stayte

Rochelle McLaren

Rochelle McLaren

Lucy Clarke

Lucy Clarke

Tom Wilmot

Tom Wilmot

Jason Knight

Jason Knight

Lisa Ogunmayin

Lisa Ogunmayin

Ian Lunny

Ian Lunny

Lawrence Bennie

Lawrence Bennie

Tom Jay

Tom Jay