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Josephine Botting

Josephine Botting joined the BFI in 1998 after working for Reuters and other moving image archives. As a curator in the fiction team, she has programmed many archive seasons at BFI Southbank as well as contributing to Sight & Sound and the BFI’s online and digital platforms. She has written chapters for the BFI’s recent books on Alfred Hitchcock and Ealing Studios and does interviews on radio and television about various aspects of film history.

Josephine has a general interest in British cinema, particularly the representation and involvement of women. Outside the BFI, she has written for various publications, mainly on the subject of horror cinema, which was the topic of her MA, and is currently doing a PhD on British director Adrian Brunel.

Articles by Josephine Botting

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  • Honor Blackman obituary: a new-model leading lady

    From the leather-clad crusader of The Avengers to James Bond’s feistiest female foil, Honor Blackman kicked away the cobwebs of British screen femininity in the 1960s, writes Josephine Botting.

    Tuesday, April 21, 2020


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    Peggy Cummins obituary: petite but powerful star

    Josephine Botting remembers the Irish actress who played tough cookies in crime movies and gentle comedies, and is best remembered as a gun-toting femme fatale in the film noir Gun Crazy. 


    Wednesday, January 24, 2018


  • Scenes on the streets of 1960s London: unique films by Joan Littlewood

    A fascinating glimpse of London life and landmarks before the 60s began to swing.

    Friday, October 2, 2015


  • Why I love ... The Brood

    Critics were revulsed by David Cronenberg’s early body-horror film The Brood, but it remains one of the director’s very best movies: frightening, resonant and a highly personal response to Cronenberg’s own private life.

    Friday, November 21, 2014


  • Archiving Joan Littlewood

    In the centenary year of the great theatre director Joan Littlewood, we explore her lesser-known work with film and television, including a hitherto unknown TV pilot she made in India in the 60s.

    Monday, October 6, 2014


  • Remembering Donald Sinden

    Our tribute to the late Sir Donald Sinden, an actor in company with the finest Shakespeareans but who later found fame in the long-running sitcom Two’s Company.

    Friday, September 19, 2014


  • Remembering Joan Fontaine

    With the death of Oscar-winning actor Joan Fontaine, we’ve lost of one of our last remaining links with Hollywood’s golden age.

    Friday, December 20, 2013


  • Jean Kent (1921-2013)

    Like Margaret Lockwood and Phyllis Calvert, her co-stars in Gainsborough’s classic melodramas, the late Jean Kent was one of the great stars of the golden age of British cinema.

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013


  • Vivien Leigh adrift: The Deep Blue Sea

    Vivien Leigh’s underrated performance in the first screen version of The Deep Blue Sea belies the turbulence that beset her private life at the time.

    Thursday, November 21, 2013


  • Why I love ... Night of the Eagle

    This creepy 1962 witchcraft thriller anticipates Rosemary’s Baby and The Stepford Wives in its story of dark forces at work in middle-class suburbia.

    Wednesday, November 13, 2013


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