Simon is Archive Projects Curator at the BFI. Working across the organisation’s digital platforms, with filmmakers and on broadcast collaborations, he helps bring the riches of the BFI National Archive to a wider audience. Simon is a regular programme contributor to BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival and in 2017 curated the two-month BFI Southbank season Gross Indecency: Queer Lives Before & After the ’67 Act. He was archive consultant on the feature documentaries Queerama (Daisy Asquith, 2017) and Arcadia (Paul Wright, 2018).
Simon is a graduate of the University of East Anglia’s Film Archiving MA, during which he was the first archive intern at Francis Ford Coppola’s production company American Zoetrope in San Francisco. After joining the BFI in 2005, he worked on the launch and programming of BFI Mediatheques around the UK and helped launch the BFI’s YouTube channel. His writing has appeared in Sight & Sound and the BFI Compendiums 39 Steps to the Genius of Hitchcock, Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film and Who Can You Trust?: The Thriller in Film and Television.