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Mark Kermode appointed as Observer chief film critic

The Observer announced today that author and broadcaster Mark Kermode is to become their new resident film critic.

Kermode, who confesses that films have been the "single overwhelming obsession" of his life, will replace Philip French, who will be retiring next month after writing for The Observer for 50 years. The Observer describes Kermode as "a man with an instantly recognisable passion for cinema and a fearlessly independent voice".

Kermode is perhaps best-known for the Friday film review show he currently co-hosts on BBC Radio 5 Live with Simon Mayo, as well as his work on BBC Two's 'The Culture Show'.

Kermode has also written for the Observer for over 10 years, more recently writing a weekly DVD review column. Speaking on his appointment, Kermode said he was "honoured and thrilled" to be taking over and described the paper as "second to none - writing for it has always been a privilege and a joy".

He continued: "When I first started working as a film critic over 25 years ago, Philip's Observer reviews were an inspiration. No-one can match his breadth of knowledge or elegance of expression, but I hope I can bring to the role the passion for cinema which Observer readers expect.

"Philip said to me recently, 'For people in our line of work, the Observer is the best chair in the world'. As always, he is absolutely right."

Sources: The Drum and The Guardian

19/08/13

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