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Anton Bitel was born in Australia, and has lived in the UK since 1989. Proud father of twins, occasional Classicist and full-time caffeine junkie, he compensates for a general sense of disgruntlement by moping about in darkened screening rooms watching other people’s joys and sorrows. He seeks elusive vicarious thrills from all genres and non-genres, but tends to prefer anything extreme, odd, miserable or tawdry.
He is at home with horror, ‘arthouse’, the avant garde and Asian cinema. A regular freelancer for Sight & Sound, Little White Lies, RealCrime Magazine, VODzilla.co, SciFiNow and EyeforFilm, he has also guested on BBC’s The Film Programme and The Arts Show. He joined the Online Film Critics Society in 2007 and the London Film Critics’ Circle in 2009.