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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, VODzilla.co, SciFiNow, Scene360, EyeforFilm, Rue Morgue and Dirty Movies, he also guests on BBC World Service’s The Arts Hour, podcasts for Truth & Movies, and is a programmer for the London Korean Film Festival. He joined the Online Film Critics Society in 2007 and the London Film Critics’ Circle in 2009.
Anton has contributed writing to the books Directory of World Cinema: Britain 2 (Intellect), World Film Locations: Sydney (Intellect), Cattet & Forzani (Queensland Film Festival), 30-Second Cinema (Ivy Press ) and Strickland (Queensland Fim Festival). He has essays in the home release booklets for Arrow’s Koyaanisqatsi, Donnie Darko, Audition, We Are The Flesh, The Villainess, Blade of the Immortal, Dave Made A Maze, Climax, Mega Time Squad, Akio Jissôji: The Buddhist Trilogy, One Missed Call Trilogy, I See You, Jesus Shows You The Way To The Highway (on Crumbs), Bloodhound and Threshold; Eureka!’s Journey to the Shore and Werewolf; and Second Sight’s World On A Wire, The Strangers and Paranormal Activity. He has recorded an audio commentary for Arrow’s Jesus Shows You The Way To The Highway (with Alexandra Heller-Nicholas), and a video essay for Arrow’s The Deeper You Dig. He has served on juries for the inaugural Soho Horror Film Festival 2018 and 2019, Fantasporto 2019 (Fantasy) and 2020 (Director’s Week), GrimmFest 2019 and Grimmfest Easter Edition 2021, and Fractured Visions 2019.