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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 and EyeforFilm, he also guests on BBC World Service’s The Arts Hour, 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) and 30-Second Cinema (Ivy Press ). 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, Eureka!’s Journey to the Shore and Second Sight’s World On A Wire. He has served on juries for the inaugural Soho Horror Film Festival 2018, and for Fantasporto 2019.