Contributors and Reviewers


F. Maurice Speed; (1911–1998)

An English film critic who created two innovative and long-lasting publications: the listings magazine What's On in London (which ran from 1935 until 2007) and later the Film Review annual, which began in 1944 and in 2014 celebrated its 69th edition. James Mason was a close personal friend.


James Cameron-Wilson

Film critic, broadcaster and wordsmith. Forbidden from watching movies as a child, he decided to be a professional film critic and began reviewing for What's on in London. He has since reviewed for Sky TV, BBC radio, Talk Radio, the What's On Magazine Group, Film Review, The Times, The London Paper and Filmstar. He currently reviews all the new releases on Share Radio every Friday on The Business of Film, with Simon Rose firing the questions.



Mansel Stimpson

Mansel Stimpson is a life-long lover of cinema who first wrote reviews for the British Federation of Film Societies and has long been chair of the Eastbourne Film Society. As a professional reviewer he contributed to several sources, but most significantly to What's On In London as reviewer and interviewer for some 20 years until the magazine closed. For the past eight years he has been chief reviewer and co-editor of the annual Film Review. In addition to writing many articles on classical music he has also published his memoir No Drum To Beat. 



Michael Darvell

Michael Darvell trained as a librarian at Watford and in Surrey before joining Ealing Libraries where he became Music Librarian for the borough. He edited Masthead, the magazine of the University of North London School of Librarianship, The Surrealist, the staff magazine of Surrey County Library, and contributed to the Assistant Librarian and London Librarian professional journals. A freelance film reviewer since 1970, he has written for Film, Films Illustrated, Film Review, Movie Maker and Radio Times, as well as editing Montage, the London film societies magazine, for ten years. A change of career saw him joining What’s On In London as Features Editor and he eventually stepped into the shoes of the late F. Maurice Speed (founding father of Film Review annual) as the magazine’s Editor. He has worked with both Maurice Speed and James Cameron-Wilson, executive editor of Film Review annual, and also with Mansel Stimpson who contributed to both What’s On and Montage. As well as writing about films, he has also reviewed theatre for The Stage newspaper, and currently writes about music theatre and cabaret for the Classical Source and Musical Theatre Review websites. He is also a former restaurant critic for the ViewLondon website. He now contributes restaurant reviews to the TripAdvisor website.



George Savvides

George obtained a BA (Honours) in Drama, Art History and Film Studies at Middlesex University before he trained as an actor at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. His most recent film roles include Hassan Ali in Papadopoulos & Sons and Gilles Montand in The Honourable Rebel. He is also the co-producer and one of the judges for the International Playwriting Festival. He started writing film reviews for The Leeds Guide before he became the main film critic for Parikiaki- The Greek Weekly. He has been a contributor to Film Review Annual since 2006.