Kick-off Meeting with our Festival Advisors


On 6 July we were delighted to have the four very busy film professionals and academics together in one place: Tony Rayns, Dr Mark Morris, Dr Jinhee Choi and Dr Anton Bitel. We discussed our key strategies for the 10th edition of the London Korean Film Festival and hopefully for the next decade to come. The festival advisors will take an active role in programming as well as public relations and organisational issues. Please meet our advisors.

Tony Rayns

Tony Rayns is a film critic, commentator, festival programmer and screenwriter. He has written extensively for Sight & Sound, and its predecessor the Monthly Film Bulletin, and previously contributed to Time Out and Melody Maker.

One of the world’s leading experts on Asian cinema, he coordinated the Dragons and Tigers competition for Asian films at the Vancouver International Film Festival 1988-2006 and has provided many DVD commentaries and English subtitle translations for films from Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Thailand.

He has written books about Seijun Suzuki, Wong Kar-wai and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and has been awarded the Foreign Ministry of Japan’s Commendation for services to Japanese cinema.

Dr Jinhee Choi

Jinhee Choi is the senior lecturer in film studies at King’s College London. She was educated at Seoul National University (South Korea) and completed a B.A. and M.A. in Aesthetics. She earned two PhDs—one in Philosophy and the other in Film Studies—at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (United States) and was a postdoctorate/ visiting professor in East Asian Studies and Film Studies at Yale University. She previously taught at Carleton University (Canada) and the University of Kent before moving to King’s College in 2011.

Mark Morris

Mark Morris is Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. Main teaching and research interests include Korean cinema, Japanese cinema, modern Japanese fiction, and the social and cultural history of Japan’s minorities. He is an occasional advisor to the London Korean Film Festival and frequent contributor to Korean film events in London, Cambridge and elsewhere. He is also an associate of online journal The Asian-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. Recent essays focus on connections between earlier Korean films and the contemporary Korean cinema, representations of Japan within Korean cinema, Korean War films and the imaginary of the North in contemporary South Korean film-making.

Anton Bitel

Born in Australia, Anton Bitel has lived in the UK since 1989. After studying Classics at the University of Oxford, he completed a doctorate in Latin literature, and continues to teach ancient languages to Oxford undergraduates. He also works as a film critic with a special interest in East Asian cinema and genre, and regularly freelances for Sight & Sound, Little White Lies and many other publications. He is a member of the Online Film Critics Society and the London Film Critics' Circle.

Simon Ward

Simon started in the industry with London Electronic Arts before moving to the London Film Festival, and then on to be Deputy Director of Cinema at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA London) where he spent three years programming new international cinema, much of which was not in UK distribution. Subsequently, Simon has produced documentaries on various filmmakers, from François Ozon to Wong Kar-wai and contributed to books on UK and US cinema for academic publisher Routledge. Simon has been with the Independent Cinema Office from its inception in 2003 where he programmes a number of UK independent cinemas as well as looking after the ICO’s theatrical distribution acquisitions.