We asked six national critics to select a film that was particularly influential in their career journey. Each critic will introduce their screening and participate in a post-film Q&A.

Catherine Bray presents… Peeping Tom

Critically mauled upon its release, this groundbreaking horror film was released in the same year as Hitchcock’s Psycho and has just as much to say about audiences’ insatiable hunger for terror.

A young man murders women, using a camera to film their dying expressions.

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Catherine Bray is currently the Editorial Director at Film4. She also freelances for the BBC, Channel Five, BFI, The Guardian, Time Out and Variety, and has written and presented sections of the BBC’s flagship film show on BBC1. Catherine has also produced two documentary features: Beyond Clueless (2014) and Fear Itself (2015).

Mike McCahill presents… Run Lola Run (35mm)

This breathless three scenario thriller announced the arrival of a major new talent in the form of German director, Tom Tykwer, whose formal experimentation and style attracted the attention of The Wachowskis.

Lola has 20 minutes to find 100,000 Deutsche Mark and save her boyfriend’s life.

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mccahillMike was born in Warwickshire in 1978. He has written on film for The Scotsman since 2002, for the Telegraph since 2003, and for the Guardian since 2012. He is also presently chief critic for the website MovieMail, and co-hosts the weekly pop culture podcast Popswipe with the writer-broadcaster James King.

Sophie Monks Kaufman presents… Fear Eats the Soul

Channeling the iconic family melodrama of one of his heroes, Douglas Sirk, Rainer Werner Fassbinder delivered what is widely considered to be one of his greatest works.

A sexagenarian German woman falls for a Moroccan migrant worker 25 years her junior, much to the disapproval of those around her.

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smkSophie Monks Kaufman is a writer, filmmaker and podcaster. She is currently the contributing editor for Little White Lies magazine and recently shot her debut short film, I Do Not Sleep. She owns two cats and feels more like a squid than a human.

James Luxford presents… Pulp Fiction

Quentin Tarantino’s second film took the world by storm winning the Palme d’Or and a Best Original Screenplay Oscar. Independent American cinema would never be the same again.

The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in this postmodern masterpiece.

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James Luxford is a film critic for Radio Times, City AM, Picturehouse Presents, and BBC Radio Oxford. He has written on film for The Guardian, Little White Lies and Empire Magazine. He’s a regular Q&A host, and has appeared on BBC One’s South Today. Outside of film, James also writes about LGBTQ issues and travel.

Tim Robey presents… Mousehunt

Gore Verbinski’s (Pirates of the Caribbean) debut feature will go down in history as the first family film released by Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Pictures.

Two Laurel-and-Hardy-like brothers wage war on a mouse living in the antique house willed to them by their late father in this inventive slapstick comedy.

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robeyTim Robey has written on film, and occasionally books, for the Daily Telegraph since 2000. He is co-editor of The DVD Stack (Canongate), a guide to the best versions of movies available globally, and turns up on Radio 4’s Front Row, the Film Programme, Monocle FM Radio and BBC Film 2016.

Dave Calhoun presents… Nil by Mouth

Gary Oldman’s searing (and potty-mouthed) directorial debut took the Cannes Film Festival by storm in 1997 and was ranked 21st on Time Out’s list of the best British films of all time.

Alcoholism and substance misuse abound as a working class family struggle to get by in South London.

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This film has been selected by Dave Calhoun (see here). Unfortunately, he can’t make it along to his screening, so the film will be preceded by a pre-prepared introduction from Dave, which I’ll be reading out. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.