ANNE BILLSON is a film critic, novelist and photographer whose work has been widely published. She has lived in London, Tokyo, Paris and Croydon, and now lives in Brussels.
Her books include SUCKERS (an upwardly mobile vampire novel), STIFF LIPS (a Notting Hill ghost story) and THE EX (a supernatural detective story), and several works of non-fiction, including THE THING, a BFI monograph about John Carpenter’s film, and LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, from Auteur Publishing, about Tomas Alfredson’s film of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel of the same name.
In 1993 she was named one of Granta’s “Best Young British Novelists”.
She has written about many different subjects, but chiefly about films, for more publications than she cares to remember, and has been film critic for the Sunday Correspondent, Tatler, New Statesman & Society and the Sunday Telegraph. She is currently working as a screenwriting consultant and contributing regularly to the Telegraph‘s online arts pages.
In 2012 she wrote Case Study: Richard Gill, a segment for the portmanteau play The Hallowe’en Sessions, directed by Sean Hogan and staged during the last week of October and the first week of November at the Leicester Square Theatre in London’s West End.
ANNE BILLSON’S CV
BORN Southport 1954. Grew up in Exeter and Croydon. BA in Graphic Design, Central School of Art & Design, London (1973-76)
JOBS INCLUDE shoeshop asistant, bookshop assistant, cakeshop assistant, Inland Revenue clerk, sign-writer, window dresser, secretary, cookery-book illustrator, English teacher, lyric-writer for Japanese pop-singers, recording voice for a children’s audio-book about farmyard animals, cinema cashier, photographer, film stills photographer, cinema listings compiler, translator (French into English), screenwriter, script doctor.
Also once appeared as a Dutch girl in a Japanese TV commercial starring a famous sumo wrestler.
PHOTOGRAPHS PUBLISHED in Time Out, Event, Illustrated London News, Mode et Mode, Fashion News, Men Only, Tatler, GQ, Options, Elle, Vogue, Daily Express, Soho Weekly News etc
PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITIONS: East/West (Tokyo) 1989; Electric Cinema (London) 1981; Soho Poly Theatre (London) 1981
WRITING PUBLISHED in Sunday Telegraph, Daily Telegraph, Monthly Film Bulletin, The Erotic Review, GQ, Time Out, Event, City Limits, The Times, Vogue, Elle, Harpers & Queen, Esquire, Just Seventeen, Sky, Sunday Correspondent, Cosmopolitan, the Guardian, the Independent, the Observer, the Sunday Times, the Financial Times, Playbirds, Boy Zone, Fashion News etc and online at the Telegraph, theartsdesk.com, firstpost.com, high50.com etc
FILM CRITIC for Today (1986); the Sunday Correspondent (1989-90); Tatler (1989-90); New Statesman & Society (1991-92); the Sunday Telegraph (1992-2001)
ANNE BILLSON’S BOOKS
I made some arty picture books to give to friends who came all the way to Brussels for my 60th birthday party. Collector’s Items! Also hideously expensive, but you might like to take a look at the free previews. Click on the image below to be whisked, as if by magic, to my Blurb bookstore.
This is my author page at amazon.co.uk, where you can download many of my books for Kindle – and even buy some of them in ye olde printed format. Please click on the image to be taken there. (My books are also available from all the other amazons worldwide.)
My film writing can also be downloaded in all formats (including epub, Mobi and pdf) from smashwords.com. This is my Smashwords page; please click on it to be transported there.