Brad Stevens (film critic/novelist)

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Brad Stevens is a British film critic and novelist based in the United Kingdom. He has written four books, and contributed to several magazines focusing on international cinema.


Stevens' first book, Monte Hellman: His Life and Films, was published in 2003. Reviewing the book for Variety (magazine), Allison Anders noted that, "Stevens succeeds in bringing the same rich humanity to Hellman’s work that Hellman brings to each and every one of his characters".[1] His second book, Abel Ferrara: The Moral Vision, appeared the following year.

Stevens regularly writes for print publications such as Sight & Sound;[2] his Bradlands column appears every month on the magazine's website.[3] He has also contributed to Cahiers du Cinema, Video Watchdog, CineAction, The Dark Side (magazine), The Movie Book of the Western, the 2008 edition of The International Film Guide, the Senses of Cinema website [4] and Defining Moments in Movies. He has worked on DVD releases in various capacities, recording commentary tracks for the Masters of Cinema discs of Nosferatu and Tabu (1931 film), and writing sleeve notes for many films, including The Complete Buster Keaton Short Films, The Driller Killer, Ms. 45, La Notte, Obsession (1976 film), Knightriders and Les Diaboliques (film). Stevens has appeared in several documentaries and can be seen interviewing Christopher Lee on VCI's DVD of The City of the Dead (film). He co-authored the English subtitles for F. J. Ossang's Dharma Guns (2010), and was on the jury at the Oldenburg International Film Festival in 2007.[5]

Stevens is an advocate of the auteur theory, and his writings have earned him both praise and criticism. According to David Davidson, "Over the years, Brad Stevens has created his own canon of films...his own ‘Essential Cinema’...which does not look like any other list out there".[6] Jonathan Rosenbaum has argued that, "Stevens is a pioneer in a new and rigorous if relatively unambulatory kind of film research ruled by the Internet and tracking down various videos and DVDs from around the world".[7] James Rocarols described him as, "The high priest of (a) particular strain of rabid auteurism...always willing to go the extra mile in defending the latest duds from once-great directors".[8]

Stevens has also written a feminist dystopian science-fiction novel entitled The Hunt, which was published by Vamptasy in 2014. He has described it as, "The Hunger Games meets Fifty Shades of Grey".[9] The sequel, A Caution to Rattlesnakes, was published later the same year.


  • Monte Hellman: His Life and Films (McFarland) 2003
  • Abel Ferrara: The Moral Vision (FAB Press) 2004


  • The Hunt (Vamptasy) 2014
  • A Caution to Rattlesnakes (Vamptasy) 2014


  1. ^ Anders, Alison (August 22, 2003). "Monte Hellman: His Life and Films". Variety. Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Personal profile at the British Film Institute". Sight & Sound. September 24, 2014. Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bradlands column at the British Film Institute". Sight & Sound. September 24, 2014. Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Personal profile at Senses of Cinema". Senses of Cinema. September 24, 2014. Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ David D. "Toronto Film Review". Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Abel Ferrara: The Moral Vision (book review)". Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Schrader and The Canyons". james rocarols. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Clear Continuity: When a Critic becomes an Author". Archived from the original on 14 October 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 

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