James Slaymaker is a film critic and filmmaker from Hampshire, UK. His writing has been published in Senses of Cinema, Little White Lies, MUBI Notebook, Film International, Bright Lights Film Journal, The Interactive Film and Media Journal, Sound on Sight, Vague Visages, Kinoscope, Alternate Takes, Popmatters, Tilt Magazine and McSweeney’s. He has also contributed chapters to recent books on Paul Schrader, experimental cinema, and Howard Hawks. As a filmmaker, his work has been spotlighted by The Film Stage, MUBI, Fandor and Sight and Sound, as well as premiering at the London DIY Film Festival, the Concrete Dream Film Festival, the Slow Film Festival, the InShort Film Festival and The Straight Jacket Film Festival. He is currently a PhD student at The University of Southampton, where his research focuses on the cinematic essay and digital culture. He is the author of the upcoming books Time is Luck: The Cinema of Michael Mann (2022) and Theorising the Cinematic Essay in the Digital Age: Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker and Harun Farocki (2023).