“Though as a writer I am still ossifying and, hopefully, that will always be the case, I am sure that I aspire to the tradition of critics like Manny Farber and Dave Kehr. Namely, criticism that aims to make legible how a film works, the sensations, emotions, and ideas that it offers and its relationship to the world around us. I hope I can illuminate the personalities that are responsible for, and behind, every frame and not what I think should be there.”Ruairí, on why he loves cinema
Ruairí McCann is a film writer and programmer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
He graduated from University College Dublin in English Literature with Film Studies (BA) and later in Film Studies (MA) from Queen’s University Belfast. His thesis project was a film delving into the history of the now-defunct Savoy Cinema, located in his home county of Sligo, Republic of Ireland.
Ruairí’s interests go far afield: from the outsiders of contemporary art cinema, to the bric-à-brac of Classical Hollywood, and the multitudes outside and in between.
Ruairí works as a film programmer and sits on the board of the Sligo Film Society. He runs a monthly film column for Film Hub NI and has published texts on film and music for Little White Lies, Photogénie, The Thin Air, Ultra Dogme, and The Berlin Film Journal.
In 2018, he was part of the “Young Critics Workshop” at Film Fest Gent, writing under the mentorship of film writer Nick Pinkerton (Film Comment, Sight & Sound, ArtForum).