JAEFF Team | 隊員

Joshua Smith, Festival Director

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Joshua graduated from King’s College London with an MA in Film Studies and Philosophy, taking modules in post-war Japanese film genres and the avant-garde, and transnational Japanese cinema at SOAS. He has worked in independent cinemas, in distribution (Terracotta) and on festivals including the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme, London Short Film Festival and Vancouver International Film Festival. He founded the Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival in 2017.


Favourite Japanese films: Tokyo Story (Yasujirō Ozu, 1953), Funeral Parade of Roses (Toshio Matsumoto, 1969), Fighting Soldiers (Fumio Kamei, 1939). 


Favourite Japanese novels: A Shameful Life (Osamu Dazai, 1948), Confessions of a Mask (Yukio Mishima, 1949), What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Haruki Murakami, 2007).

Dr George Crosthwait, Producer

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George completed his PhD at King’s College London. His film-philosophy focused research explores self-reflexivity in contemporary cinema. He teaches undergraduate film studies at KCL, on Met Film School’s filmmaking MA course, and has taught adult education film courses for Picturehouse Education. He co-founded the Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival in 2017 with Joshua.


Favourite Japanese films: Neon Genesis Evangelion (Hideaki Anno, 1997), The Ballad of Narayama (Shohei Imamura, 1983), Death By Hanging (Nagisa Ōshima, 1968).


Favourite Japanese novels: A Personal Matter (Kenzaburō Ōe, 1964), Some Prefer Nettles (Junichirō Tanizaki, 1929), Sea of Fertility tetralogy (Yukio Mishima, 1969-1971)