The Observer has today announced that writer and broadcaster Mark Kermode will become its new resident film critic next month.

Kermode, 50, will replace Philip French, who will be retiring at the beginning of September shortly after his 80th birthday, having written for The Observer for 50 years.

Mark Kermode has written for The Observer for over a decade – his first film review for The Observer was published in 2002 and in recent years he has written a weekly DVD review column

Mark Kermode said: “I’m honoured and thrilled to be taking over as film critic for The Observer. The paper is second to none, and writing for it has always been a privilege and a joy.

“When I first started working as a film critic over twenty five years ago, Philip’s Observer reviews were an inspiration. No-one can match his breadth of knowledge or elegance of expression, but I hope I can bring to the role the passion for cinema which Observer readers expect.

“Movies have been the single overwhelming obsession of my life, and the professional film critic’s trade is one of which I am fiercely proud. Philip said to me recently, ‘For people in our line of work, the Observer is the best chair in the world’. As always, he is absolutely right.”

Photo credit to Suki Dhanda for The Observer.

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