As a platform, we believe that TV and film criticism needs a fresh perspective. We don't think that critical analysis needs to be serious, or hyper-intellectual in order to be well-developed and rigorous: we want to keep our content entertaining and engaging, whilst presenting intelligent, critical standpoints from varied perspectives.
Blister is an online collective that seeks to platform the often unheard voices of screen criticism.
Who are we?
Meet the team!
Operations & Management
Sophie is a self-confessed project-aholic and tends to keep her fingers in [too] many pies. The idea of Blister is a product of her post-Lockdown-Graduation quest for a meaningful existence, and she is proud to have viciously and unabashedly sucked in every person she knows to help make it a reality.
Sophie is frequently found scraping the barrel of her boyfriend’s mum’s Netflix account to hate-watch a new series she believes is unrepresentative and unfeminist, and is much less often found on any of the platforms that produce the art films she actually does like: corporate VOD monopolies are a bitch.
Communications & Marketing
Neena can best be described as an internet gremlin. She loves to dig deeper into the everyday, and the content we consume unknowingly. Although a meme is worth a thousand words, she will do her best to analyse it with the right ones. She spends her spare time grappling with existential feminism, and trying to keep up with the rapidly changing ways in which we communicate.
She can be found roving the aisles of M&S to find the best reduced food, and outside of the club, explaining why Clueless (1995) is the best film of all-time.
Melissa is our resident sass queen. With a low tolerance for bullsh*t and an impressive knack for picking up on vibes, it is very likely that she has you worked out within the first few minutes of meeting you. This also means that she has seen through your feeble choice of The Help (2011) as your “favourite black film”. With an acute attention to detail she’ll know if your feminism is performative, and whether your allyship pays more than lip service.
If she isn’t trying to guess your star sign based off your Netflix list, she can either be found becoming yet again far too emotionally invested in the characters of a series (life hasn’t been the same since How To Get Away With Murder ended), binge-watching something everyone else watched months ago (she hates following the trend!) or fulfilling her love for queer black cinema.
Ellie is the team’s very own Hannah Montana, working for the man by day and editing for the Blisterhood by night. Lurking in the comments panel of your article draft are her works of genius, sponsored by Gr*mmarly.com. Though a bona fide angel in the streets, she is a demon of the Google sheets: no column left un-colour-coded, no list left un-alphabetised; Ellie uses her toxically-internalised need to be productive for good, always.
She can most often be found dungaree-clad, with a book, a pint of tea and a pencil (which she uses primarily to write ‘lol’ and ‘omg’ in the margins of whatever kick-ass womxn’s fiction she is currently reading).
What are we doing?
At its core, Blister is a publication with diverse contributors, each discussing all things ‘screen’ in whichever way they desire, from reviews to deep-dives, current to archive content, and from both academic and non-academic perspectives.
At the heart of our work will be a commitment to diversity and accessibility. Regardless of gender, sexuality, race, class, physical ability and neurodiversity, we want to make sure that we welcome anyone who wants to contribute and learn.
“Criticism is about expanding a work of art, making it part of a cultural conversation and discourse. It gives it air. It opens it up for the reader to have an experience with it.”
- Alissa Wilkinson, Vox
We want to work directly with our community to create positive change in the industry, supporting under-represented voices and talents in beginning long and successful careers in film, TV and other moving image arts.
We hope in the future that the platform will develop beyond a publication, and will forge a community of filmmakers and media lovers, which centres the most marginalised voices in its discussion.
Why are we here?
We believe that film criticism is often overlooked in terms of improving diversity in the screen industries. Criticism of TV and film is an opportunity to hold creators accountable for the work they produce: it gives us the opportunity to fight against the characters that just don’t fit right and fight for justice in our representation.
*We have chosen the term 'Women of Colour' instead of 'Females from Underrepresented Racial/Ethnic Groups', which is used in the study (it's a preference thing). If you want to read more, you can see the full results of the study here.
Check out this statistic from the Annenberg Inclusivity Research Study:
Of the top 100 films of 2017, just 24% of top reviewers were women.
Only 4.1% of these top reviewers were Women of Colour*.
You want in?
Want to join us? Of course you do! We are always looking for passionate people who are dedicated to getting a platform like Blister out into the world! Fill out the form below to let us know what you want to do and we'll be in touch as soon as possible.