Thomas Caldwell is a writer, broadcaster, film critic, public speaker and film programmer based in Melbourne, Australia.
He is currently the Artistic Director of the Children’s International Film Festival (Australia) and the Europa ! Europa film festival, and can be heard reviewing films on Afternoons with Jacinta Parsons once a fortnight on ABC Radio Melbourne.
From 2014 to 2019 Thomas discussed book to film adaptations on The Book Show (formerly Books and Arts) on ABC RN. From 2011 to 2017 he produced and hosted the film criticism show Plato’s Cave, every Monday night on Melbourne independent community radio station Triple R (3RRR 102.7FM), and from 2010 to 2015 he was the film reviewer on the Breakfasters every Thursday morning.
He is experienced moderating Q&As, hosting In Conversation events, taking part in panel discussions and delivering film as text lectures and workshops to students and teachers. Some of the people Thomas has moderated Q&As for or hosted In Conversations events with include Ralph Fiennes, Geena Davis, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Peter Weir, Nicolas Winding Refn, Luca Guadagnino, Debra Granik, Gareth Edwards, Paul Cox, Bobcat Goldthwait, Rolf de Heer, Shaun Tan, Gillian Armstrong, Robert Connolly, Richard Lowenstein, Ivan Sen, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Jack Charles, Noni Hazlehurst, Jan Chapman, Richard Billingham and Sophie Hyde.
Thomas is the author of the secondary school textbook Film Analysis Handbook, which was published in 2005 by Insight Publications, with a revised edition published in 2017. His film reviews, articles and interviews have appeared in The Age, Overland Literary Journal, Senses of Cinema, Metro, Screen Education and The Big Issue. He won the Ivan Hutchinson Award for Writing on Australian Film in the 2010 and 2015 Australian Film Critics Association (AFCA) Writing Awards.
Thomas worked in the Programming Department for the Melbourne International Film Festival from 2012-2020.
Updated October 2021