Introducing this year's participants.

Adelaide Kane

I am a 3rd year student studying English, Media and Cultural studies in IADT. I have been  a part of young critics since it began in 2020 and enjoy analysing film. I have an interest in writing and directing film for myself in the future.

Benedict Hudson

Benedict is a Film and Screen Media student at University College Cork. He is a lifelong film fan and is not only passionate about film discussion, but also makes his own short films in his spare time.

Brian Griffin

Brian Griffin is the resident movie critic at Beat 102-103 in the South East of Ireland, with an Honours Media Degree from the University of Limerick.

Cian Griffin

A young aspiring film critic and journalist from Cork, studying English with a degree in Film and Screen Media.

Darragh Hynes

Darragh is a film student from Ratoath, Co. Meath who is in his final year of the Film Diploma in Ballyfermot College of Further Education. He is interested in nearly every form of storytelling, as well as cinematography and enjoys going to the cinema often.

Ellie McCarthy

My name is Ellie McCarthy, I am a third year film student in TUS and have an interest in photography and fashion.

Emily Macrander

Emily Macrander is a London-based filmmaker directing short-format work such as music videos, short films and branded content. Her latest short film ‘Without Warning’ premiered at the BFI London and has been screened across the UK with TAPE Collective.

Eoin O'Donnell

Eoin O'Donnell is a journalism student and film critic, with published reviews in Dublin, Edinburgh, and at the Venice Film Festival.

Gabriel Galway

I am a freelance digital & traditional artist, comic book writer and muralist. I have a deep love for film and animation and in my free time, enjoy writing material for Dungeons & Dragons and stream sessions live on Twitch.

Jamie Waddell

About me: I am a Edinburgh-based freelance journalist and sometimes film critic with a boundless love for all things related to the silver screen.

John Brady

Irish born filmmaker/film buff. An té a bhíonn siulach, bíonn scéalach.

Juliana Wong

I am a queer Brazilian digital artist studying creative computing in WIT who is passionate about storytelling and animation. I am also an anti-porn activist and an avid reader of historical romances.

Khushi Jain

Khushi holds a bachelors in English literature from the University of Delhi, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Classics from Trinity College, Dublin. She reads. A lot.

Leone Wright

A nineteen year old filmmaker, film reviewer and writer from South West Ireland.

Nellie Warren

I’m a student from Dublin who’s long had a taste for writing – going to the cinema is one of my favourite pastimes, though I in general adore all forms of storytelling.

Nicholas Keniry

Nicholas Keniry is a recent UCC Film and Screen Media graduate with an avid interest in screenwriting, cyberpunk films and queer cinema.

Ronan Watters

My full name is Ronan John Watters. I graduated from Film and Screen Media in UCC where I realized that I love to discuss and write about film. This is my first year doing the Young Film Critics program and I am looking forward to contributing reviews. My favorite film is Raging Bull.

Tess O'Regan

Tess is a film student at UCC who loves stories and has a soft spot for horrors and tragedies.

Hazel O’Leary

Hazel is a student from Cork studying both film and screen media as well as philosophy and with a love for both of these subjects, I try to use philosophy to inform and expand my views on film

Philp Spillane 

Philip is a writer from Cork. He enjoys films, music and visiting historical sites around the country. He joined the Young Critics to learn and make new friends.

Pia Roycroft

My full name is Pia Kirby Storey Roycroft, and I go by any pronouns. I am a disabled LGBTQ+ classically trained musician, artist, screenwriter and photographer in my second year at UCC, majoring in Film & Screen Media and minoring in Art History, with a particular interest in live action and animated horror, slasher and thriller films, as well as film cinematography, instrumentation and production as a whole.