Mike Downey

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Early in his career, Mike wrote film criticism for a wide range of international film publications, including:

Screen International

Screen International is a film magazine covering the international film business.

It is published by Media Business Insight, a British B2B media company. The magazine is primarily aimed at those involved in the global film business. The magazine in its current form was founded in 1975, and its website, Screendaily.com, was added in 2001. Screen International also produces daily publications at film festivals and markets in Berlin, Germany; Cannes, France; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; the American Film Market in Santa Monica, California; and Hong Kong.

Official website of Screen International


Variety is a weekly American entertainment trade magazine and website owned by Penske Media Corporation. It was founded by Sime Silverman in New York in 1905 as a weekly; in 1933 it added Daily Variety, based in Los Angeles, to cover the motion-picture industry.

Recognized and respected throughout the world of show business, Variety is the premier source of entertainment news. Since 1905, the most influential leaders in the industry have turned to Variety for timely, credible and straightforward news and analysis — information vital to their professions.

Official website of Variety


Cinemaya is an influential film magazine established in 1988 devoted exclusively to coverage of Asian film.

It is published in New Delhi, India and distributed internationally. The present editor-in-chief of Cinemaya is Aruna Vasudev, noted film journalist.[1][2] Its goals are to promote Asian filmmaking internationally and to help Asian national cinemas gain wider international recognition. In 1990, in collaboration with UNESCO it founded the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema, an association of film professionals based in Singapore which presents annual awards for greatest Asian achievements in filmmaking at selected film festivals around the world.

Official website of Cinemaya


The first issue of Cineaste was published in Summer 1967. The launching company was Cineaste Publishers, Inc.

The founder and editor-in-chief is Gary Crowdus. It is published quarterly. Cineaste publishes reviews, in-depth analyses, and interviews with filmmakers and actors. The magazine is independently operated from New York City with no financial ties to any film studios or academic institutions. Publication of the magazine is, however, made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Official website of Cineaste

Cinema Papers

Cinema Papers was first published as a nationally distributed magazine in January 1974.

The name was derived, via a single issue magazine produced by students at LaTrobe University in October 1967, from the influential French journal Cahiers du Cinéma. The magazine was published on a bimonthly basis and had its headquarters in Melbourne. In 1989 Cinema Papers absorbed another film magazine, Filmviews. One of the owners was MTV Publishing Ltd. Declining sales saw Cinema Papers end in 1999. It was relaunched by Niche Media in April 2000 However, this ultimately proved unsuccessful and the magazine shut for good in 2001. Mike contributed to the magazine during Nick Roddick’s tenure as editor in Melbourne.

Official website of Cinema Papers


"Stills", a media magazine published between 1981 and 1987 published by Nick Kent and edited by Nick Roddick.

It is now defunct, but Mike contributed a number of articles for the magazine until its ultimate demise in 1987.