Laurie has several areas of special knowledge & interest to complement his general broadcast & production abilities.
Taylor Newspapers, BBC Radio Oxford, BBC Berkshire & the Super Bailey Bros podcast have given Laurie three years of regular columns and segments as a film reviewer, industry commentator and interviewer. He is a reliable, insightful and enthusiastic contributor with an analytical perspective, and is known to studios & distributors on the screening circuit.
- Many more examples of Laurie’s film work can be heard on the Listen page, including weekly segments for Tony Blackburn.
Arts, Culture & Entertainment
Friday evenings on BBC Radio Oxford covered Oxfordshire’s cultural scene between Aug 18-Sept 19, thanks to Laurie’s weekly 3-hour arts programme. He is well-regarded as an interviewer and advocate for art, theatre, music, exhibitions and self-development, having created an entertaining blend of eclectic and wide-ranging interests and on-air features.
With a degree in English literature and years of experience as a film critic, Laurie balances depth of analysis and insight with awareness about what makes accessible and entertaining audio.
- Hear further interview highlights from Laurie’s Friday arts & culture show on the Listen page.
Laurie has consulted on several podcasts for private organisations, and produced & presented his own successful film review podcast for 2 and a half years. He is an avid listener and discoverer of new media, and champions its integration with traditional media.
He recently successfully pitched The New Media Show to BBC Oxford, where he now interviews some of the big + up & coming names in this field, to introduce them to a mainstream media audience. Visit the link to listen back to the 4 most recent episodes via BBC Sounds.
A regular feature on his BBC Oxford arts programme was the ‘New Media Review’, where comedians or other guests specifically recommended a podcast or YouTube channel they enjoy; he also encouraged local creators to share their work with him so they could feature on the show.
Gaming & Game Music
Though still regarded as a niche interest in mainstream media, Laurie has been a composer, remixer and fan of game music for 20 years. He is plugged into the scene and passionate about its wider potential thanks to the growth of the gaming market.
He has been a regular gamer since the days of the SEGA Master System, and is steadily increasing BBC Oxford’s gaming coverage. Alex Graham, a journalist from BBC Solent, currently contributes gaming reviews and industry news to Laurie’s Friday show on a regular basis.
- Hear some of Laurie’s game remixes and other compositions on the Music page.
Laurie has been a long-time admirer of many Japanese filmmakers, writers and musicians, first inspired by his love of gaming.
The Shibuya-Kei genre is also a specific interest, and he has been developing documentary pitches on this influential musical genre.
- To make an enquiry or pitch related to any of these areas, please use the form on the Bookings page.