Mel Campbell

is creating film and TV criticism



About Mel Campbell

Welcome to The Look – reviews and essays on film, TV, clothes and history by Mel Campbell.

I've been fascinated by looks throughout my career as a journalist and cultural critic. I wrote about fashion, history and pop culture in my 2013 nonfiction book Out of Shape: Debunking Myths about Fashion and Fit. I've embarked on excursions onto the street and into the past for my style blog Footpath Zeitgeist. And as a freelance writer I've analysed screen culture and cultural history for Junkee, Crikey, Metro, i-DThe Guardian, The Age and many more print and online publications.

Rather than chasing a market that doesn't value my skills and my experience, I'm using Patreon to rally a community that does. The writing you're helping me produce will be published on The Look's public site, but my sliding scale of rewards (in US dollars) is designed to create online spaces for us to hang out. And the more patrons who pledge to The Look, the more time I can spend on building it into a place we'll all love.

I invite you to be my patron because my unique way of looking at the world makes your world look better. Let's create something smart and curious together!
Select a membership level
The Wink
per month
Let the world know you value the independent, smart, curious cultural criticism at The Look. Your name is published on my public ‘Here’s Looking At You’ masthead page, so everyone can see you are truly a media Medici.
The Glimpse
per month
Immortality on the masthead, plus access to a private patron-only news feed. Get my take on film and TV news, including casting and director announcements, upcoming release dates and red-carpet buzz. It’s like a peep into my email inbox.
The Gander
per month
Immortality on the masthead, access to the private news feed, plus a private Twitter feed and Facebook group where we can hang out and chat. I'll live-tweet my favourite movies and shows, share exclusive works-in-progress for the public The Look site, and post Photoshop jokes and interesting web links. A film critic’s brain, in your pocket.
The Once-Over
per month
All the previous rewards and insider online hangouts, plus each Thursday I’ll email you recommending my favourite stuff to see over the weekend in cinemas, on free-to-air TV and streaming services. I’m your film-critic buddy, looking out for you… What a bargain.
The Double-Take
per month
All the public glory, insider hangs and The Once-Over screen picks email. Plus you get one private 30-minute Facebook or Google chat with me each month about the film or TV show of your choice. It’s like co-hosting your very own culture podcast.
The Gaze
per month
Aspiring and emerging media and cultural critics: here's the Berger with the lot! All the insider hangs and The Once-Over screen picks email, plus a criticism mentorship! Each month you send me a piece of your writing of up to 1000 words, and I’ll mark it up and send it back. Then, in a private 30-minute Facebook chat, I’ll discuss it with you. Definitely worth a long, loving look.

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