Karen Krizanovich is a journalist, writer and broadcaster published in Monocle, Celluloid Junkie, Sotheby’s, Stylist, The Times, Reader’s Digest, The Sunday Times Style, Red, The Independent, The Telegraph, West London Living and The Guardian Film Blog, among others. She is Editor-At-Large for Civilian Global.
Karen has credits on Infinite (2020), Venom 2 (2020), The Old Guard (2020), Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019), Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018), The Conjuring 2 (2016), 24: Live Another Day (2014), Gravity (2013) and Red Dwarf (2009). For more, check her IMDb.
Broadcasts include Monocle Radio’s The Menu with Markus Hippi, BBC1 Breakfast News, BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, BBCR4 The Film Programme and various shows and appearances as resident film expert on Monocle Radio. Her review outlets are Monocle24 Radio, Radio Times and The List and several podcasts. Her written reviews, including early work for Empire, are aggregated at Rotten Tomatoes.
Karen conceived, researched and presented Whistledown Production/BBC Radio 4‘s groundbreaking original radio documentary entitled Svelte Sylvia and the Hollywood Trimsters. ‘Sylvia of Hollywood’ was Tinsel Town’s greatest fitness/beauty expert yet she was wiped from history until this documentary and the Wikipedia page built by Karen from her own research brought Sylvia back to life.
Karen is the Hon Secretary of the London Film Critics’ Circle and a jury associate for the international film critics’ association FIPRESCI. A member of the British Film Designers Guild [BFDG], Karen is also a graduate of the Faber Academy.
A host for Q&A sessions and film-related talks, Karen has spoken on One Track Minds at the Wilton Music Hall, given keynote speeches to schools, film organisations and companies such as Sky Cinema. She’s hosted at the London Screenwriters’ Festival, the London Comedy Writers’ Festival, the NFT/BFI, First Light’s Fever Pitch/London Film Festival, the Barbican Cinema and for Curzon.
In the 90s, Karen was best known for her Dear Karen column. Sarcastic, scathing yet beloved in a dominatrix-sort-of-way, Dear Karen was the careless Agony Aunt of Sky Magazine’s most read comedic advice page. Remaining outrageous, Dear Karen’s past posts are archived at Dear Karen columns. An interview by the great and much missed Ruth Picardie is The Sharon Stone of Agony … As an American voiceover artist, Karen specialises in alto tones and American regional accents. She was once the voice of a green M&M, the only female member of the candy. Apparently.
Finally, Karen is an accredited personal trainer. And she rides sidesaddle.