Rachel West

Associate Editor / Senior Critic
Rachel West is a former senior producer for ET Canada and Cineplex with a B.A. (Honours) in Film Studies from Carleton University. She has interviewed everyone from Michael Fassbender to Miss Piggy and has reported live from TIFF, SXSW, Star Wars Celebration, Comic-Con, D23, CinemaCon, BAFTA Tea Party, the SAG Awards, and the Golden Globes, among other events. Her film writing and interviews have appeared in publications and outlets including Entertainment Tonight Canada, Global News, Shaw Connect, The National Post, Toronto Film Scene, Cineplex Magazine, CAA Magazine, Mondo Magazine, Discover Toronto, The Weather Network and more. Rachel’s hobbies include introducing herself to cats she meets on the street, travelling, quoting obscure lines from “The Simpsons” and posting all about it on Twitter. Rachel is a member of the Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA), Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) and has served on several film festival juries including the Rising Sun International Film Festival in Japan, the Tallgrass Film Festival and the ICFF Lavazza Inclucity Festival.

Articles by Rachel West:

  • Listening to Kenny G
    September 11, 2021

    TIFF 2021: Listening To Kenny G Review

    Penny Lane’s film takes an oft-light-hearted look at Kenny G and his polarizing saxophone while asking the broader question of “what makes music good?”

  • Candyman
    August 27, 2021

    Candyman Review: The Candyman (Sort Of) Can

    Candyman finally becomes the centre of his own story in Nia DaCosta’s take on the urban legend with a descent into madness from Yahya Abdul-Mateen II worthy of Rosemary’s Baby.

  • March 22, 2021

    SXSW 2021: Woodlands Dark And Days Bewitched: A History Of Folk Horror Review

    Canadian Kier-La Janisse’s Woodlands Dark And Days Bewitched: A History Of Folk Horror is a comprehensive and well-researched deep dive into a horror sub-genre filled with witches, voodoo, and wicker men. With a 193-minute running time, the documentary gives folk horror its due while keeping the themes presented moving at an engaging pace. Taking an academic […]