ciara moloney

film and TV critic

I’m a writer based in Dublin, primarily writing pop culture criticism. My work has appeared in digital and print publications including Fangoria, Paste, Cineaste, Current Affairs, and Crooked Marquee. You can find links to my writing collected here.

I am an editor and co-founder of The Sundae, an award-nominated blog of film, TV and music criticism. In 2021, we launched The Sundae Presents, a film podcast which I co-host. I have also appeared as a guest on The 250, Andrew Quinn and Darren Mooney’s podcast reviewing the top-rated films on IMDb, and on the Current Affairs podcast.

I am currently working on a PhD at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick on diaspora and interculturalism in Martin McDonagh’s plays and films. As an academic, I contributed a chapter to The Golden Thread: Irish Women Playwrights 1716-2016 (Liverpool University Press, 2021) and have a forthcoming article in the Journal of Modern Literature on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoirs. I have presented conference papers on subjects ranging from Samuel Beckett’s short stories to Rocky.

Prior to my PhD, I graduated with a first class honours MA in gender and sexuality in writing and culture from Maynooth University, where I completed my dissertation on masculinity and capitalism in Martin Scorsese’s gangster movies.

Feel free to contact me regarding writing opportunities or podcast appearances.

signature bits

  • class analysis of sitcoms
  • critiquing corporate control of the film industry

  • pop punk personal essays
  • why [insert film] is secretly a horror movie and/or western