The Film Unit includes leading historians and theorists of cinema and the award-winning director and screenwriter Tina Gharavi, founder of the independent media production company Bridge + Tunnel Productions.
We teach and research in film history, film theory and film production, specialising in British cinema, Hollywood cinema, the history of writing on film, and the theory and practice of documentary. Film is an integral part of our undergraduate programmes in English Literature and English Language & Literature, and students have the opportunity to both specialise in studying film and make films during their final year. We also run the MA in Film: Theory & Practice, in collaboration with the School of Modern Languages.
Our books study the nature of historical change in cinema, and centre on the beginnings of cinema in Britain, 1950s British cinema, and recent Hollywood film. Our research has been published in internationally recognised journals including Film History, the Journal of British Cinema & Television, Film Studies, the Women's History Review, Senses & Society, Early Popular Visual Culture, Critical Quarterly and Body & Society. Film scholars across the University comprise the Centre for Film and Digital Media, which plays host to visiting speakers from around the world, and film scholars across the region come together annually as the North-East Regional Film Seminar, founded by scholars at Newcastle.