Our research on film emphasises historical and archival approaches to both critical and creative practice. We are continuing to expand and develop our research and the recently established Centre for Film and Digital Media led by Dr Melanie Bell complements the work of the Newcastle Institute for Creative Arts Practice. Dr Bell's work relies on archival research to explore the relationship between gender and British filmmaking, particularly women's involvement in the production process. She has been awarded a major AHRC grant to research the economic history of women in the industry. Dr Andrew Shail studies early cinema, its representation in culture, and particularly its relationship with literary Modernism. His new work is exploring the emergence of film celebrity in Britain in the early years of the twentieth century, and he is working towards a landmark History of the Cinema in Britain. Dr Neelam Srivastava looks at film through a postcolonial lens, and has published on Gillo Pontecorvo's anti-imperialist filmmaking and Bollywood as nationalist cinema. Tina Gharavi is a practising filmmaker, specialising in stories of migration, whose work connects with the postcolonial critics in the School. Her feature film I am Nasrine follows siblings forced to flee Tehran and becoming refugees in North-East England. It had a nationwide release and in 2013 Tina Gharavi was nominated for a BAFTA in the 'Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer' category. Gharavi's documentary projects are similarly concerned with questions of diaspora, including the Arts Council England-funded story of Mohammed Ali's 1977 visit to the Northeast, The King of South Shields. Additionally, Gharavi has created an archive and exhibition to record the dispersing Yemeni community in the North East.
Researchers in our film cluster deliver research-led teaching in the School, and our students have opportunities to study film and film-making at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Dr Andrew Shail discusses his research in the following video: