The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics maintains a distinguished reputation in both film history and filmmaking. We specialise in the cinema of Britain and North America, asking how film production and ideas about film have developed over its 115 years. Our work looks at the institutions of film production, distribution and exhibition, and the nature of discourse on film. Tina Gharavi, our eminent filmmaker, specialises in stories of migration and refuge, often mixing fiction with documentary in her films.
Other colleagues who research film:
See the Centre for Film & Digital Media pages for information about the wider community of film scholars at Newcastle.
The city of Newcastle is rich in resources for film research. Newcastle's Discovery Museum is home to the BFI Mediatheque with access to over 1800 complete films and TV programmes. The Tyneside Cinema, opened in 1937, is the finest surviving news reel cinema in Britain and hosts exhibitions, archives and screenings on the history of newsreel and film, alongside its work as a thriving independent cinema. The School co-hosts the regular Book Club with the Tyneside,at whcih film adaptations of literary works are screened with an introduction and discussion led by a guest presenter.
We contribute to the innovative MA in Film: Theory & Practice, which is co-directed by the School of English and the School of Modern Languages, and we run the MA in Modern and Contemporary Studies. We also have a strong cohort of MLitt and PhD postgraduates working on film, television and popular culture.