School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics



Research in film takes place across several Schools in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, unified by the Research Centre for Film and Digital Media.

In the School of English Literature, Language & Linguistics, our research on film emphasises evidence and politics, drawing on archival sources to identify the historical forces that shape both film-making and the institutions of film.

Dr Hannah Durkin specialises in black cinema. She is currently working on a study of mid-century black and Jewish women ethnographic filmmakers in the US, Caribbean and Africa and is also developing a project that explores black artists’ contributions to early British film and television.

Dr Andrew Shail studies the ways that new media come about, concentrating on the earliest years of cinema from 1895 to 1920. His current work explores the economic and cultural factors behind the emergence of the star system in Europe and North America, and he is working towards a landmark History of the Cinema in the British Isles.

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.

Dr 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.