Research Centre for Film and Digital Media

Staff Profile

Professor Guy Austin

Professor of French Studies


I have been Professor of French Studies at Newcastle since 2010.

I was Director of the Research Centre for Film & Digital Media from its establishment in 2011 until 2016.

Before coming to Newcastle, I worked in the French Department at the University of Sheffield.

My PhD is from Leeds and my degree from Oxford. 

My hobbies are painting, jogging, and listening to music from the 1970s.


My main research areas are Algerian cinema, and French cinema since the 1960s (especially fantasy genres).

I am Principal Investigator on a major AHRC project called Screening Violence: a Transnational Study of Post-Conflict Imaginaries, which begins in April 2018 and runs for three and a half years. We will use film reception as a means to elicit articulations around conflict and transition to peace in communities with recent experience of civil conflict, namely: Algeria, Argentina, Colombia, Indonesia and Northern Ireland.

The other investigators on the project are Dr Nick Morgan and Dr Philippa Page (Newcastle, SML), Dr Simon Philpott (Newcastle, GPS), Dr Roddy Brett (St Andrews) and Professor Brandon Hamber (Ulster). We will also be working with partner academics and filmmakers in each of the five countries.