Research Centre for Film and Digital Media

Staff Profile

Professor Guy Austin

Professor of French Studies



I joined Newcastle University as Professor of French Studies in January 2010. My main research specialism is modern French and Algerian cinema: I am the author of the books 'Algerian National Cinema', 'Contemporary French Cinema', 'Stars in Modern French Film', and 'Claude Chabrol'. I also recently edited the collections 'New Uses of Bourdieu in Film and Media Studies' (2016) and 'Revisiting Star Studies' (co-edited with Sabrina Yu, 2017).  
I am the founding director of the Research Centre in Film & Digital Media, and have organised and co-organised various film events including screenings, workshops and conferences.


On finishing my PhD I joined the French Department at the University of Sheffield, where I worked for seventeen years.

Roles and Responsibilities

 Head of French Section

Director Research for School of Modern Languages


PhD in French (Narrative strategies in Lautreamont) Leeds University 1993

BA (Hons) English and French, Oxford Uiversity (first class), 1988

Previous Positions

Founding Director, Research Centre in Film and Digital Media, Newcastle University, 2011-2016  

Head of French Department, University of Sheffield, September -December 2009
Subdean (Arts, UG affairs), University of Sheffield, 2006-2008
Reader in French, University of Sheffield, 2006-2009
Senior Lecturer in French, University of Sheffield, 2000-2006
Lecturer in French, University of Sheffield, 1992-2000


Research Interests

Algerian cinema

Modern French cinema (since 1960), especially fantasy and horror, stardom, the films of Claude Chabrol

Other Expertise

Modern Algerian politics, society and culture

The Algerian War in cinema

Trauma and film 

Current Work

Trauma in Algerian documentary since the 1990s

Future Research

Screening Violence in Algeria (principal investigator on a major research grant application to AHRC, March 2017) 

Research Roles

Director of Research, SML

Postgraduate Supervision

I have supervised PhDs on French cinema, Algerian cinema, Chinese film festivals, the Holocaust in cinema, the uterus in film, and French literature.

I am currently co-supervising a PhD on Jordanian receptions of gender roles in cinema.

I am interested in research proposals on modern and contemporary cinema, especially pertaining to post-colonial issues, trauma, horror, and fantasy. 



Undergraduate Teaching

FRE4006 Contemporary French Cinema (co-taught with Dr Sarah Leahy)

FRE4013 Images d'Algerie

Postgraduate Teaching

MA Film: Theory and Practice--Cinematic Others; Approaches to Film; Dissertation supervision