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Film Studies

In this group we are working in a number of overlapping thematic areas, where the visual is explored in relation to other arts, as well as in relation to social and political structures.

The areas under investigation include:

  • audiences and spectatorship
  • authorship
  • gender and sexuality
  • genre and stardom
  • landscape and space
  • national cinemas and postcolonial cinemas
  • psychoanalytic theory
  • the visual and the literary

We work in a wide range of languages, including Chinese, French, German, Spanish, and work on cinema from Europe, East Asia, Latin America and North Africa. The key research aims of staff working in this area relate to the theorising of the image. Members of the group are addressing this via two main approaches to the study of film and the visual arts. The first focuses on images/texts and their production and the second on aspects of the reception of the image.
We have links with colleagues in other parts of the university, especially with the School of English with whom we run the MA Film: Theory and Practice.
Professor Guy Austin is Director of the Research Centre for Film and Digital Media (RCFDM), opened in 2011.

Staff working in this area are willing to supervise postgraduate research in a wide range of areas including: Chinese-language cinema; French cinema; Spanish cinema; Latin American cinema; Basque cinema; Star studies, Gender and film; Audiences and Spectatorship; Genres; Auteurism; North African cinema (especially Algerian); cinema and space.

Members of Staff in this Area
Film, Media And Visual Arts

Professor Guy Austin
Professor of French Studies, Director of the Research Centre in Film and Digital Media

Dr Hugh Dauncey
Senior Lecturer

Dr Sarah Leahy
Senior Lecturer

Dr Philippa Page
Lecturer in Hispanic Studies

Dr Shiro Yoshioka
Lecturer in Japanese Studies

Dr Sabrina Yu
Lecturer in Chinese and Film Studies

Current Postgraduate Research Students

Masters, MLitt Studentships

The School of Modern Languages is offering awards of to the value of a UK/EU fee waiver plus a maintenance stipend of £4,000, to enable students to follow any of the Masters programmes in SML.

published on: 1st December 2014

thumbnail Anne Carruthers

Anne Carruthers ( is a Doctoral Student in Film. Thesis title: The Uterus and Narrative Cinema. Website

published on: 1st October 2014

thumbnail Gary Jenkins

Gary Jenkins ( is a Doctoral Student in Film Studies. Thesis title: ‘Post-Holocaust’ Cinema: Public Memory and National Identity after Auschwitz

published on: 1st October 2014

thumbnail Mani Sharpe

Dr Mani Sharpe passed his PhD viva on 1 July 2014. Since then, he has published a number of articles in international journals, been awarded a Short Term Postdoctoral Fellowship at Leeds University (March-April 2015), and is currently in the process of writing a monograph based on 1950s and 1960s French cinema and the Algerian War of Independence. He has also taught French language acquisition at a number of levels. Full details regarding his research activities can be found by clicking on the following link:

published on: 1st October 2014

thumbnail Lydia D. Wu

Lydia D. Wu ( is a Doctoral Student in Film Studies. Thesis title: A New Topology for Chinese Independent Film: Chinese Grassroots Film Festivals Network

published on: 1st October 2014

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Former Postgraduate Research Students