School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

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 'Contemporary French Cinema' (recently expanded and updated), 'Stars in Modern French Film', and 'Claude Chabrol'. My most recent book, 'Algerian National Cinema', was published in 2012 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Algerian independence. 
I am particularly interested in engagement activities via cinema; in October 2010 I curated a season of Algerian films at the Side Cinema in Newcastle, and I'm involved in a series of film-related events for the university's Societal Challenge Themes and as Director of the Research Centre in Film & Digital Media.


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


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

The films of Mohamed Chouikh

Trauma in Algerian documentary since the 1990s

Political depression in recent French cinema 

Contemporary French horror cinema

Future Research

Bourdieu and cinema

Cinema and depression 

Research Roles

Director of Research Centre in Film and Digital Media

Postcolonial Research Group

Postgraduate Supervision

I have supervised PhDs on French cinema and on French literature, and am currently co-supervising 5 PhDs:

--representations of the Algerian War in French and Algerian cinema

--representations of the Holocaust in recent Israeli, US and German cinema

--Chinese independent film fetivals

--the uterus as cinematic frame in narrative film

--children in recent Spanish horror cinema 



Undergraduate Teaching

SML1021 Introduction to Film Studies

SML1022 Introduction to Cultural Studies 

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