School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Dr Sabrina Qiong Yu Yu

Senior Lecturer in Chinese and Film Studies


Roles and Responsibilities

Programme Director of MA Film: Theory and Practice 


PhD in Film Studies, University of Nottingham, UK
MPhil in Cultural Studies, University of Birmingham, UK
MA in Journalism and Mass Communication, Beijing Normal University, China 


Chinese, English

Office Hours

2-3pm Wednesdays, 1-3pm Fridays

Office: OLB 5.05a

External Examiner of Chinese Studies programme in the following universities:

 University College Cork, Ireland: 2012-2015

 University of Hull: 2013-2017

 Maynooth University, Ireland: 2014-17

 Bangor University: 2014-2018


Research Interests

    Transnational Chinese-language cinema, Chinese independent films and film festivals, censorship, stardom and performance, media representation of gender and sexuality, action/martial arts genre, audience/reception studies

    I curated a few Chinese independent film festivals in Newcastle in collaboration with independent film festivals or film company in China, and I am committed to promoting the exhibition and research of Chinese independent cinema in the UK.

    Current Work

    I am currently researching Chinese independent films (fiction and documentary) in the 21st century.

    Postgraduate Supervision

       Yang Li, PhD candidate, dissertation title: Screening Tibet Film from Three Perspectives: An Exploration of Representations of Tibet in Western, Tibetan, and Han Chinese Film, Oct. 2013 to present

      Lydia Dan Wu, PhD candidate, dissertation title: Minjian Film Exhibition in Post-Socialist¡¡China: Sustainability and Self-Legitimation, completed in 2016.

      Kelly Mc George, MLitt candidate, dissertation title: The Socially Conscious Lens of the Overground Films of Jia Zhangke in the Surreal World of Contemporary China,  completed in 2015.

      James Cummings, MLitt candidate, Homosexual Identity Construction at the intersection of Sexuality and Regionalism in China, completed in 2013.


      Undergraduate Teaching 

      SML2011 Cities in East Asian Cinema: Culture, History and Identity (module leader)

      CHN4009 Gender and Media in Contemporary China (module leader)

      CHN4011 Documenting China: Studying Chinese Culture and Society through Documentaries (module leader)

      SML 4099 Dissertation (China)

      Postgraduate Teaching

      FMS8055 Approaches to Film History and Theory

      FMS8360 Researching Film: Skills and Methods (module leader)

      FMS8355 Stars: Systems, Nations and Theories (module leader)

      FMS8356 Exhibition Cultures: Film Programming and Marketing

      FMS8099 Dissertation (film) (module leader)