Research Centre for Film

About Us

About Us

Engagement with film and media can contribute to the creative economy and cultural wellbeing.

Our researchers and students get to grips with filmmaking, cinema history and theory as part of the Centre for Film and Media.

Our staff and research students come from the Schools of Arts and Cultures, Modern Languages, English Literature Language and Linguistics, Geography Politics and Sociology  and beyond.

Research expertise

Our researchers specialise in: 

  • the history, theory and analysis of film, film stars and film audiences
  • international, transnational, national and regional cinemas in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia
  • film production in creative documentary and fiction
  • practice-led research in observational filmmaking, editing, narrative construction and subtitling
  • creative practice in writing for the screen, multimedia production and digital media
Dr Andrew Shail, Senior Lecturer in Film, talks about his research interests.

Culture Lab

The university’s focal point for creative arts practice is Culture Lab. It is home to much of our activity. 

We are also part of the university’s Institute of Creative Arts Practice.

Independent Cinemas

There is a vibrant film culture at at Newcastle with independent cinemas including:

The Tyneside Cinema, dating back to 1937, is Newcastle’s independent cinema. It runs a weekend screening and discussion of a new or classic adaptation, presented by a local expert.

The Star and Shadow screens classics, independent and experimental films.

Side Cinema is an independent 48-seat cinema on Newcastle's Quayside.