School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Lydia Wu

Research Associate


I am research associate for a major AHRC-funded project entitled Independent Cinema in China from 1990-2017: State, Market and Film Culture which runs from February 2019 to January 2023. Before joining Newcastle, I worked as lecturer of Chinese studies at the University of Hull from late 2016 to early 2019. I did two research degrees in film studies and got my doctoral degree in film studies from Newcastle University in 2017.


My research interests include circulation of Chinese independent films in the PRC and beyond, film exhibition culture and film festivals with an East Asian focus. My doctoral thesis examines sustainability and legitimation of Chinese independent film festival, which existed from early 2000s to 2016 to showcase and promote Chinese independent films. I’m revising it and plan to publish it as a monograph. As part of the research to the AHRC project, I will further look into Chinese independent filmmaking in terms of production and contact with the international film circuit and market. I’m also currently looking at the Golden Horse Awards to examine how it positions itself in the world of Chinese language cinema and what role it plays to mediate between a Taiwanese identity and a pan-Chinese identity.


Co-authorted with Sabrina Q. Yu, 'From Elitism to Institutionalization: CIFF and Chinese Independent Film Festivals' in Chris Berry and Luke Robinson, ed. Chinese Film Festivals: Sites of Translation. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016

'How Does It Survive?' The Tenth Beijing Independent Film Festival', Senses of Cinema, issue 68, 2013

'When we talk about feminism at a film festival, what are we talking about?: The First China Women's Film Festival', Senses of Cinema, issue 70, 2014


Co-translated with Hong Jiachun & Ma Ran, Serenade Sheyingji: zhuguan dining yu sanwen dining, chapter 4, 5 &8, Yu Tianqi & Dong Bingeing (eds), Beijing: Beepub, 2014, a translation of The Personal Camera: Subjective Cinema and the Essay Film from the English of Laura Rascaroli, Wallfower Press: London, 2009