Film Studies at QMUL is a leading centre of research in the fields of film history, cultures and national cinemas. Areas of expertise include the cultures and industries of British, US, French, Italian, Russian, and Spanish cinemas. Members of the Film History cluster have published on stars (including Sophia Loren and Catherine Deneuve), directors (including Sally Potter, Lynne Ramsay, Bertrand Blier, Pedro Almodovar, Carol Reed and Luis Bunuel) and producers (including Carlo Ponti and Alexander Korda). Other areas of research specialism include the history film, the war film, the Holocaust, trauma and cultural memory.
Members of Film History regularly give talks at organisations such as the Institut Français, the British Film Institute, the Barbican and the National Portrait Gallery. Recent events include Dr Mark Glancy’s talk on Hitchcock’s London, at the Barts Pathology Museum, and Dr Sue Harris’s series of podcasts for French Cultural Studies (listen here). We also hosted a groundbreaking conference on British Film and Television Stardom in November 2013, co-organised by Adrian Garvey and Dr Julie Lobalzo Wright.
Current projects include an examination of iconic images of political violence, the transatlantic stardom of Cary Grant, the cinema of the Russian revolution, and British stage and screen stardom.
Our research partners include the British Library, the Film Finances Archive, and the Lindsay Anderson Memorial Foundation. See individual links for fuller information.