The Centre for Interdisciplinary Film Research is a forum for Film researchers at Exeter and beyond.

Film Studies staff research interests and centres

Our research interests include diverse subjects including:

  • History and theory of American cinema
  • British and European cinemas
  • Transnational and world cinemas (African, East Asian, Latin American and diasporic cinemas and filmmakers)
  • Early and silent cinema
  • US TV
  • Film technologies and special effects
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Stars, acting and performance
  • Adaptation studies
  • Genre studies
  • Sound

Staff in Film Studies have recently published on the following topics: animation; Catherine Deneuve; CGI; Chinese queer cinema; early cinema; epics and blockbusters; the femme fatale; genre and genres; the Hollywood Left; international stardom and its relation to European culture; Mathieu Kassovitz; Miami Vice; North African filmmakers working in France; transnational cinemas; the history of sound design; stage illusions and special effects; tie-ins and marketing; media constructions of Seattle; Taiwanese cinema; and virtual actors and performance.

More details about our specialisms in film can be found by looking at our staff profiles.

Centre for Interdisciplinary Film Research

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Film Research (CIFR) provides a lively interdisciplinary research forum for research staff, academics, postgraduates and film practitioners. It encourages intellectual exchange between film theory, history and practice as well as exchanges between Film Studies and other disciplines. It regularly hosts external speakers from both academia and the creative industries to give papers, presentations and workshops. Recent speakers have included filmmakers Don Boyd, Mike Figgis, Mike Leigh and Nicolas Roeg, screenwriter Andrew Davies, and sound designer Tom Sayers.