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Robyn Woronka – University of Reading

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Robyn Woronka

A geographical 'sense of place' can be reflected in a film, but does it consider the audience's perception of the place and reality for the local community?

This research aims to explore how the power of film shapes the sense of place found in British towns, seeking to better understand the relationship between a geographical sense of place and how a sense of place is portrayed and perceived through film.  To understand this relationship, the research will include an examination of a geographical sense of place, a critical analysis of geographical place identity (specifically East Suffolk) and its representation in the film Yesterday (2019), along with feedback from local residents, film viewers and filmmakers.  Research methodologies include theoretical analysis, observation, interviews, surveys and data analysis.  The findings aim to be integrated into human geography and film studies, creating a cross-disciplinary understanding of the importance of place.  In practical terms, there is potential for influencing local, regional and national authorities and how they respond to the development of local areas and communities through film production and tourism-related initiatives.


About Me:

I hold a BA in Canadian Studies from Bishops University, Canada (1997) and an MA in Urban Regeneration (2000), University of Westminster, UK and an MA in Documentary Practices, University for the Creative Arts, UK (2016). Dividing my time between the UK and Canada over the past 20 years, I have experience working in urban/market town regeneration and more recently, documentary filmmaking, prior to commencing my PhD. I have an interest in cultural identities, (local/national, individual/collective), specifically place identity and spectatorship in film consumption. 

Research Interests:

  • Cinematic Geography.
  • Sense of place.
  • Cultural identities.

Research Groups:

Human Geography Research Cluster 



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