CFAC Director

Professor Lúcia Nagib 
Lúcia Nagib is Professor of Film in the Department of Film, Theatre & Television, University of Reading. Her research has focused, among other subjects, on polycentric approaches to world cinema, new waves and new cinemas, cinematic realism and intermediality. She is the Principal Investigator of the AHRC-FAPESP project ‘Towards an Intermedial History of Brazilian Cinema: Exploring Intermediality as a Historiographic Method’, a collaboration between the University of Reading and the Federal University of São Carlos. She is the author of World Cinema and the Ethics of Realism (Continuum, 2011), Brazil on Screen: Cinema Novo, New Cinema, Utopia (I.B. Tauris, 2007), The Brazilian Film Revival: Interviews with 90 Filmmakers of the 90s (Editora 34, 2002), Born of the Ashes: The Auteur and the Individual in Oshima’s Films (Edusp, 1995), Around the Japanese Nouvelle Vague (Editora da Unicamp, 1993) and Werner Herzog: Film as Reality (EstaçãoLiberdade, 1991). She is the editor of Impure Cinema: Intermedial and Intercultural Approaches to Film (with Anne Jerslev, 2013), Theorizing World Cinema (with Chris Perriam and Rajinder Dudrah, I.B. Tauris, 2011), Realism and the Audiovisual Media (with Cecília Mello, Palgrave, 2009), The New Brazilian Cinema (I.B. Tauris, 2003), Master Mizoguchi (Navegar, 1990) and Ozu (Marco Zero, 1990).

CFAC Members

Dr Rob Banham (Typography) - film credit sequences

Mr Guy Baxter University archivist
Guy Baxter has been University Archivist at University of Reading since 2008. Relevant holdings include actual film (chiefly non-fiction material in Museum of English Rural Life collection), and paper archives relating to film. Prominent among these are the papers of Samuel Beckett, Stephen Dwoskin and Andrew Britton, but there are also holdings relating to David Lean and Elinor Glyn. Guy's research interests lie in the management of performing arts collections: in particular he is interested in the recording and aggregation of data relating to live performance. Guy is a former Chair of the UK's Association of Performing Arts Collections.

Dr Cindy Becker (English) - Shakespeare on screen

Dr Andreas Behnke (Politics and International Relations) - Iraq on screen


Professor Jonathan Bignell (Film, Theatre & Television) - Television and film
Jonathan Bignell is Professor of Television and Film at the University of Reading. He is primarily a media historian and has led teams of researchers on five major projects funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to study the history of British television drama.  These projects, valued at about £2 million, began with ‘The BBC Wednesday Plays and Post-War British Drama’ and most recently he led ‘Spaces of Television: Production, Site and Style’.  He is a Trustee of the Beckett International Foundation and his monograph Beckett on Screen is one of his sixteen books on television and film topics. He is the co-editor of the book A European Television History and two editions of British Television Drama: Past, Present and Future.  His extensive journal publication about television, film and media includes articles in Screen, Media History and the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. He serves on the advisory boards of eight academic journals, and recent international invitations include speaking in Denmark, France, Germany and the USA.  His research combines study of archival documents with analysis of screen aesthetics, and he is currently writing about 1960s science fiction television in Britain and the USA.


Ms Alison Butler (Film, Theatre & Television) – Film

Professor Susanne Clausen (Art) - Art film / gallery film

Dr Neil Cocks (English) - Film and children's literature


Tamara Courage (Film, Theatre & Television) – PhD Student in Film
Tamara’s thesis ‘Confronting Realities: The Challenges of Urban Spaces, Mobility and Memory in Contemporary Chinese Independent Cinema’ examines contemporary Chinese independent cinema’s contribution to national and world cinemas. More specifically, it focuses on the marginalised subject in Mainland China who is often ignored in mainstream film but who is historically pertinent to capturing the country’s phenomenal developments. Her aim is to understand how recent transformations in China have impacted on the independent filmmaker’s style that often blends documentary with fictional narratives and gives rise to complex representations of marginalised historical subjects. With support from the White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Tamara was granted the opportunity to conduct her PhD research and study Mandarin for one year at Nanjing University in China. She has co-edited the graduate newsletter for the Centre for World Cinemas at the University of Leeds and has co-organised postgraduate conferences at both the University of Leeds and the University of Reading. She has a forthcoming publication in the Directory of World Cinema: American Independent 3.

Dr Madeleine Davies (English) - Film and Television

Dr Lucy Fife Donaldson (Film, Theatre & Television) - Film and Television

Dr Alison Donnell (English) - Modern literature

Dr Alexandre Figueiroa (Film, Theatre & Television) - Senior Researcher in Film
The "Brazilian cinema and its reception in the United Kingdom from Retomada" will make a study on the reception of Brazilian movies in UK from the *Retomada* in 1994 to the present day. During this period there was a renaissance of filmmaking that aroused abroad, the attention of specialized and academic criticism. The purpose is to show that the good reception of these films occurs due to the insertion of the films in the new cartography of world cinema when they articulate local and cosmopolitan in addressing the socio-cultural reality of Brazil. This research has grant from CAPES, Ministry of Education of Brazil.


Dr Rachel Garfield (Art) - Lens-based media, experimental film

Dr John Gibbs (Film, Theatre & Television) - Film


Dr Albert Elduque (IntermIdia Postdoctoral Researcher)

Albert Elduque holds a PhD on Social Communication (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, 2014) and is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the project "Towards and Intermedial History of Brazilian Cinema: Exploring Intermediality as a Historiographic Method" at the Centre for Film Aesthetics and Cultures of the University of Reading. His doctoral dissertation addressed the concepts of hunger, consumption and vomit in political modern cinema, focusing on the cases of Europe and Brazil, and he has presented papers and articles on filmmakers such as Werner Herzog, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Marco Ferreri, Glauber Rocha, Ruy Guerra and Joaquim Pedro de Andrade. His lines of investigation are the aesthetics of political cinema and Latin American cinema (especially Brazilian film), which he has studied during research stays in the Universidade de São Paulo (2011), the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (2014) and the Universidade Federal Fluminense (2015).


Dr Christina Hellmich (Politics and International Relations) - Iraq on Screen

Dr Rebecca Hillman (Film, Theatre & Television) – Theatre

Dr Brenda Hollweg (Research Fellow at the University of Leeds) - Film

Dr Simone Knox (Film, Theatre & Television) - Television and film

Dr Igor Krstic (Film, Theatre & Television) – Postdoctoral Fellow in Film
My postdoctoral research ‘Accented Essay Films: Defining a New Transnational Film Practice’ is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and focuses on a film form that is often described as a crossover between documentary, fiction and experimental film. More specifically, it is concerned with a topic repeatedly dealt with in essay films: migration and the exploration of its personal and political intricacies and consequences.

Dr Daniela La Penna (Italian) - Italian Cinema


Dr Charles Leavitt (Italian) - Italian culture
Charles L. Leavitt IV is a Lecturer in Italian Studies in the Department of Modern Languages and European Studies. He studies modern Italian literature and cinema in a comparative context. Leavitt earned his PhD in Literature from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a Presidential Fellow in the Humanities, an Annese Fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, and a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Italian Studies. Leavitt's scholarly interests include post-war Italian culture, Italian neorealist cinema, and African Americans in Italian literature and film. Co-editor of the journal Italianist Film, Leavitt's work has appeared in Modern Language Notes, Italian Culture, The Italianist, and the Journal of Modern Italian Studies. He has published on the films of Carlo Lizzani and Valerio Zurlini in World Film Locations: Florence, and has a forthcoming essay on Giuseppe De Santis's Riso amaro in The Total Art: Italian Cinema from Silent Screen to Digital Image (Bloomsbury, 2016). He is currently working to complete his monograph, a cultural history of Italian neorealism.

Professor Catherine Leglu (French) - French literature on screen

Silvia Macedo (Film, Theatre & Television) - PhD Student in Film
My academic research examines the production of a set of films made by
filmmakers from Pernambuco in the last 15 years and proposes to produce a documentary on the issue. My project investigates the role of art direction in the composition of the cinematic narrative, particularly highlighting the importance of colour as a constitutive element of the visual language of this “new cinema” from Pernambuco. Beyond the understanding of colour and scenography and determining the cinematic languages component in the filmic narrative, I seek to understand how the art direction creates and modifies meanings and differentiates and classifies elements and situations. This research defends the hypothesis that this set of films reflects a regional visual culture, manifesting through reciprocal influences among its directors, but also dialogues with international Trends.

Camilo Martin-Florez (Film, Theatre & Television) - PhD Student in Film
My current research revolves around the *Colombian Film and Audiovisual Heritage*. Martín-Flórez uses *Pensamiento Decolonial *(Decolonial Thinking) theories, as well as their subaltern predecessors, successors and detractors, as a means to ground a research on subaltern cinematic art-forms. Camilo's research transcends the borders of the Republic of Colombia, to reflect as well on the South American, "Latin American" and world hierarchical and subaltern national cinema's positions. Martín-Flórez employs the films and works by subaltern Colombian filmmakers from the 1960s to the 1990's, to constitute an example of a plebeian interpellation from a national film heritage to the world cinema hierarchies, ultimately aiming for its replication by other national cinemas worldwide.

Professor Anna McMullan (Film, Theatre & Television) - Theatre with an interest in film

Ms Amrit Maghera-Johal (Reading Film Theatre)

Dr Peter Miskell (Henley Business School) - Film industry

Dr Paola Nasti (Italian) - Italian cinema


Mark Player ( Film, Theatre & Television) - PhD Student in Film

Mark's research examines intermedial aesthetics within independent and self-produced Japanese film production that took place during the 1970s and 1980s. This era saw a rise in what is referred to in Japanese as jishu seisaku eiga, meaning 'autonomously-produced films', where bands of young, nonprofessional filmmakers would use 8 and 16mm to make short and feature length narrative cinema on their terms. Lacking resources, these filmmakers would be inspired by and often reached out to other likeminded creatives from Japan's contemporaneous punk music and DIY street theatre scenes, leading to instances of palpable intermedial figuration in their films, as well as volatile fusions of musicality and performativity. This research shall look at the early work of filmmakers such as Shinya Tsukamoto, Gakuryu (formerly Sogo) Ishii and Sion Sono.

In September 2017, Mark was awarded a BAJS Studentship from the British Association of Japanese Studies (

Dr Lisa Purse (Film, Theatre & Television) – Film
Lisa Purse is Associate Professor in Film in the Department of Film, Theatre & Television at the University of Reading. She is the author of Contemporary Action Cinema (2011) and Digital Imaging in Popular Cinema (2013), and has published widely on digital visual effects technologies, genre cinema, and the politics of representations of the body on film. She is currently researching projects on cinema and the epistemology of war, and space and duration in contemporary digital Cinema.


Dr Maria do Carmo Piçarra (Film, Theatre & Television) – Postdoctoral Fellow in Film
There is no comparative study on the colonial cinemas of former colonial empires, namely from Portugal and its direct influences: France and England. “‘Cinema Empire’. Portugal, France and England colonial representations on film”, Maria do Carmo Piçarra’spostdoctoral research, funded by FCT, studies selected films from the Portuguese, French and English colonial collections. Some of the investigation purposes are to isolate common “traces” through filmic analyse; to investigate the colonial iconography considering "intermediality" (Nagib) and the "migration" of representations between media as a contribution to a genealogy (Foucault) of the "colonial gesture"; to display a "montage" of images (Didi-Huberman/Warburg) and to contribute to the characterization of a “colonial cinema aesthetics".


Dr Stefan Soloman (IntermIdia Postdoctural Researcher)

My research is concerned with the intermedial aspects of film history. I am currently analysing the interplay of cinema and the visual arts in the Tropicália movement in Brazil, and considering how the combinations of different media contributed to ideas about cultural spectatorship and participation over several decades. I also maintain an interest in the various relationships between cinema and literature, and have recently completed a monograph on William Faulkner's career as a Hollywood screenwriter.

Professor Lib Taylor

 (Film, Theatre & Television) – Theatre

Mr Chris Wagstaff (Italian) - Italian Cinema

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