Areas of interest
My research is primarily focused on questions of realism in film, particularly through the interweaving of documentary and fiction in Iranian art cinema. Informed by mise-en-scene analysis and film theory, I explore realism as a both a visual strategy and a political and philosophical act in which the filmmaking process directly engages with the real physical world.
Recent research papers and video essay projects have analysed, for instance, distanciation and reflexivity in Abbas Kiarostami’s Close-Up (1990) and football and female spectatorship in Jafar Panahi’s Offside (2006).
I welcome postgraduate students with an interest in Iranian cinema or world cinema more broadly, particularly relating to cinematic realism and other issues of representation.
I convene and teach across a range of modules, including:
Introduction to Filmmaking
Approaches to Film
Screen Storytelling and Criticism
Advanced Filmmaking Project
MA Film Practice or Dissertation
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Member of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS)