The Department of Film and Television is home to internationally renowned researchers with expertise ranging from television drama, film comedy and the Western to colour in film, global cinemas, animation and the screen media surrounding the Olympics.

Research areas

Academics develop ideas and share knowledge across themed areas representing established departmental research strengths:

  • Archives: explores the past of film and other media forms through their material, industrial and discursive traces, working with major national and international archives.
  • Classic Hollywood Aesthetics: evaluates achievements of studio-era Hollywood, engaging with key and neglected works of criticism in this area.
  • Genre: develops new ways of understanding a range of television and film forms such as comedy, the Western and drama.
  • Intermediality: examines medium specificity by investigating how media forms relate to and shape each other.
  • Transnational Cinemas: explores how film's aesthetic, technological and cultural forms are shaped by cross-cultural understanding and globalisation.


Here is a selection of current and recent funded projects led by our academics:

Associated centre

Screen Research

Co-ordinators: Dr Jacqueline Maingard (Film and Television) and Professor Catherine O'Rawe (Italian).

Collaborations and activities

We regularly disseminate our research at national and international conferences, and through public talks, media engagement and co-produced research with communities.

In developing, presenting and applying our research, we draw on links with local partners, including Bristol SilentsBristol Vision Institute and Watershed Media Centre, as well as national and international bodies such as the BBCBritish Film Institute and Worldwide Universities Network. We also contribute to various international film and media festivals.

a group of people in an outside setting sitting and standing on bleachers with a crane holding a large screen at the front showing a screening. Research in the faculty

Our research forms part of the overall research activities and strategies of the Faculty of Arts.

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