Sheffield Centre for Research in Film

The Sheffield Centre for Research in Film (SCRIF) acts as a hub for a diverse, interdisciplinary community of scholars and researchers, from the University of Sheffield and beyond, with shared interests in the significance, analysis, role and impact of the moving image.

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Here you will find profiles and backgrounds for the Group’s academic staff and research students, news and information about events organised by members of the Centre, details of publications and research activity linked to the Group, and links for contact and discussion with us.

Seminars and events 2022/23

Wednesday 22nd March

Tim Moffatt (School of English)

‘Andrei Tarkovsky and the Haunting of Mizoguchi’

Liam Ball (School of English)

‘Men at Work: Class in the Australian Horror Film’

Wednesday 26th April

Dr Wayne Wong (School of East Asian Studies)

‘ChatGPT: Potentials and Limitations of AI on Film Studies’

Dr  Dorothy Lau (Hong Kong Baptist University)

‘Reconfiguring the Auteur Image of Wong Kar-wai in China’s Platformised Cinephilic Culture’

Wednesday 17th May

Megan Stephens (School of English)

‘Embodied Death and Grievability in Contemporary Fantastic Film and Television’

Mark Done (School of English)

‘Living Beyond the Frontier: Landscape in the Neo-Western’

Annual Symposium: Friday 9th June 2023 10am-4pm, Jessop West, Floor 3, Seminar Room 8

Keynote address:

Dr Susan Mains (University of Dundee): 

‘Cinematic Borders and Fidgety Films: Representing Transatlantic Mobilities’ 


Sarah Alwin (School of English)

Elinor Dolliver (University of Cambridge)

Dr Joe Horsey (University of Bristol)

Min-Kyoo Kim (University of Cambridge)

Dr Carmen Levick (School of English)

Dr Xi Liu (School of East Asian Studies)

Prof Sue Vice (School of English)

Xinyi Wang (Nagoya University)

Guiyan Wei (Nagoya University)

Sam Warnock (University of Edinburgh)


Seminars and events 2021/22 

Wednesday 23rd March

Dr Fabienne Collignon: ‘Insectile Subjectile: Under the Skin

Prof Jonathan Rayner: ‘A(nother) Definition of Australian Gothic Cinema’

Wednesday 27th April

Dr Elsa Marshall (Dept. of Music)

Dr Maisha Wester: ‘Black Lives Matter Horror: Defining a New Genre’

Wednesday 18th May

Natasha Broadhurst: The Textured Realism of Weekend (Haigh, 2011)

Dr Georgia Thomas-Parr (School of East Asian Studies): Film for Thought: Decolonising the Gaze Through Lee Chang Dong’s Poetry (2010)

Annual Symposium: Friday 10th June 2022 10am-4pm, Jessop West, Floor 3, Seminar Room 8

Keynote address:

Prof Lucia Nagib (University of Reading): ‘Realist Cinema as World Cinema’


Prof David Forrest (School of English): Back up ‘That’ Hill: Revisiting the British New Wave

Natasha Broadhurst (School of English): ‘New Queer Realism’ in Contemporary British Cinema

Dr Gemma Ballard (School of East Asian Studies): Reconstructing the Korean Self: Thirdspace, National Imagination and Conflating Realities in Kim Ki-Duk’s 3-Iron (2004)

Prof Jonathan Rayner (School of English): The ‘Real’ Navy: Television, Documentary and British Naval Culture since the 1970s


Jennifer Coates

My research and teaching are situated at the intersection of Japanese Studies, Film Studies, History, History of Art, and Anthropology, and can best be characterized as Japanese Cultural Studies. My work takes an interdisciplinary approach drawing from ethnography, art history, and museum studies as well as film studies. I use Japanese language and visual communications in my research practice and dissemination, with training in research-led filmmaking which resulted in a short documentary film on postwar cinema culture (When Cinema Was King, 2018). My collaborative research and editorship includes work in the fields of memory studies, gender studies, and politics, as well as pedagogy. Full profile

Jonathan Rayner

I research and publish in several distinct and related areas of film theory and analysis. My key interests are in Australian and New Zealand genre cinema (particularly Gothic films), the interconnections of cinema and landscape, auteur theory, studies of popular genres, and naval history in fictional and documentary film. Full profile


Fabienne Collignon

I am particularly interested in American techno-culture and the Cold War. My main interest is genre cinema, namely science fiction and horror, and I have done work on the films of Stanley Kubrick, John Carpenter, and Cold War B-movies. Full profile

Jonathan Ellis

I research and publish on contemporary American and Japanese cinema (particularly the films of Studio Ghibli). My research on American cinema is inspired by the experience of teaching two courses over the last few years, an entire course on Woody Allen and another on the road movie. The relationship between cinema and memory has always fascinated me. For this reason, I love the work of Terence Davies, David Lynch, and Terrence Malick. Full profile

David Forrest

I work on British film and television drama. My main research interests are in representations of space and place; art cinema and realism; politics, particularly the representation of political parties on screen; the films of Shane Meadows; and co-produced and participatory approaches to research in screen studies. Full profile

Robert McKay

I research the representation of animals in post-war politics and culture (1945-70), focusing on how film discourse (including criticism) challenges and reconfigures the limit conditions of political thought about animals in the period. More broadly, I am interested in film genres as technologies for the production of knowledge about animals, the focus of my teaching on “No Animals Were Harmed in the Making of this Module (Animals in Film)”. Full profile

Sue Vice

I am influenced by the work of Mikhail Bakhtin and my research background is in the work of Malcolm Lowry. My publications in the field of literary theory include Psychoanalytic Criticism: A Reader (1996) and Introducing Bakhtin (1997). Full profile 

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