Film and Theatre

Edinburgh Film Seminar

The Edinburgh Film Seminar brings a broad range of film academics and experts to the University of Edinburgh.

In the past, we have had the pleasure to host lectures, seminars and master classes by Laura Mulvey, Michel Chion, Mark Cousins, Chris Fujiwara, Richard Dyer and Raymond Bellour, amongst other filmmakers, critics, theorists, and festival directors.

The seminar is free and open to all students, staff and the general public.

View the seminar series calendar

Past events




For a discipline in its relative adolescence, film studies has experienced a whole host of trends in its methodologies, emphases and even subject matter. In this talk Dr Mattias Frey (University of Kent) argues against a zero-sum scenario and for a more comprehensive and broad-church attitude to film and media research, using the example of a research project on the future of film criticism in the age of the internet.


Previous seminars

  • Thursday 2 April 2015: Professor Sarah Cooper, "Merleau-Ponty and Film Theory"
  • Friday 13 February 2015: Dr Lucy Bolton, "Cinema and the Philosophy of Iris Murdoch: Building a Moral Vision"
  • Thursday 5 February 2015: Dr Philippa Lovatt, "Sound Design, Violence and the Ethics of Listening"
  • Friday 28 November 2014: Yorgos Tsemberopoulos, Yiannis Sakaridis and Giorgos Mikroyiannakis, "Current Greek Cinema: A Discussion with Filmmakers"
  • Thursday 27 November 2014: Dr Michael Stewart, "The Death of the Father and Cultural Renewal: The Anticipation of Home in The Edge of Heaven (2007) and Father of My Children (2009)"
  • Thursday 13 November 2014: Dr Felicity Colman, "Materialist Film Theory"
  • Thursday 23 October 2014: Katherine Blakeney, "The Influence of German Expressionism on Modern Animation: Fusing Thesis Research and Independent Filmmaking"
  • Thursday 13 March 2014: Dr David Sorfa, "The Force of Metaphor: Ritual Sacrifice and Fluids in the Films of Michael Haneke"
  • Tuesday 4 March 2014: Dr Charlotte Gleghorn, "Time, Pre-Cinema and Indigenous Aesthetics in La raiz de la resistencia"
  • Thursday 13 February 2014: Dr. Kate Ince, "Desire, Power and Violence in Claire Denis's White Material"
  • Wednesday 5 February 2014: Dr Libby Saxton, "Iconic Photography as Proto-Cinema: 'The Falling Soldier' (1936) and Film"
  • Tuesday 26 November 2013: Yuri Leving, "The Eye-deology of Trauma: Killing Anna Karenina Softly"
  • Thursday 7 November 2013: David Martin-Jones, "Nonhuman Landscapes: Transworld History in Uncle Boonmee and Nostalgia for the Light"
  • Monday 28 October 2013: Robert Sinnerbrink, "Cinematic Ethics: Film as a Medium of Ethical Experience"
  • Friday 25 October 2013: Daniel Yacavone, "Film Worlds: Beyond Words?"
  • Monday 21 October 2013: Mark Cousins in Conversation
  • Thursday, March 28: Dr. David Archibald (Glasgow), "Revolutionary Realisms (Sur and Social) from Paris to the GDR: The Spanish Civil War in the Films of Fernando Arrabal and Frank Beyer."
  • Thursday, March 21: Dr. Andrew Klevan, "Barbara Stanwyck, Comedy and Tonal Finesse"