Dr Hoi Lun Law (MSt, PhD)

Teaching Fellow in Film Studies



2018 - PhD in Film Studies (University of Bristol)

2013 - MSt in Film Aesthetics (University of Oxford)

2012 - BA (Hons) in Film Studies (University of Sussex)

Postgraduate teaching

  • Film Criticism and Metacriticism
  • Film Theory
  • Film-Philosophy
  • Cinema Auteurs
  • The Cinema of Alfred Hitchcock
  • Introduction to European Cinema

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

Unfortunately I am not able to offer lead supervision for the PhD in Film Studies. 

If you are interested in applying for the PhD in Film Studies please go to: https://www.ed.ac.uk/literatures-languages-cultures/film/phd-film-studies

Research summary

  • Film style and aesthetics
  • Film criticism, interpretation, and evaluation
  • Film theory, especially its relationship to film criticism
  • Classical Hollywood Cinema
  • The video essay  (my videographic works can be found on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user9985300)


Character as Character: Understanding and Appreciating People in Film symposium, University of Bristol, 13th October 2018 (co-organising with Dr Dominic Lash)

Papers delivered

  • 'Between obviousness and uncertainty: The Human Surge (2016) and film criticism', British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies conference, University of St Andrews, 21 April 2022.
  • ‘The pertinence of significance’, Film as Film Today: On the Criticism and Theory of V. F. Perkins Symposium, University of Warwick, 5 September 2018.
  • ‘Reading in reasonable doubt’, Screen Conference 2016, University of Glasgow, 26 June 2016.
  • ‘Evaluating ambiguity’, Film-Philosophy Conference 2015: The Evaluation of Form, University of Oxford, 21 July 2015.
  • ‘The poetic point of view: problems and possibilities’, POÉSIE/TRADUCTION/FILM Conference, Paul Valéry University, 18 June 2015.


(2021) Ambiguity and Film Criticism: Reasonable Doubt, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.

Edited volume

(2023, with Dominic Lash) Gilles Deleuze and Film Criticism: Philosophy, Theory, and the Individual Film, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Book chapter

(2023) 'What does Deleuze do when he does film criticism?' in Dominic Lash and Hoi Lun Law (eds.) Gilles Deleuze and Film Criticism: Philosophy, Theory, and the Individual Film, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. 

(2018) ‘The Poetic Point of View’ in Vincent Dussol and Adriana Serban (eds.) Poésie-Traduction-Cinéma/Poetry-Translation-Film, Limoges: Editions Lambert-Lucas, pp. 209-26.

Selected Articles

(2020) ‘Criticism Working with Theory’, Critical Quarterly, Vol. 62, no. 1, pp. 130-4. [A review of Gilberto Perez's The Eloquent Screen: A Rhetoric of Film]

(2018) ‘Critical Haunting’, Short Film Studies 9.2 (April), pp. 219-22.   

(2014) ’On ANGST/FEAR', The Audiovisual Essay website, Available at: http://reframe.sussex.ac.uk/audiovisualessay/ reflections/reflections-on-av-essays/hoi-lun-law-on-angstfear-adrian-martin-cristina-alvarez-lopez-2014/