Dr Hoi Lun Law (MSt, PhD)
Teaching Fellow in Film Studies
40 George Square
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- Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, I have taught at the Universities of Bristol and Stirling, and at UWE Bristol.
- My first book Ambiguity and Film Criticism: Reasonable Doubt (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021) jointly explores ambiguity as an aesthetic concept in movies and how it sheds light on the nature of film criticism. It received Honourable Mention for Best First Monograph at the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) Publication Awards 2022 (reviews: https://widescreenjournal.files.wordpress.com/2022/08/review-of-ambiguity-and-film-criticism-1.pdf & http://filmint.nu/ambiguity-and-film-criticism-hoi-lun-law-review-thomas-puhr/)
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)
Responsibilities & affiliations
- Associate Editor, [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film and Moving Image Studies
- Co-editor, the Audiovisual Essay website (https://reframe.sussex.ac.uk/audiovisualessay/)
- Film Criticism and Metacriticism
- Film Theory
- Cinema Auteurs
- Sound and Cinema
- 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
- 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)
- '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.
(2023, with Dominic Lash) Gilles Deleuze and Film Criticism: Philosophy, Theory, and the Individual Film, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
(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.
(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/