Dr Pasquale Iannone (MA, MSc, PhD)

Lecturer in Film Studies


  • Dr Pasquale Iannone completed all three of his degrees at the University of Edinburgh and has been teaching at the University since 2005 across various schools and departments including the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC), Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) and the Centre for Open Learning (COL).
  • His specialism is Film Studies, but he has also designed and taught courses on literature, music and journalism.
  • He has extensive experience designing and delivering courses for a variety of levels including school leavers, undergraduates, postgraduates and mature learners.
  • He has supervised dozens of Film and TV-related dissertations at BA, MA, MFA, MSc and PhD level.
  • Between 2020 and 2023, Dr Iannone organised two strands of speaker events - Edinburgh Film Seminar and Edinburgh Screen Conversations. For the latter strand, he hosted masterclasses with prominent film industry figures including directors Carol Morley (The Falling, Out of Blue) and Gerard Johnson (Hyena, Muscle) and editor Chris McCaleb (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul).
  • Dr Iannone has received multiple nominations for EUSA Teaching Awards, including most recently in the Best Teacher and Outstanding Course categories for 2024.


  • 2011 - PhD Film Studies
  • 2003 - MSc European Film Studies (Distinction)
  • 2002 - MA (Hons) Italian (Distinction)

Undergraduate teaching

Introduction to European Cinema (Course Organiser and Lecturer)


Issues in Contemporary Cinema (Lecturer and Course Organiser)

Contemporary Cinema (Lecturer)

Italian (Tutor)

Postgraduate teaching

Film Adaptation (Lecturer and Course Organiser)

Cinema Auteurs (Lecturer and Course Organiser)

Film and the Other Arts (Lecturer)

Global Women Filmmakers (Lecturer)

Research Methods in Film Studies 2 (Lecturer and Course Organiser)

Research Methods in Film Studies (Lecturer)

Film Theory (Lecturer)

Film-Philosophy (Lecturer)

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

Dr Iannone is open to enquiries in the following areas:

  • Italian cinema
  • French cinema
  • American cinema of the 1970s
  • Widescreen aesthetics
  • Colour and Film
  • Film Sound and Music
  • Film Adaptation
  • Genre and cinema (the crime film and comedy/satire in particular)
  • The video essay and videographic approaches to Film and TV

Current PhD students supervised

Alan Watt, The Tragic Phase of the Western, 1969-1980 (2022 - present)

Research summary

  • Italian cinema
  • French cinema
  • American cinema of the 1970s
  • WWII on Film
  • Widescreen aesthetics
  • Colour and Film
  • Film Sound and Music
  • Film Adaptation
  • Genre and cinema (the crime film and comedy/satire in particular)
  • Videographic approaches to Film and TV

Knowledge exchange

  • In 2020, Dr Iannone programmed the British Film Institute's Federico Fellini centenary retrospective
  • He served as Director of the Italian Film Festival in Scotland between 2018 and 2023, having worked for IFF in various capacities for over a decade previously.
  • He was a long-standing collaborator of Filmhouse in Edinburgh - Scotland's leading independent cinema until its closure in October 2022 -  and was at the forefront a variety of joint projects with UoE, including the curation of two editions of 22-week film season Introduction to European cinema in 2005-2006.
  • He regularly provided pre-screening introductions at Filmhouse and delivered more than 200 between 2005 and 2022. He introduced all the screenings in Filmhouse's Jean-Pierre Melville and Sergio Leone seasons in 2017 and 2018.
  • He has also introduced screenings at Glasgow Film Theatre, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Aberdeen Belmont Filmhouse, Bo'ness Hippodrome, Mareel (Shetland), Barbican, Institute of Contemporary Arts, BFI Southbank and Riverside Studios.
  • He has hosted Q&As with a variety of filmmakers including Paolo Taviani, Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia, Toni Servillo, Carol Morley, Mark Cousins and more.

Invited speaker

July 2023 Zomerfilmcollege 2023 Down and Dirty: The Dark Side of Italian Film Comedy in the 1970s

July 2023 Zomerfilmcollege 2023 Re-imagining Rossellini: Ermanno Olmi and Paolo and Vittorio Taviani in the 1970s

September 2022 Woodbury School of Architecture Film Archives: An Introduction and Overview

January 2022 British Film Institute Between Masters at War: Truffaut and the Lessons of Hitchcock and Rossellini

June 2021 Berwick Educational Association Between Film Noir and the Social Problem Film: The Cinema of Ida Lupino

July 2020 Berwick Educational Association Love and Anarchy: The Films of Lina Wertmüller

February 2020 Berwick Educational Association How Britain Saved The Blues

January 2020 British Film Institute Federico Fellini: Comic Strips and Caricatures

October 2019 Berwick Educational Association The Art of Widescreen Cinema

June 2019 73rd Edinburgh International Film Festival Kino Cuisine: Food and Drink on Film

October 2018 Berwick Educational Association The French New Wave

September 2108 Berwick Educational Association The New American Cinema

June 2018 72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival Revisiting Bergman and Fellini

November 2017 Berwick Educational Association Italian Cinema: Neorealism and Beyond

June 2017 71st Edinburgh International Film Festival European Crime Cinema: From Melville to Mackenzie

October 2016 Southbank Centre Sound and Music in the Films of Stanley Kubrick

June 2016 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival Colour in Contemporary Cinema

October 2015 National Media Museum (Widescreen Weekend) Widescreen Aesthetics and New Wave Cinema

August 2015 BFI Southbank Vittorio De Sica: Stardom, Humanism and Everyday Poetry

June 2015 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival Music Films

June 2014 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival  The Essay Film

June 2013 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival The Art of Widescreen Cinema

June 2012 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival Contemporary Cinematic Soundscapes

Papers delivered

February 2019 British Film Institute Landscape and Architecture in the films of Michelangelo Antonioni

Paper Title: ‘Dopo Michelangelo: Antonionian visions in the films of Wim Wenders, Bruno Dumont and Paolo Sorrentino’


April 2017 York St John University Universities Association for Lifelong Learning Annual Conference

Paper (co-authored with Martine Pierquin): ‘Educational practices: An Insight into the Edinburgh International Film Festival’


March 2016 Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) 2016 Conference (Atlanta, Georgia)

Paper: ‘Performance, Stardom and the Audiovisual Essay’


November 2015 University of Warwick

Rome, Open City: Examining the legacy after seventy years

Paper: From Don Pietro to Patriarch: An audiovisual study of Aldo Fabrizi's performances in Mio figlio professore and Vivere in pace


September 2015 University of Warwick Spying on Spies: Popular Representations of Spies and Espionage

Paper: ‘Dangerous Angles: Widescreen aesthetics in the Harry Palmer Trilogy’


May 2015 University of East Anglia The Audio-Visual / Video Essay in Teaching & Research

Paper: ‘Neo-melodic montage: The songs of Alessio in Gomorrah and Gomorrah: The Series’


July 2014 University of Glasgow Screen Studies Conference

Paper: ‘Widescreen Landscapes and the Outsider’s Gaze in Paolo Sorrentino’s This Must Be The Place and The Great Beauty’


June 2013 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival Jean Grémillon Symposium

Paper: ‘Grémillon and (Poetic) Realism’


April 2013 University of Bedfordshire Spaghetti Westerns in Transit

Paper: ‘Pietro Germi, Hybridity and the Roots of the Italo-Western’


May 2012 Association for Media Education in Scotland (AMES) Teaching Hugo

Paper: ‘The Cinema of Attractions from Méliès to Marty’


September 2011 University of Leeds Film Music Conference: Celebrating the Centennials of Bernard Herrmann and Nino Rota

Paper: ‘The Godfather’s Godmother: Rota, Fortunella and the Politics of Pastiche’


March 2011 York St. John University Partners in Suspense: Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Hitchcock

Paper: ‘On the Road with Hitchcock and Herrmann: Sound, Music and the Car Journey in Vertigo and Psycho’


September 2010 University of Edinburgh ‘Tu se’ lo mio maestro e ’l mio autore’: International Symposium Fostering Collaboration Across Generations of Italianists

Paper: ‘Visconti on Acid: Neo-Viscontian Aesthetics and Luca Guadagnino’s Io Sono L’Amore’


July 2009 Italian Cultural Institute (Edinburgh) Association for the Study of Modern Italy (ASMI) Postgraduate Conference

Paper: ‘From Antony to Cassius: Unpacking Paolo Sorrentino’s Celluloid Jukebox’


July 2008 University of Exeter Re-envisioning the Child in Italian Cinema

Paper: ‘The child and the representation of landscape in Rossellini’s Germany Year Zero and Tarkovsky’s Ivan’s Childhood’


July 2008 University of Glasgow Screen Studies Conference

Paper: ‘Subjective Soundscapes in Němec’s Diamonds of the Night and Klimov’s Come and See’

More video

In the press

  • Dr Iannone is producer and presenter of the Edinburgh Film Podcast
  • In July and August 2023, he delivered a five-part series of online talks for Martin Randall Travel on European Cinema and the Short Story
  • He has spoken at various institutions worldwide as visiting lecturer. In 2014, he delivered sessions on Film and the City at the Architecture Association School of Architecture (London). In 2019, he was invited to deliver sessions on film colour for UpGrade at DFFB (German Film and Television Academy).


  • Dr Iannone is a highly experienced arts critic and broadcaster and has appeared regularly on BBC Radio since 2008 (Radio 3, Radio 4, Radio Scotland, World Service).
  • As a critic for The Afternoon Show on BBC Radio Scotland, he reviews films, TV and radio shows, exhibitions, books, plays, audiobooks and podcasts.
  • He has guest presented several editions of The Afternoon Show, interviewing guests such as Juliette Binoche, Michael Fassbender, Fiona Shaw, Martin Compston, Paolo Sorrentino, Lloyd Kaufman, Dolph Lundgren and Alex Norton.
  • He appeared on BBC Radio 4's The Film Programme between 2009 and 2021, specialising in Italian cinema. Subjects have included the films of Sophia Loren, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jan Nemec and the famous finale of Michelangelo Antonioni's 1962 film L'Eclisse https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06c0cj3
  • In 2014, he was the expert guest on a special edition of BBC Radio 3's Sound of Cinema which explored the career of Italian film composer Ennio Morricone: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04vdfpq
  • In 2011, he was one of the contributors to 'Hollywood: The Prequel' a BBC Radio 4 documentary on pre-WWI European cinema: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00xhgd2

Film Criticism

  • Dr Iannone has been a published film critic since 2002, contributing to outlets such as The List and Senses of Cinema. For the latter, he has written the CTEQ Annotations for titles such as Au revoir les enfants, Trial on the Road, Senso, Broken Lullaby, Europa Europa, Russian Ark, Sicilia!, I Magliari, Mafioso, That Obscure Object of Desire and others. He has written for Sight & Sound magazine since 2008, contributing features, reviews as well as interviews with prominent filmmakers such as Dario Argento, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Alice Rohrwacher, Bertrand Tavernier, Liliana Cavani, Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia.
  • He regularly contributes essays to DVD/Blu-Ray releases and his writing has appeared in releases from Criterion, Arrow, Indicator, Eureka/Masters of Cinema, BFI and Radiance. These include editions of: Il Bidone, Fellini's Roma, Satyricon, Hawks and Sparrows, Pigsty, The Gospel According to Matthew, Hands Over The City, Conversation Piece, Syncopation (Eureka/Masters of Cinema), Bitter Rice (Criterion), Salvatore Giuliano, Cinema Paradiso, Miracle in Milan, Il Tetto, Requiescant, The Voice of the Moon, The Witches (Arrow), The Triple Echo, The Valachi Papers (Indicator), Commedia all'italiana, World Noir (Radiance), Before The Revolution, Jules et Jim, The Last Metro, Partie de campagne (BFI)
  • He has contributed audio commentaries to Arrow Academy releases of La grande bouffe and L'Assassino and video introductions to Uncle Was A Vampire (Severin Films) and Identification of a Woman (Cult Films)


L’armée des ombres (BFI Film Classics)(Under contract)

Book Chapters

‘Pietro Germi, Hybridity and the Roots of the Italo-Western’ in Austin Fisher (ed), Spaghetti Westerns at the Crossroads (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016)

‘Playful Revisionism: The Spaghetti Western’ in Anthony Nield (ed), Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion (London: Arrow, 2016)

‘On The Road With Hitchcock and Herrmann: Sound, Music and the Car Journey in Vertigo and Psycho’ in Steve Rawle (ed), Partners in Suspense: Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Hitchcock (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016)

‘A Drama of Solitude: The Library As Cocoon in Luchino Visconti’s Conversation Piece’ in Eleanor Andrews, Stella Hockenhull, Frances Pheasant-Kelly (eds), Beyond the Screen Door: Spaces of the Cinematic House (London: Routledge, 2015)

‘Rome: City of the Imagination’ in Gabriel Solomons (ed), World Film Locations: Rome (London: Intellect, 2014)

‘Filming the Tuscan Countryside’ in Alberto Zambenedetti (ed), World Film Locations: Florence (London: Intellect, 2014)

‘The Gift of Constraint: Danish-Scottish Collaboration and The Advance Party’ in Nicola Balkind (ed), World Film Locations: Glasgow (London: Intellect 2012)

Selected Video Essays (available to view at www.vimeo.com/piannone)

Banham’s Los Angeles (September 2016)

Visconti: Art and Ambiguity (Fandor, March 2016)

Comedy Vitti Style in Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin (eds), NECSUS European Journal of Media Studies (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2015)

Monicelli’s Dance of Love (Fandor, May 2015)

The Bal(l)ade of Anna Magnani (Transit, March 2015)

Refn’s Inferno (February 2015)

Meetings With Mitchum (MUBI, November 2014)

Book Reviews

Dana Renga, Unfinished Business: Screening the Mafia in the New Millenium (2015) in University of Toronto Quarterly (Volume 84, Number 3, Summer 2015)

Keith Withall, Studying Early and Silent Cinema (2015) in Media Education Journal (2015)

Selected Peer Reviews

Elif Akcali, ‘Ceylan’s Women’, [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film and Moving Image Studies (2.3, 2015)

Janneke Adema and Kamila Kuc, ‘Unruly Gestures: Seven cine-paragraphs on reading/writing practices in our post-digital condition’ in Miriam De Rosa and Ludovica Fales (eds), Shifting Layers. New Perspectives in Media Archaeology Across Digital Media and Audiovisual Arts (Mimesis International, 2016)

Dr Iannone has curated many high-profile film seasons and retrospectives at venues such as the British Film Institute, Filmhouse and Glasgow Film Theatre.

These include:

  • Federico Fellini centenary retrospective Nationwide, January - March 2020)
  • Italian Film Festival in Scotland 2019 (Nationwide)
  • Italian Film Festival in Scotland 2018 (Nationwide)
  • The Roots of Neorealism (BFI, 2014)
  • European Noir (GFT, 2014)
  • Dylan at the Movies: Bob Dylan on Film (GFT, 2011)
  • The Sound of Film (Filmhouse, 2008)
  • Screening History (Filmhouse, 2006)
  • Jean Renoir (Filmhouse, 2006)