Sam Warnock

Thesis title: The Anti-Cinema of Yoshida Kijū: Form, Genre, and Politics


Sam is a third year PhD student in Film Studies. His research project focusses on the films of Japanese filmmaker Yoshida Kijū and Yoshida's theory of anti-cinema.


BA in Global Cinema | First | University of Stirling (2015-2019)

MRes in Humanities (Film Studies) | Distinction | University of Stirling (2019-2020)

Undergraduate teaching

Tutor in Film Studies: Introduction to European Cinema (2023-)

Research summary

Sam's research project focusses on the films of Yoshida Kijū and will also explore the filmmaker's writings on the concept of anti-cinema. The project will develop Yoshida's writing into a methodological framework suitable for looking at his films, with a particular emphasis on subjectivity, gender, and politics. 

Current research interests

Post-War Japanese Cinema, Japanese New Wave, Melodrama, Gender and Sexuality, Politics & Aesthetics, Avant-Garde Cinema

Past research interests

Slow Cinema, European Cinema, Boredom

Current project grants

Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Studentship

Papers delivered

Returning the Gaze: Subjectivity and Autonomy in Yoshida Kijū's Woman of the Lake - European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS), August 2023

Dissolving History: Imagined Spaces in Yoshida Kijū's Political Trilogy - Borders, Boundaries, Fringes Symposium (SCRIF), University of Sheffield, June 2023