William Hong-xiao Wei

Thesis title: Contemporary Poetic Cinema through the Lens of Chinese Aesthetic Theory

PhD in Film Studies

Year of study: 3

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50 George Square
School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

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William Hong-xiao Wei is a PhD Candidate and Tutor in Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He studied Chemical Engineering and Technology in Southeast University until 2014. He then switched to cinema and received a postgraduate degree with distinction in Film Studies from the University of Edinburgh in 2018. Under the supervision of Dr. David Sorfa and Dr. Xuelei Huang, he is currently working on a thesis entitled “Contemporary Poetic Cinema through the lens of Chinese Aesthetic Theory”, which attempts to apply traditional Chinese lyric theories and aesthetic concepts to analyzing poetic films by contemporary arthouse filmmakers. His debut short film Green Thoughts (2020) had its world premiere at FIDMarseille. 


MSc Film Studies - Distinction - The University of Edinburgh

BEng (Hons) - Chemical Engineering and Technology - Southeast University

Undergraduate teaching

Introduction to European Cinema — Course Tutor

Current research interests

Experimental Film, Art House Cinema, Philosophy and Film, Cinematic Aesthetics , Film Phenomenology, Film and other Arts, Traditional Chinese Aesthetics of Poetry and Painting

Green Thoughts (2020)

Fiction  ·   28min  ·   1.89:1  ·   Colour and Black & White  

Cellular Phone/35mm  ·  Stereo  ·  English/French/Chinese  ·   4K DCP