The programme has research strengths in three major areas: European cinema, cultural approaches and film theory. Staff publications and research encompass national cinemas - especially French, Italian and Spanish - with popular European genres and stars, the notion of art cinema, documentary and the avant-garde. Cultural approaches extend to a wider range of films (American and Asian as well as European) including the representation of the city, national and trans-national identity in film, international cinephilia, popular Asian cinema, costume/heritage drama, gender, sexuality and ethnicity, the relationship between film and new media and special effects. Work in the area of film theory addresses the relationship between film studies and other disciplines like philosophy, psychoanalysis, geography, music and art history. We particularly welcome applications in these areas, but the programme offers supervision in the full range of Film Studies and related areas of visual and cultural studies.