Film Studies at Southampton has established a strong research profile among its staff. This reputation was consolidated by the leadership of Professor Pam Cook, author of The Cinema Book, one of the most influential texts in the discipline (and voted best film book in a BFI readers' poll), who remains involved with Film at Southampton through her role as Emeritus Professor.
The discipline is led by Professor Lucy Mazdon, an established and highly regarded expert on French and transnational cinema and television.
Our approach towards film and television can be defined by our focus on issues of cultural transfer and exchange, and on the strong perception of visual media as transnational and global, rather than purely national, phenomena. This emphasis is reflected in our individual research activities and publications, and in our collaborative efforts, such as major international conferences and research seminars.
Our research staff have a strong international reputation for research excellence and regularly gain external funding for prestigious projects as well as media appearances on television, radio and the press. Our contacts extend worldwide, and include collaborations with partners in the Americas, Europe, Australia, and Asia.