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Dr Ruby Cheung 

MA Film and Cultural Management Convenor (Semester 2), Ethics Rep (Semester 2),Working groups: Athena SWAN; Faculty ,Vision

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Dr Ruby Cheung is Lecturer in Film at the University of Southampton.

I hold a BSc in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA, and an MA in Mass Communications from the University of Leicester, UK. After a career in corporate communications in my native Hong Kong, I moved on to pursue further studies and completed my PhD in Film Studies at the University of St Andrews, UK, in 2008. Before joining the Film Studies department at the University of Southampton as Lecturer in the autumn of 2015, I worked as part-time Lecturer in Visual Studies at Lingnan University in Hong Kong (2008), Research Associate in Film Studies at St Andrews (2008-11; this subsequently led to an appointment as Honorary Research Fellow in Film Studies for 2011-14), Assistant Professor in Culture, Creativity and Management at the United International College in Zhuhai, PRC (2011-13), Visiting Lecturer in Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK (2015), and E-marketing and Publicity Consultant for UK-based film festivals and film distributors/exhibitors.  In May 2016, I received the recognition as Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, for my attainment against the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education.

My research and publications focus primarily on East Asian cinemas, in particular Hong Kong cinema and the mainstream film industries in the three major Chinese-speaking communities in Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan. My latest publication is New Hong Kong Cinema: Transitions to Becoming Chinese in 21st-Century East Asia (2015), a monograph that analyses the relationships between Hong Kong-related Chinese-language films made since the 1980s and the effects of the sovereignty transfer of Hong Kong on the city, its inhabitants, Hong Kong filmmakers, the audiences of relevant Hong Kong films, as well as Hong Kong cinema’s situation in East Asia’s film landscape at large in the early 21st century.

I have also published widely in the areas of film festivals and identities in film. I co-edited two volumes of the Film Festival Yearbook, namely Film Festival Yearbook 2: Film Festivals and Imagined Communities (2010) and Film Festival Yearbook 3: Film Festivals and East Asia (2011), both with Dina Iordanova.  I am the main editor of Cinemas, Identities and Beyond (2009).

To read my review article on Johnnie To's Sparrow in the Guardian's 'Education' Section (16 October 2017), please click here:


New Hong Kong Cinema: Transitions to Becoming Chinese in 21st Century East Asia by Ruby Cheung
New Hong Kong Cinema
Film Festival Yearbook 3: Film Festivals and East Asia edited by Dina Iordanova and Ruby Cheung
Film Festival Yearbook 3
Film Festivals Yearbook 2: Film Festivals and Imagined Communities edited by Dina Iordanova and Ruby Cheung
Film Festivals Yearbook 2
Cinemas, Identities and Beyond edited by Ruby Cheung with D.H. Fleming
Cinemas, Identities and Beyond

Research interests

My research interests include East Asian cinemas, in particular all kinds of Chinese-language cinemas (diasporic Chinese, Hong Kong, mainland Chinese and Taiwan cinemas) as well as the mainstream film industries in the major Chinese-speaking regions. Further interests include film festivals (international, regional and local); film audience and reception; transnational film production, distribution and exhibition; film policy.

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Dr Ruby Cheung
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SO17 1BF
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