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Professor Chris Berry

Professor Chris Berry

chrisberryProfessor of Film Studies

Tel 0207 848 1158
Film Studies Department
King's College London
Norfolk Building
Strand Campus



PhD, UCLA; Theater Arts (Film & TV). 1999. Dissertation title: “Towards a Postsocialist Cinema: The Representation of the Cultural Revolution in the Cinema of the People’s Republic of China, 1976-1981.” Chair: N.K. Browne.

MA, UCLA; Theater Arts (Film & TV). 1983. Thesis title: “The Game Show and Its Commercials in the Viewing Continuum.” Chair: K. Montgomery.

BA (Hons), Leeds University; Chinese Studies. 1981.

Previously Professor of Film & Television Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London (2004-2012); Associate Professor in Film Studies at the University of California, Berkeley (2000-2004); Lecturer at La Trobe (1990-2000) and Griffith (1988-1989) universities in Australia; and consultant at the China Foreign Languages Press (1987-1988) and China Film Corporation in Beijing (1985-1987).

Visiting Professorships: University of Washington Chinese Film Summer School, held at the Beijing Film Academy (2006, 2007, 2008, 2011); University of Hong Kong (2007); Fudan University, Shanghai (2006); Chinese University of Hong Kong (2006); and Korean National University of the Arts (1997, 1999).

Senior Research Fellow at Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften, Vienna (2011).

Research Interests
  • Chinese and East Asian cinema and screen cultures
  • Screens and Public Space
  • Gender, Sexuality and Cinema
  • Documentary Film
  • Theorizing Screen Studies
  • Theories of National and Transnational Cinema

Chris would be interested in supervising PhD students working on any topics close to his own research.

For more details please see his full research profile.

Selected Publications
  • Transnational Culture in East Asia and the Logic of Assemblage," Asian Journal of Social Science 41 (2013), 453-470.
  • (with Zhang Shujuan), "Film and Fashion in Shanghai: What (Not) to Wear during the Cultural Revolution," ACT Magazine《艺术观点》(in Chinese) no.54 (2013), 46-63. Republication forthcoming in 性别与视觉——百年中国影像研究 (Gender and the Visual: 100 Years of Chinese Image Research), edited by Wang Zheng and Lu Xinyu (Shanghai: Fudan University Press).
  • "The Chinese Woman Doubled: An Essay in Memory of Paul Willemen (1944-2012)," Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 14, no. 1 (2013): 14-25
  • (co-edited with Janet Harbord and Rachel Moore), Public Space, Media Space (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
  • “Every Colour Red? Colour in the Films of the Cultural Revolution Model Stage Works,” Journal of Chinese Cinemas 6, no.3 (2012): 233-246.
  • “Shanghai’s Public Screen Culture: Local and Coeval,” Communications and Society 21 (Hong Kong, in Chinese, 2012): 25-50. Chinese Cinema, 4 vols, (Routledge, 2012.).
  • (with Lu Xinyu and Lisa Rofel), The New Chinese Documentary Film Movement: For the Public Record (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2010).
  • (with Kim Soyoung and Lynn Spigel), Electronic Elsewheres: Media, Technology, and Social Space (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010).

For a complete list of publications, please see Chris's full research profile.


Modules taught at King’s include: Film Authorship; Representation and Identity; Chinese Cinemas; and New Directions in Chinese Cinema.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Chris Berry co-edits two book series for Hong Kong University Press: TransAsian Screen Cultures and Queer Asia. 

He has curated film seasons, most recently working with Katja Wiederspahn on "A Single Spark Can Start a Prairie Fire: The Cultural Revolution in the Cinema" for the Film Archiv Austria in 2011. He has also served on various film festival juries. 

Chris has been interviewed widely on Chinese and Asian cinema and screen cultures by organizations including The New York Times, the BBC, The Korea Times, NHK Japan, Discovery Asia, CNN's Today programme, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and Tehran TV Channels 1 and 2

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