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Dr Catherine Wheatley

Dr Catherine Wheatley

Dr Catherine WheatleySenior Lecturer in Film Studies

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1385
Film Studies Department
King's College London
452N Norfolk Building
Strand Campus



Catherine was an undergraduate and postgraduate student at Oxford University, St John’s College, where she completed a BA Honours Degree in Modern and Medieval Languages, and a DPhil thesis on the films of Michael Haneke, Spectatorship and Ethics. In between she completed an MA in European Cinema at the University of Bath.

Prior to joining King’s Catherine worked as a Research Associate on a four-year AHRC project led by Dr Lucy Mazdon and based out of Southampton University, looking at the history of French cinema in Britain, and then as a Lecturer in Screen and Media Studies at the University of East London.

Research Interests and PhD supervision
  • Film and Religion, especially Christianity 
  • Film and Philosophy
  • Critical theory, especially theories of spectatorship 
  • Animal studies 
  • European cinema

Catherine Wheatley has written books on Ethics and the films of Michael Haneke, and on Haneke’s Hidden. She has co-authored a book on French Cinema in the UK, and co-edited a volume on Anglo-French cinematic relations. Currently, she is developing a book project on the the relationship between Christianity and contemporary film and film theory. She is also pursuing research into the depiction of animals on film. 

Catherine welcomes PhD topics related to any of her research interests, including film and philosophy, European cinema, religion and animal studies. 

For more details, please see Catherine's full research profile.

Selected Publications
  • Michael Haneke’s Cinema: The Ethic of the Image (Oxford: Berghahn, 2009).
  • Je t’aime, moi non plus: Franco-British Cinematic Relations, co-edited with Lucy Mazdon. (Oxford: Berghahn, 2010).
  • Caché (Hidden): BFI Film Classics (London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2011).
  • French Film in Britain: Sex, Art and Cinephilia, co-authored with Lucy Mazdon (Oxford: Berghahn, 2013).
For a complete list of publications, please see Catherine's full research profile.

At BA level Catherine leads the modules Introduction to Film Studies: Contexts, Cinema and Spectatorship, and Film and Religion. She also contributes to the MA module, Formations.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Catherine is a regular contributor to Sight & Sound magazine. She has made several appearances on BBC radio, reviewing films for segments such as The Film Programme and The Strand.

She is a member of the editorial board of Film-Philosophy.

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