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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, 2017); Shanghai Jiaotong University (2012); 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
  • (Co-edited with Luke Robinson) Chinese Film Festivals: Sites of Translation (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).
  • (Co-edited with Koichi Iwabuchi and Eva Tsai), Routledge Handbook of East Asian Popular Culture (New York: Routledge, 2016).
  • “Screen Cultures and the ‘Generic City’: Public Screens in Cairo and Shanghai,” in Global Cinematic Cities: New Landscapes of Film and Media, ed. Johan Andersson and Lawrence Webb (London: Wallflower, 2016), 143-156.
  • “Red Poetics: The Films of the Chinese Cultural Revolution Revolutionary Model Operas,” in The Poetics of Chinese Cinema, edited by Gary Bettinson and James Udden (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), 15-28.
  • “Sino-Korean Screen Connections: Towards a History in Fragments,” Journal of Chinese Cinemas (2016), 10, no.3 (2016): 247-264. DOI: 10.1080/17508061.2016.1181321.
  • “Pema Tseden and the Tibetan Road Movie: Space and Identity beyond the ‘Minority Nationality Film’,” Journal of Chinese Cinemas 10, no.2 (2016): 89-105. DOI: 10.1080/17508061.2016.1167334.
  • “Images of Urban China in Cao Fei’s ‘Magical Metropolises’,” China Information 29:2 (2015), 202-225.
  • “Exposure: The Integrated Spectacle of the Shanghai Public Transport System,” Situations 7, no.2 (2014): 13-29.
  • “Yang Fudong and the Gallery Film: The New Gestural Cinema,” Film Quarterly 67, no.3 (2014): 17-29. (co-edited with Janet Harbord and Rachel Moore), Public Space, Media Space (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). 

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


Modules taught at King’s include: Authorship and Creativity in the Cinema; Cinema and Social Formations; Chinese Cinemas; and Film Festivals and Film Festival Studies.

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, 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, and working on the Chinese Visual Festival in London. 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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