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Our Film Studies community is dynamic and vibrant. Cinema was undoubtedly the most exciting art form to emerge in the 20th century. Now, in the early 21st century, film is surrounded and challenged by an array of new media.

Film Studies offers the critical, historical, and theoretical tools needed to understand and appreciate the creative potential of cinematic and electronic images and to assess critically how they mediate our experience of the world.  

The Film Studies Department is among the best places to study film in the UK, receiving consistently high rankings in national university league tables and achieving an increasingly excellent response for the quality of its teaching in the latest National Student Satisfaction Survey. It is also among the top five in the UK for Film Studies research, as defined by national UK-wide research audits, i.e. the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise and the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. 

We welcome applications for our BA, MA, and PhD programmes from prospective students who are passionate about film and related media, who meet our entry requirements, and who wish to be part of one of the leading departments in the UK and the largest in central London.




Cinémathèque Programme

All University of London students and staff are welcome. Admission is free, with neither pre-bookings nor tickets required. Seating will be limited to available places.

Films may be subject to last-minute change depending on availability and quality of screening copies.

Lectures preceding the screenings are for students only. Please check what time the doors open for screenings beforehand.

Semester 1 (Tuesdays 17.00, S-2.18 Lucas Lecture Theatre)


College (James W. Horne, Buster Keaton [uncredited], 1927).


Leave No Trace (Debra Granik, 2018)


Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, 1950)


Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954)


The Reckless Moment (Max Ophuls, 1949)

Reading Week

No screening


Sunset (László Nemes, 2019)


If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins, 2018)


The Shop Around the Corner (Lubitsch, 1940)


Zama (Lucrecia Martel, 2018)


Amarcord (Federico Fellini, 1973)


Semester 2 (Schedule TBC)

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