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Professor Alastair Phillips

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Professor of Film Studies
Tel: +44 24 7652 2434

Email: alastair dot phillips at warwick dot ac dot uk

Room A0.20, Millburn House
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7HS


I hold a BA in Film & Media Studies and Art History from the University of Stirling and an MA and PhD in Film Studies from the University of Warwick. I have worked for the British Film Institute and the Edinburgh International Film Festival and lived and worked in Scotland, France, Japan and Australia. I am an editor of Screen and currently also serve as the journal’s Reports and Debates editor. I am on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, the BFI Film Classics series, and Bloomsbury Publishing's Screen Studies platform.

Research interests

My research interests lie broadly in the fields of international film history and aesthetics with special emphasis on the cultural representation of place, location and movement. I am especially interested in French and Japanese filmmaking; site-related histories of exile and emigration within Europe and between Europe and Hollywood, and the representation of cities and landscapes in a range of historical and contemporary world cinemas. My current projects include a BFI Classic on Tokyo Story and a monograph on the films of Jacques Becker and the cinematic construction of the postwar French everyday.

Selected publications


  • The Japanese Cinema Book (co-edited with Hideaki Fujiki) (London: British Film Institute, 2020).
  • Paris in the Cinema. Beyond the Flaneur (co-edited with Ginette Vincendeau) (London: British Film Institute, 2017).
  • The Blackwell Companion to Jean Renoir (co-edited with Ginette Vincendeau) (Hoboken and Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).
  • Rififi (French Film Guide) (London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2009)
  • 100 Film Noirs (co-authored with Jim Hillier) (London: British Film Institute, 2008).
  • Japanese Cinema: Texts and Contexts (co-edited with Julian Stringer) (London and New York: Routledge, 2007).
  • Journeys of Desire. European Actors in Hollywood (co-edited with Ginette Vincendeau) (London: British Film Institute, 2006).
  • City of Darkness, City of Light. Émigré Filmmakers in Paris 1929-1939 (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2004).


  • 'Questions of Definition: Revisiting Ozu Yasujiro's "Noriko Trilogy"' (forthcoming).
  • 'Contingencies of the Everyday: Screen Representations of Tokyo' in François Penz and Janina Schupp (eds.) The Everyday in Visual Culture: Slices of Lives' (New York: Routledge, 2021).
  • 'Tokyo 1958' in Hideaki Fujiki and Alastair Phillips (eds.) The Japanese Cinema Book (London: British Film Institute, 2020).
  • ‘Unremarkable Paris. Jacques Becker and the Urban Everyday’ in Alastair Phillips and Ginette Vincendeau (eds.) Paris in the Cinema. Beyond the Flaneur (London: British Film Institute, 2017).
  • ‘Seeing With His Own Eyes: Renoir and Photography’ in Alastair Phillips and Ginette Vincendeau (eds.) A Companion to Jean Renoir (Hoboken and Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2013).
  • ‘The 400 Blows. Youth and Entrapment in the French New Wave’ in Jeffrey Geiger and R. L. Rutsky (eds.) Film Analysis: A Norton Reader (2nd ed.) (New York: W. W. Norton, 2013).
  • ‘Cinematic Boundaries. Alexander Sokurov’s The Sun (2005) as Liminal Biopic’ in Tom Brown and Belen Vidal (eds.), The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture (New York and London: Routledge, 2013).
  • ‘Criss Crossed. Film Noir and the Politics of Mobility and Exchange’ in Helen Hanson and Andrew Spicer (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Film Noir (Hoboken and Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).
  • ‘Placing French Film History’ in Will Higbee and Sarah Leahy (eds.) Studies in French Cinema: UK Perspectives 1985-2010 (Bristol: Intellect Press, 2011).
  • ‘Fractured Landscapes: Detection, Location and History in Uchida Tomu’s Fugitive From the Past (1965)', Screen Vol. 52 no. 1 (Summer 2011).
  • ‘The Salaryman’s Panic Time: Ozu Yasujiro’s I Was Born But” in Alastair Phillips and Julian Stringer (eds.) Japanese Cinema: Texts and Contexts (London and New York: Routledge, 2007).
  • ‘Unsettled Visions: Imamura Shohei’s Vengeance is Mine’ in Alastair Phillips and Julian Stringer (eds.) Japanese Cinema: Texts and Contexts (London and New York: Routledge, 2007).
  • ‘Changing Bodies / Changing Voices. Success and Failure in Hollywood in the Early Sound Era’ in Alastair Phillips and Ginette Vincendeau (eds.) Journeys of Desire. European Actors in Hollywood Cinema (London: British Film Institute, 2006).
  • ‘Pictures of the Past in the Present. Modernity and Femininity in the Post-War Cinema of Ozu Yasujiro’ in Catherine Grant and Annette Kuhn (eds.) Screen Reader in World Cinema (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006).
  • ‘Exile and Emigration in Classic French Cinema 1930-1950’ in Michael Temple and
    Michael Witt (eds.) The French Cinema Book (London: British Film Institute, 2004).
  • ‘Performing Paris. Myths of the City in Robert Siodmak's Émigré Musical La Vie Parisienne’, Screen Vol. 40 no. 3 (Autumn 1999).
  • ‘La séductrice française No. 1: Le cas de “Martine Chérie”’, Iris, no. 26 (Autumn 1998).

Teaching and supervision

I have taught across many areas of international film history, culture and aesthetics including French and Japanese cinema; cities and landscapes in contemporary world cinemas; film noir in its transnational dimensions, and the mainstream and avant-garde European cinemas of the early and classical periods.

I am interested in supervising postgraduate projects related to international film history; contemporary world cinemas; the cinematic representation of place, and general issues of film historiography and audiovisual aesthetics.

I have supervised various PhD theses to completion on topics that include: the representation of Kyoto on film; montage aesthetics and the film and television adaptations of Berlin Alexanderplatz; the representation of the everyday in the films of Ozu Yasujiro; cinema and the politics of displaced nationhood; Seijun Suzuki and the aesthetics of negativity; Ernst Lubitsch and the concept of ‘the Lubitsch touch’; the queer poetics of Jacques Demy, and the representation of space and place in contemporary Romanian and Hungarian cinema.

I am currently supervising five PhD theses on: kinship, space and place in the films of Hirokazu Kore-eda; the cinematic city of Tokyo in the 1980s; the concept of the 'edgeland' in British film and television; 'audiovisuality' and the figure of the Japanese female screen idol, and the postwar stardom of Ayako Wakao.

Administrative roles

Director of Student Experience

Convenor: Film and Television Studies 101

Director: PhD Programme in Global Screen Studies (with Nagoya University)

Departmental Representative: Warwick/Monash Alliance

National roles and professional associations

I am a member of BAFTSS (British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies).



Autumn term 2021

I am on study leave

Spring term 2022

Film Cultures

Film and Television Criticism

Queer Screens

Feedback and Advice Hours

Appointments may be scheduled on Teams via the FTV Moodle Hub. You are welcome to book a timetabled slot or get in touch with me via email to set up an alternative arrangement.

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