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Ilia Ryzhenko

Current Research

Theatricality and Time in Cinema

My PhD thesis, named ‘Theatricality and Time in Cinema’, applies the art-historical concept of theatricality to the study of cinema, providing a theoretical framework for analysing a particular mode of filmic presentation wherein films foreground their constructed nature and confront the audience with the conditions of their own spectatorship via a form of what I call temporal direct address.

Supervisor: Dr Tiago de LucaLink opens in a new window


I hold a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the City University of Hong Kong, where I majored in Marketing and minored in Creative Writing. Subsequently, I had completed an MLitt in Film and TV Studies at the University of Glasgow with a Distinction, earning the PGT award and the Best Dissertation Prize given by the Edinburgh University Press. My MLitt dissertation, ‘Theatricality and Time in Narrative Cinema’, aimed to set the theoretical foundation for my present research at the University of Warwick and place the art-historical concept of ‘theatricality’ within the Film Studies discourse.

In 2020, I served as an interviewer and volunteering member of the viewing committee of Africa in Motion, a Glasgow-based film festival, and in 2021 I had co-founded and managed Scotland's first annual film festival of Eastern European and Central Asian cinema -- Samizdat Eastern European Film Festival -- which is running to this date. I write and translate non-fiction texts from English to Russian for various publications in the Russian language (e.g. The KnifeLink opens in a new window, Ad MarginemLink opens in a new window, SygmaLink opens in a new window).

Research interests: film-philosophy, philosophy of time, theatricality, theatre, Brecht, political modernism, continental philosophy

Research output and memberships

  • 'Cinematic theatricality, queer anachronism and The Favourite', Screen 63:3 (2022),
  • Speaker at the Screen 2022 conference ('Theatricality of Multi-Temporality and the Queer Anachronism in Derek Jarman’s Caravaggio')
  • Speaker at the Warwick Film and Television Studies Research Day ('Theatricality of the Interrupted Long Take in Memoria [2021]')
  • Speaker at the BAFTSS 2022 Conference ('Theatricality of the Non-Stop: Theatrical Temporality of the Continuous Take in Victoria')
  • Honourable mention at the BAFTSS 2022 Research Poster Showcase ('Theatricality and Time in Cinema')
  • 'Book Review: Laura Sava, Theatre Through the Camera Eye: The Poetics of an Intermedial Encounter, (Edinburgh University Press, 2019)', Open Screens 4:2 (2021),

  • Peer reviewer for issue 27 ('Trans-') of eSharp (summer 2019)
  • Member of BAFTSS and the BAFTSS Film-Philosophy research group
  • Speaker at the Warwick Film and Television Studies Research Day online conference ('Theatricality and One-Shot Cinema in Victoria [2015]')


  • FI355 - Film Aesthetics I (two seminar groups, Term 1, 2021/22), Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant





Wittgenstein (dir. Derek Jarman, 1993)