Agnès Varda films herself in The Gleaners and I (2000)
My research interests in film and filmmakers include:
- Autobiographical filmmaking
- Film and cultural memory
- Jewish film and culture
- Feminism and film
- Representations of trauma and memory
- Childhood perspectives in film
- Italian cinema
- Charlie Chaplin
- Agnès Varda
Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of Modern Languages Research, 2009-11
- I carried out a research project, Living Memory: Trauma on Film, analysing ways in which children’s memories of national trauma are represented in different genres of filmmaking, including horror, animation, and documentary.
PhD, UCL, Departments of Italian/Film Studies, 2012
Filming the Filmmaker: Archival and Embodied Strategies in Autobiographical Films
- I explored the ways in which various forms of archive function in autobiographical films, looking at archive images as well as developing ideas of the corporeal body as an archive. I analysed how filmmakers film their bodies, particularly when showing signs of ageing or illness.
Supervisors: Prof. David Forgacs and Dr. Lesley Caldwell.
MA (Hons) Italian Studies, University of Edinburgh, 2003
A comparative study of Italo Svevo and Nanni Moretti
- I wrote my undergraduate MA thesis on Italian novelist Svevo, and filmmaker Moretti: I enjoyed this project so much that it propelled me to explore notions of alter-ego and autobiographical performance further in my PhD.