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Dr Chris O'Rourke
University College London
Gower Street
  • Teaching Fellow - Film Studies
  • Centre for Editing Lives and Letters
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

I came to UCL in 2012 as a postdoctoral Research Associate funded by the UCL Centre for Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Projects (CHIRP). In 2015, I was appointed as a Teaching Fellow in Film Studies at the UCL Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry (CMII). Before coming to UCL, I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Cambridge.

Research Summary

My research focuses on the history of cinema in Britain, especially in the period of silent films. My first book, Acting for the Silent Screen: Film Actors and Aspiration between the Wars (forthcoming with I.B.Tauris in 2016), uses the experiences of actors and would-be actors to explore popular British film culture in the 1920s and early 1930s.

I have also recently completed a project that maps early cinemas and cinema-going in London, before 1930. Much of this research can be found on the website London's Silent Cinemas (http://www.londonssilentcinemas.com), which features an interactive map of over 700 film venues and contextual essays.

My other research interests include the history of London on film and the reception of LGBT-themed films in Britain.

Teaching Summary

I teach and convene courses on the MA in Film Studies, including the core course 'Reading and Researching Films' (FILMGG02) and modules on British cinema (FILMG001) and film exhibition (ENGLFG09). I have also taught film-related topics for the English Literature BA, the European Culture and Thought MA and the Urban Studies MSc courses.

Academic Background
2012 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – English University of Cambridge
2007 M.Phil Master of Philosophy – Film studies University of Cambridge
2005 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – English University of Cambridge
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