Phil Powrie studied Modern Languages at the University of Oxford, and was previously at Newcastle University and the University of Sheffield. During his time at Newcastle he was Head of the School of Modern Languages, and Director of the 5* Centre for Research into Film and Media which he established in 1996. He was Dean of Research in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and as Chair of Newcastle University’s Research Committee was responsible for the Research Assessment Exercise submission of 2008.
In Sheffield, he was Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the new Faculty of Arts and Humanities. He set up the Faculty and oversaw the relocation of most of its departments to new and refurbished buildings. He championed the notion of an ‘Arts Quarter’, celebrated by an extensive and successful programme of events (‘New Ground’), and he initiated contacts with regional cultural providers as part of the city’s bid for European Capital of Culture.
He took up the post of Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences at Surrey in June 2010. He stepped down in 2015 when the Faculty was merged with the Faculty of Business Economics and Law to form the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. He is on research leave for the calendar year 2016.
Professor Powrie's research focuses on French cinema with a particular emphasis on issues of gender, and more recently, the interface between music and the cinema. He has authored or co-authored ten books, edited or co-edited a further nine, covering both recent French cinema and cinema in the silent period. He has also published over 90 journal articles and book chapters. He established the Association for Studies in French Cinema with Professor Susan Hayward (Exeter) in 2000. Through this association he is Chief General Editor of the only journal world-wide devoted entirely to French cinema, Studies in French Cinema. In recognition of his work and services to French cinema, he was decorated in 1999 by the French government and made Chevalier dans l´Ordre des Palmes Académiques.
'L'Une chante, l'autre pas: music, movement and the utopian community', in Agnès Varda Unlimited: Image, Music, Media, edited by Marie-Claire Barnet, Oxford: Legenda, 2016.
‘Staging death in Carmen’, in Classical French Literature on Screen, edited by Homer B. Pettey and R. Barton Palmer, Manchester: Manchester University Press (2017).
MOST RECENT PUBLICATIONS (2012-2016)
‘Mobilising desire: the operetta films of Pills and Tabet in 1930s France’, Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, 2016, vol/no tbc.
‘La chanson-cristal’, in La chanson dans le film français et francophone depuis la Nouvelle Vague, edited by Renaud Lagabrielle and Timo Obergöker, Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2016, 65-84.
Bicultural Literature and Film in French and English, edited by Peter Barta and Phil Powrie. London and New York: Routledge, 2015. Includes a co-authored introduction and a single-authored chapter: ‘The location of the bicultural: the coast in three Maghrebi-French films’.
Special issue of Studies in French Cinema, 'Money matters', 15/3 (2015), with Diane Gabrysiak. Contains an editorial with Diane Gabrysak, 'Money: now you see it, now you don’t’, 197-206; and an article ‘Money talks: the logorrheic masquerade in two films from 1934’, 207-224.
‘Soundscapes of loss: songs in contemporary French cinema’, A Companion to Contemporary French Film, edited by Raphaëlle Moine, Hilary Radner and Alistair Fox, with Michel Marie, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell (2014), 527-546.
(with Guido Heldt) 'Introduction: Trailers, Titles, and End Credits', Music, Sound, and the Moving Image, 8/2 (2014), 111-120.
‘Luis Mariano et l’exotisme ordinaire’, Théorème, 20 (2014), special number ‘Voyez comme on chante! Films musicaux et cinéphilies populaires en France (1945-1958)’, 19-29.
'Les chansons préexistantes dans le cinéma français', in Musiques de films: nouveaux enjeux, edited by Séverine Abhervé, N.T.Binh, José Mouré, Paris: Les Impressions Nouvelles, 2014, 46-59.
(ed.) French Cinema, 4 vols, 'Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies', London/New York: Routledge (2014).
'La musique dans les films de Beineix', Studio Beineix, Lyon: Fage (2013), 95-103.
‘The French Musical: Swing and Big Bands in the Cinema of the 40s and 50s’, Screen, 54/2 (2013), 152-73.
‘The Ecstatic Pan’, in A Companion to François Truffaut, edited by Dudley Andrew and Anne Gillain, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell (2013), 184-204.