Professor Phil Powrie

Research Interests

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. 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.


Chief General Editor of Studies in French Cinema.

Chair and Member of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies.

Visiting Professor at the Central Academy of Drama (Beijing, 2005-).

On the editorial board of Scope (Nottingham).

Member of the Peer Review Panel for the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies Books (University of London, School of Advanced Study).

Member of the Association française des enseignants et chercheurs en cinéma et audiovisuel.

Member of NECS (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies).

Member of the Association of University Professors and Heads of French.

Youtube presentations

Phil Powrie talks about the value of film.

Phil Powrie talks about the role of intellectual thinking.

International links

Phil Powrie with his postgraduate students at the Beijing Film Academy October (2013)

Phil Powrie holding his Visiting Professor contract with colleagues at the Central Academy of Drama, Beijing (2010)

Phil Powrie teaching at the Central Academy of Drama, Beijing (2010)

Phil Powrie delivering a paper at the Shanghai Theatre Academy (2010)

Phil Powrie with his students at the Shanghai Theatre Academy (2010)

Contact Me

Phone: 01483 68 2980

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Room: 27 AC 05

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My office hours

Friday 09:00-11:00




  1. Music in Contemporary French Cinema: The Crystal Song. Palgrave Macmillan, May 2017.
  2. ‘Staging death in Carmen’, in Classical French Literature on Screen, edited by Homer B. Pettey and R. Barton Palmer, Manchester: Manchester University Press (2017).
  3. (with Éric Rebillard) ‘Josephine Baker and Pierre Batcheff in La Sirène des tropiques (1927)’, in The Josephine Baker Critical Reader: Selected Writings on the Entertainer and Activist, edited by Mae G. Henderson and Charlene B. Regester, Jefferson: McFarland & Co, March 2017.


  1. '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, 45–64.
  2. ‘Mobilising desire: the operetta films of Pills and Tabet in 1930s France’, Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, 2016, vol/no tbc.
  3. ‘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.
  4. 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’.
  5. 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.
  6. ‘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.
  7. (with Guido Heldt) 'Introduction: Trailers, Titles, and End Credits', Music, Sound, and the Moving Image, 8/2 (2014), 111-120.
  8. ‘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.
  9. '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.
  10. (ed.) French Cinema, 4 vols, 'Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies', London/New York: Routledge (2014).
  11.  'La musique dans les films de Beineix', Studio Beineix, Lyon: Fage (2013), 95-103.
  12. ‘The French Musical: Swing and Big Bands in the Cinema of the 40s and 50s’, Screen, 54/2 (2013), 152-73.
  13. ‘The Ecstatic Pan’, in A Companion to François Truffaut, edited by Dudley Andrew and Anne Gillain, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell (2013), 184-204.

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  1. ‘Algeria and Women in Two 1960s Film Adaptations of the Carmen Narrative’, French Cultural Studies, 22/2 (2011), 127-36.
  2. ‘Four decades of teaching and research in French cinema’, in Studies in French Cinema: UK Perspectives 1985-2010, edited by Will Higbee and Sarah Leahy. Bristol: Intellect Press, 2010, 353-71
  3. Unfamiliar places: “heterospection” and recent French films on children’, in Studies in French Cinema: UK Perspectives 1985-2010, edited by Will Higbee and Sarah Leahy. Bristol: Intellect Press, 2010, 57-68. 
  4. (with Eric Rebillard) ‘Josephine Baker and Pierre Batcheff in La Sirène des tropiques (1927)’, in Not So Silent: Women in Cinema Before Sound, edited by Sofia Bull and Astrid Söderbergh Widding (Stockholm: Stockholm University Press, Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis, series ‘Stockholm Studies in Film History’, 2010), 236-47.
  5. (with Eric Rebillard) ‘Josephine Baker and Pierre Batcheff in La Sirène des tropiques (1927)’, Studies in French Cinema, 8/3 (2008), 245-64.
  6. ‘The haptic moment: sparring with Paolo Conte in Ozon’s 5x2, Paragraph, ‘Cinema and the Senses’, 31/2 (2008), 206-22.
  7. (with Eric Rebillard) ‘Pierre Batcheff, the Surrealist Star’, Studies in French Cinema 8/2 (2008), 159-77.
  8. Unfamiliar places: “heterospection” and recent French films on children’, Screen, 46/3, sp. no. ‘The child in film and television’ (2005), 341-52

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