SOAS University of London

School of Arts

Global Film Industries

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Term 1

This module is designed as an overview of Global Film Industries for MA Global Creative and Cultural Industries students who may or may not have a background in Film Studies. The module will focus on approaching film languages and film industries from a decolonised perspective, paying particular attention to important films, filmmakers, and film industries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, and to moments of radical rupture within mainstream film culture (particularly in relation to gender). The module will also introduce important concepts and ideas in film and screen media theory (e.g. Third Cinema, the gaze, convergence) which will give students wanting to continue in Film Studies a grounding that will help them to prepare for writing their MA dissertations (and possibly even go on to PhD research). The module convenor and her co-teacher (Estrella Sendra) will draw on their backgrounds as filmmakers, film festival organisers and film curators wherever possible to demonstrate and explain concepts to students in more practical ways. Guest filmmakers will be invited to screen their work for the class and engage in Q&As with students about their work and how it fits (or does not fit) within a particular film industry to help to make the material more grounded and relevant. Assessment is constituted of both formal essays and more creative options (e.g. audiovisual essays, films etc).

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Understand the history of film in the 20th and 21st centuries, particularly in terms of where and how both 'major' and 'minor' film industries have arisen and taken shape, and in relation to how different technologies of production and distribution affect these industries 
  • Understand certain key theories within Film Studies
  • Closely analyse films and use the correct vocabulary when doing so
  • Be able to use different contemporary methodologies for writing and thinking about film, including new “creative” research methodologies such as audiovisual criticism and filmmaking


Two-hour online seminar per week (for 10 weeks), plus engagement with pre-recorded lectures and interviews, and essential reading, before the seminar

Method of assessment

  • One 1,000-word essay (worth 20%)
  • One 3,000-word essay (worth 60%)
  • One class presentation (worth 20%)


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