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School of Arts and Media

Dr Andy Willis

Professor of Film Studies


I have been teaching film and media studies in higher, further and adult education for over thirty years. My research is focused on popular cinemas from around the world and I have published on a range of film and television related topics.

I am also currently Senior Visiting Curator for Film at HOME (, where I have curated and programmed film seasons focusing on film cinema and television, Spanish, British, Chinese, Taiwanese and Hong Kong cinemas. I am also a founder member of the Chinese Film Forum UK ( and was a member of the board of trustees of Cornerhouse ( until 2015.


Current Teaching on the BA Film Studies:

Level 5: ‘Cinema Asia’ ‘Film Distribution and Exhibition’

Level 6: ‘Programming for Cinemas and Film Festivals’, ‘Dissertation’

Research Interests

Contemporary Hong Kong Cinema

Spanish Popular Cinemas

Film Distribution and Exhibition

Politics and British Television Drama

Qualifications and Memberships

BA (Hons) Film and Drama (Bulmershe College, Reading)

MA Cultural Studies (Thames Valley University)

PhD Film Studies (University of Nottingham)


Recent Publications


2017 DVD, Blu-ray and Beyond: Navigating Formats and Platforms within Media Consumption (co-editor with Jonathan Wroot) Basingstoke: Palgrave.

2017 Cult Media: Re-packaged, Re-released and Restored (co-editor with Jonathan Wroot) Basingstoke: Palgrave.

2016 Chinese Cinemas: International Perspectives (co-editor with Felicia Chan) Abingdon: Routledge

2014 East Asian Film Stars (co-editor with Wing Fai Leung) Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Articles and Book Chapters:

2018 ‘British Chinese Cinema and the Struggle for Recognition, Even on the Margins’ (with Felicia Chan). In Ashley Thorpe and Diana Yeh (eds.) Contesting British Chinese Culture, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

2018 ‘Manchester’s Chinese Arts Centre: a case study in strategic intervention’ (with Felicia Chan). In Ashley Thorpe and Diana Yeh (eds.) Contesting British Chinese Culture, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

2018 ‘Before and After The Awful Dr Orloff: Rethinking an early career “respectable” Jess Franco.’ In Ian Olney and Antonio Lazaro Reboll (ed) The Cinema of Jess Franco, Detroit: Wayne State University Press.

2018 ‘Bunmen, Butchers, Snakes and Hexes: Hong Kong Horror in an Exploitation Context’. In Gary Bettinson and Daniel Martin (eds.) The Hong Kong Horror Film, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

2017 ‘The International Filmmaking Adventures of Po Chih Leong’ with Felicia Chan. In Film International 79, 15:1.

2017 ‘RoCH Fans & Legends: Sound, Image and Imagination’. In susan pui san lok (ed) RoCH Fans & Legends (e-book) Derby: QUAD/Manchester: CFCCA.

2017 ‘Interventions on Cultural Margins: The Case of the Chinese Film Forum UK and the Presence of Taiwan Cinema in the UK’ with Felicia Chan. In Gary Rawnsley et. al. (eds) Taiwanese Cinema Today, New York: Routledge.

2017 ‘An Icon Rises from the Grave: the 21st Century Cult Stardom of Paul Naschy’. In Jordi Mari (ed.), Tracing the Borders of Spanish Horror Cinema and Television. New York: Routledge.

2017 ‘North Square, New Street Law and Outlaws: Class and Race in Recent Northern Legal Television Drama’ with Shivani Pal. In Ewa Mazierska (ed.) Heading North, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

2017 ‘The Cultural Politics of Remaking Spanish Horror: Quarantine and Come Out and Play’. In Iain Robert Smith and Constantine Verevis (eds.) Transnational Remakes, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

2017 ‘Steven Spielberg and the Rise of the Celebrity Film Director’ with Kirsty Fairclough. In Nigel Norris (ed.) The Blackwell Companion to Steven Spielberg, Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.

2016 ‘Crossing Hennessy, Big Blue Lake and Flowing Stories: Re-centring the Local in recent Hong Kong cinema. In Felicia Chan and Andy Willis (eds.) Chinese Cinemas, International Perspectives, Abingdon: Routledge