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Dr Andy Willis

Reader in Film Studies


I have been teaching film and media studies in higher, further and adult education for almost thirty years. My research is focused on popular cinemas from around the world and he has published on a range of film and television related topics.
A am also currently Senior Visiting Curator (Film) at HOME (, where I have curated and programmed film seasons focusing on 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 4: ‘Film Form, Film Meaning’
Level 5: ‘Cinema Asia’, ‘Genre and Beyond’
Level 6: ‘British Television Drama: texts and contexts’, ‘Film Distribution and Exhibition’, ‘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)


Publications since 2012


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), London: Routledge.

2014 East Asian Film Stars (co-editor with Wing Fai Leung) Basingstoke: Palgrave. ISBN: 9781137029188

Journal Special Editions

2013 Co-editor, with Sarah Perks, of Film International 65, ‘My Noir’. An edition in which a wide range of artists, filmmakers and critics reflect on the idea of film noir.

Articles in Journals

2017 ‘The International Filmmaking Adventures of Po Chih Leong’ with Felicia Chan. In Film International 79, 15:1, pp. 85-95

2013 ‘Neo-noir: the cultural significance (and insignificance) of a film style’. In Film International 65, 11:5, pp. 32-38

Chapters in Books:

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 ‘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, pp. 252-264.

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, pp. 173-192.

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 (50%)  In Nigel Norris (ed.) The Blackwell Companion to Steven Spielberg, Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, pp. 466-478.

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, pp. 84-95.


2015 ‘Violence and Politics: The influence of the Giallo in Spanish cinema of the 1970s’. In Global genres / Local Films, Elena Oliete, Beatriz Oria and Juan Tarancón (eds.), London: Bloomsbury.

2014 ‘Hong Kong Noir and the Limits of Critical Transplant’. In East Asian Film Noir, Mark Gallagher (ed.), London: IB Tauris.

2014 ‘British Chinese Short Films: Challenging the Limits of the Sinophone’ (co-written with Felicia Chan). In Sinophone Cinemas, Audrey Yue and Olivia Koo (eds.), Basingstoke: Palgrave.

2014 ‘Amando de Ossario’s Bind Dead Quartet and the Cultural Politics of Spanish Horror’. In Screening the Undead: Vampires and zombies in film and television, Leon Hunt, Sharon Lockyear and Milly Williamson (eds.), London IB Tauris, pp. 233-248

2012 ‘Paul Naschy, Exorcismo and the reactionary Spanish horror film’. In European Nightmares, Patricia Allmer, Emily Brick, David Huxley (eds.), London: Wallflower Press pp. 121-131

2012 ‘Memory Banks Failing: Life on Mars and the politics of re-imagining the 1970s’. In Life on Mars to Ashes to Ashes, Stephen Lacey and Ruth McIlroy (eds.). Cardiff: University of Wales Press.