Dr. Andy Willis

School of Arts and Media

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Contact Details

MediaCityUK 3.10

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Current positions

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 (www.homemcr.org), 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 (www.cffuk.org) and was a member of the board of trustees of Cornerhouse (www.cornerhouse.org) until 2015.

Areas of research

Popular Film and Television, Film Distribution and Exhibition


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)