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Centre for Film and Screen


Jules O'Dwyer


Jules O’Dwyer is a Wolfson Scholar researching at the intersection of French and Film Studies at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. His doctoral thesis explores articulations of queer space in contemporary French cinema, with a particular focus on the work of Jacques Nolot, Vincent Dieutre and Alain Guiraudie. He has published on diverse subjects such as object-oriented theory, and the relation between cinematic extremity, ethics and star studies. His essays and reviews have appeared (or are forthcoming) in journals including Screen, Discourse, Studies in French Cinema, Alphaville, Film-Philosophy and French Studies, as well as two edited volumes. Jules acts as assistant editor at the journal World Picture, and he is planning a future project on cinema and/as curatorial practice.



Wolfson Scholarship in the Arts and Humanities, 2016-2019

Studies in French Cinema Postgraduate Essay Prize, 2016 

Bateman Scholarship, 2016

Newton Trust/Trinity Hall MPhil Studentship, 2015-2016

ASFC Undergraduate Essay Prize, 2014

Head of School Award (for overall degree mark in School of Modern Languages, University of Bristol), 2014



I have previously taught undergraduate modules in Film and French to English translation, and have co-convened seminars in Critical Theory. In 2018 - 2019, I am teaching on paper CS6 (European Cinema) and supervising optional dissertations for CS5 (The Body).



‘Histoire(s) de l’art: the queer curation of Vincent Dieutre’, Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 16 (Winter 2018) [forthcoming].

‘Review of Lindner, K. ‘Film Bodies: Queer Feminist Encounters with Gender and Sexuality in Cinema’, Film-Philosophy, 22: 3 (October 2018): 510-513.

‘Reframing the spaces of French cinema’ Studies in French Cinema, 18: 4 (September 2018): 1-5.

 ‘Reorienting Objects in Marker and Resnais’s Les Statues meurent aussi’, Screen, 58: 4 (Winter 2017): 497–507.

 ‘Bodies at the Margins: Rethinking Corporeal Cinema in Denis’s Les Salauds’, Film Matters, 6: 2 (Fall 2015): 6-11.


Conference papers (select):

‘Bodies/being/landscape: Alain Guiraudie’s environs’,  Film as Method in the Geo-Humanities, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, October 2018

‘Forms of cinematic cruising in recent French film’, Film-Philosophy Conference, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. July 2018.

‘Coming and going: Barthes, Nolot and Porn Theatre’, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Toronto, Canada. March 2018.

‘Bricolage aesthetics from Soukaz to Dieutre: Queerness, cinema, art history’, IntermIdia: The Moving Form of Film, University of Reading. November 2017.

Histoire(s) de l’art: Queer curation in the cinema of Vincent Dieutre’, Queer Screens, University of Northumbria. September 2017

‘Ekphrasis and the queer sensibilities of French experimental cinema’, Network for European Cinema Studies, Université Paris III – Sorbonne Nouvelle, France. July 2017

‘Entre la chambre et le monde: Dieutre and Akerman’s apartment thresholds’, World Picture Conference, University of Cambridge, December 2016

‘Michaux, Brakhage and in between’, French Graduate Conference. Emmanuel College, Cambridge, May 2016





Screenings and Events

Ironies of Web 2.0

2 May 2019

Ironies of Web 2.0 Professor Damon Young Film & Screen Studies MPhil Conference Monday May 6th at 6pm in the McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College Keynote Lecture Contemporary media cultures evince a crisis of authorial perspective, experienced as a collapse of the distinction between sincerity and satire...

Vertigo Effects: Film, Flight, and Simulation Sickness

1 May 2019

Vertigo Effects: Film, Flight, and Simulation Sickness Dr Patrick Ellis Georgia Institute of Technology 4pm, Wednesday 8th May 2019 McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College One of the first media pathologies associated with cinema was “camera sickness,” a vestibular malady that shared symptoms with other newly...

Todd Solondz: Filmmaker in Residence 2019

11 April 2019

We are delighted to announce that the award-winning independent American filmmaker Todd Solondz will be at the Centre for Film and Screen in early May of the Easter Term, 2019. Solondz is one of the leading figures in what has come to be known as ‘independent cinema’—cinema produced outside the Hollywood studio system—a...