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1973 …2019
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Personal profile


Michael Chanan is a documentary film maker who also writes on both film and music. His most recent film is 'Money Puzzles' (2016,130mns). His latest book, 'The Politics of Documentary', was published by the BFI in 2007. He has a range of special interests, including Latin American cinema, documentary, the film soundtrack, and the social history of music. In 2000, he was Visiting Professor in the Literature Program at Duke University, USA, and then joined the University of the West of England where he was Professor of Cultural Studies, 2002-2007.

Research interests

Research interests: Latin American cinema; documentary theory and practice; film music and the soundtrack; social history of music;early cinema; film and politics; 'third cinema'; an ecclectic range of individual directors such as Buñuel, Huston, Alea, Kiarostami, Loach, Renoir.


Current and recent research students in Latin American cinema; documentary practice; activism and social media.

Research Output 1973 2019

Cuba: Vivir entre ciclones

Chanan, M., 2019

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

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The Melancholy of a political documentarist

Chanan, M., 2019, In : Studies in Documentary Film. 13, 3, p. 196-213 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Concerning the Iconic Signification of Music in Cinema

Chanan, M., 10 Oct 2019, The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Imagination, Volume 1. Grimshaw-Aagaard, M., Walther-Hansen, M. & Knakkergaard, M. (eds.). Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

How to make a film about money and debt without any money and without falling into debt

Chanan, M., 27 Dec 2017, Global Finance on Screen: From Wall Street to Side Street. Parvulescu, C. (ed.). 1st ed. Routldege

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Bearing Witness to a Whole Bunch of Murders: The Aesthetics of Perspective in the Friday the 13th Films

Author: Clayton, G. W., 16 Sep 2013

Supervisor: Abbott, S. (Supervisor), Sutton, P. (Supervisor) & Chanan, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Encounters in Authenticity : Documentary Film and the “Authentic” Restaurant

Author: Giesman, H., 31 Mar 2014

Supervisor: Chanan, M. (Supervisor), Marvin, G. (Supervisor) & Colusso, E. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Enemies of the State: Framing Political Subversives in Documentary Film

Author: O'Sullivan, S., 13 Jun 2013

Supervisor: Chanan, M. (Supervisor) & Colusso, E. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Mental Images in Cinema: Flashback, Imagined Voices, Fantasy, Dream, Hallucination and Madness in Film

Author: Luchoomun, L., 26 Jun 2012

Supervisor: Chanan, M. (Supervisor), Witt, M. (Supervisor) & Sutton, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis