1973 …2020

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Michael Chanan is a documentary film maker and scholar. His most recent film is 'Cuba: Living Between Hurricanes' (2019). He is currently working on a new book about cultural commodities and creative labour. 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, especially Cuba; documentary theory and practice; film music and the soundtrack; social history of music; film and politics; Third Cinema.


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

Research Output

Cuba: Vivir entre ciclones

Chanan, M., 2019

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

Open Access

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

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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

'Going Viral: A Coronavirus Diary'

Chanan, M., Jun 2020, In : Free Associations: Psychoanalysis and Culture, Media, Groups, Politics. 78, p. 1-16 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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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