Department of Media, Culture and Language

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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 outputs

  1. Eduardo Coutinho Obituary

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. The Politics of Documentary

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  3. Logic Lane, series of film on philosophy in Oxford

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

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