Personal profile

Biography

Michael Witt is Professor of Cinema. He is the author of Jean-Luc Godard, Cinema Historian (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2013), which won the 2014 Limina Award for Best International Film Studies Book. He is also the co-editor of For Ever Godard (Black Dog Publishing, 2004), The French Cinema Book (BFI Publishing, 2004; 2nd edition BFI/Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), and Jean-Luc Godard: Documents (Éditions du Centre Pompidou, 2006). His articles have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese.

He has a longstanding interest in curation, and has curated film seasons for institutions such as Tate Modern, the Ciné-Lumière and BFI Southbank.

In 2022-23 he was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship to carry out research for a monograph on the many unmade and abandoned projects developed by Godard from 1949 to the 2020s. This involved conducting extensive research in public archives and private collections in several countries on the surviving traces of these diverse unrealised projects, which include films, television programmes, plays, books and exhibitions. The resultant monograph will be the first investigation of this vast corpus, and the first book-length study of the complete unmade and abandoned works of any filmmaker.

His recent publications include:

'Unfinished Business: Godard, Cinema and Theatre in the 1960s', in James Fenwick, Kieran Foster and David Eldridge (eds.), Shadow Cinema: The Historical and Production Contexts of Unmade Films (London: Bloomsbury, 2020), pp. 73-89

'Unearthing a Forgotten Television Work by Jean-Luc Godard', Senses of Cinema, No.95, July 2020 (available in French in Trafic, No.117, Spring 2021, pp. 78-92)

Qualifications

BA Hons (University of Bath), PhD (University of Bath)

Research interests

Michael's principal research interests lie in the fields of French cinema, cinema history, avant-garde and experimental cinema, film theory and philosophy, found footage filmmaking, audiovisual history and criticism, documentary, essay films and video essays, and the work of Jean-Luc Godard.

Professional affiliations