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Michael Witt is Professor of Cinema and Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Film and Audiovisual Cultures (CRFAC) at Roehampton.
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. This book offers an in-depth study of Godard's monumental videographic investigation of cinema and history, Histoire(s) du cinéma (1988-1998), within the context of his overall œuvre. It has been reviewed in a variety of publications, including Senses of Cinema, New Left Review, Sight and Sound, 1895: Revue d'histoire du cinéma, Film Quarterly, Choice, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Spectrum Culture, Modern & Contemporary France, French Studies, and The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory.
Michael is also the co-editor of For Ever Godard (Black Dog Publishing, 2004), The French Cinema Book (British Film Institute, 2004), and Jean-Luc Godard: Documents (Éditions du Centre Pompidou, 2006). Some of his articles, which have appeared in journals such as Sight and Sound, Screen, Trafic, Cinéma, Critical Studies in Television, and New Left Review, have been translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese. His most recent article, a study of a forgotten compilation film that Godard created and showed during the 1981 Rotterdam Film Festival, was published in Spring 2015 under the title 'In search of Godard's Sauve la vie (qui peut)' in NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies and is forthcoming in Portuguese and German translation.
Michael has a longstanding interest in curation, and has curated film seasons for institutions such as Tate Modern, the Ciné-Lumière and BFI Southbank. He is currently working on a revised and expanded edition of The French Cinema Book for BFI Publishing/Palgrave Macmillan and is curating a full Jean-Luc Godard retrospective with Michael Temple for the British Film Institute at BFI Southbank in Spring 2016.
Michael has contributed on a number of occasions to the BBC Radio 3 programme Night Waves, and in 2014 was interviewed about Godard by Bloomberg News and The Hollywood Reporter.
He has given guest lectures at a variety of venues, including Cambridge University (1999), the Université Paris X Nanterre (2001), the Gwangju International Film Festival, South Korea (2002), The Royal Academy of Arts, London (2002), the Louvre, Paris (2008), the Ljubljana International Film Festival, Slovenia (2008), the Era New Horizons International Film Festival, Wroclaw, Poland (2010), Edinburgh University (2011), the Oi Futuro institute for contemporary art, Rio de Janeiro (2013), the Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt (2013), the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (2013), University College Cork (2014), University of Bedfordshire (2014), the Universidade Federal Fluminense, NiterÃ³i, Brazil (2014), the National Media Museum, Bradford (2014), and the Toronto International Film Festival TIFF Bell Lightbox film centre (2014).
Besides the curatorial ventures mentioned above, he has programmed films for the Ciné Lumière in London, and given numerous talks at the National Film Theatre (now BFI Southbank) in London. Between 2000 and 2004 he also organised a series of seven screenings and study days with Michael Temple devoted to 'Rethinking French Cinema' at the National Film Theatre. These day events addressed topics such as 'Cinema and Television', 'Cinema of the Occupation', 'Emmigé Influences on French Cinema', 'French Film Noir', 'Gender and French Cinema', 'Forms of Early French Cinema', and 'The French Documentary Tradition'.
In 2010 he was an International Competition Jury Member at the Jeonju International Film Festival in South Korea. In 2011 he was an External Advisor for the periodic review of the suite of degree programmes offered by the School of Journalism, Media and Communication at the University of Central Lancashire, and in 2011-2012 he acted as an external Research Excellence Framework (REF) consultant for the University of Westminster.
He was the External Examiner for the M.A. in Film Studies at Kingston University from 2005 to 2009, and is currently External Examiner for the B.A. Film Production at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. In recent years he has examined MPhil and PhD theses at Kingston University, Bath University, Birkbeck College (University of London), the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, Queen's University (Belfast), and Royal Holloway (University of London).
He regularly acts as a peer reviewer for submissions to a wide range of scholarly journals, and has reviewed book proposals and manuscripts for a numerous publishers, including Blackwell Publishing, Palgrave Macmillan, I. B. Tauris, Bloomsbury, Indiana University Press, and Oxford University Press. Since 2003 he has given an annual lecture on film theory to postgraduate students at the Institute of Modern Languages Research (School of Advanced Study, University of London) as part of the IMLR Research Training Programme.
Over the course of the past fifteen years he has contributed interviews, articles, and film and book reviews to Sight and Sound, including (in 2005) an interview with Jean-Luc Godard, 'I, A Man of the Image'. For his contribution to the 2012 ten-yearly Sight and Sound "Greatest Films" poll, see HERE.
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BA Hons (University of Bath), PhD (University of Bath)
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.
Besides his monograph on Godard, his recent publications include:
The film seasons he has curated include:
Recent public appearances include:
Michael teaches in the areas of cinema history, experimental cinema, film theory, the theory and practice of audiovisual criticism, and French and European cinema. In 2016-2017 he is teaching the following:
M.A. Film and Screen Cultures