New Political Cinema, Asia, and Beyond: TEN YEARS multimedia dossier in FRAMES

The multimedia dossier New Political Cinema, Asia, and Beyond: TEN YEARS was published in FRAMES CINEMA JOURNAL, Issue 15, May 2019.

It contains the following articles:

Introduction by Prof Gina Marchetti (HKU) and Prof Dina Iordanova (St Andrews)

Video Interview with the producers of the TEN YEARS series: conducted, recorded, edited and subtitled by Dr. Leiya Lee (HKU). 45 min long, January 2019. Featurng:

      • Ka-leung Ng is the director of the “Local Egg” segment and Ten Years (2015), and the producer of Ten Years (2015)
      • Andrew Choi: producer of Ten Years (2015) and Ten Years International Project
      • Felix Tsang from Golden Scene is the international distributor of Ten Years and of Ten Years International Project and the producer of Ten Years International Project
      • Lorraine Ma is the producer of Ten Years International Project

Video Essay: Film critic Clarence Tsui on TEN YEARS

Video Essay: Producer Andrew Choi on TEN YEARS

Video Essay: Prof. Kwai-Cheung Lo (HKBU) on TEN YEARS

Video Essay: Dr. Vivian Lee (CUHK) on TEN YEARS

Video Essay: Distributor Felix Tsang (Golden Scene) on TEN YEARS

Video Essay: Prof. Laikwan Pang (CUHK) on TEN YEARS

Essay: Quietly Critical; TEN YEARS JAPAN by Dr. Jennifer Coates (UEA, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures)

Essay: A Future Without China: Livelihood Issues in TEN YEARS TAIWAN by Dr Timmy Chih-Ting Chen (BUHK)

Essay: TEN YEARS: An Unexpected Watershed of Twenty-first-century Hong Kong Film Industry by Dr. Ruby Cheung (U of Southampton)

Essay: TEN YEARS THAILAND: The Future Becoming, by Anchalee Chaiworaporn (independent critic, Thailand)

TEN YEARS: Bibliography and FIlmography, by Yu Lu (HKU).


The publication is a joint collaborative project of the IGCCC at the University of St Andrews and the Centre for the Study of Globalization and Cultures at the University of Hong Kong. It was developed out of the workshop dedicated to the TEN YEARS: ASIAN POLITICAL CINEMA project, whcih was held at the University of Hong Kong on 8 January 2019.


Wu Tianming @ St Andrews: The Dossier now published

The cluster of video and written essays dedicated to the life and work of this great Chinese cineaste WU TIANMING (1939-2014) is a direct consequence of the great opening up of Chinese cinema to Western audiences that we are witnessing. Wu Tianming was not only a cruical figure of China’s Fourth generation of fim directors, but also the person who enabled — in his capacity of director of the Xi’an film studios — the most important directors of the Fifth generation, such as Zhang Yimou, Tian Zhiangzhuang and Chen Kaige, make their entry into cinema. We commemorated his work at the IGCCC workshop on 9 April 2018, when we screened his film OLD WELL (1987).  Subsequently, many of the contributions from the workshop were published online in a dossier dedicated to the director.

The dossier can be found in FRAMES CINEMA JOURNAL, ISSUE 14 (December 2018). Here is a link to the introductory video essay by Peize Li, which presents the complexity of Wu’s career.

Video Essay: Wu Tianming and the Xi’an Film Studio in China

The WU TIANMING DOSSIER also includes

Dina Iordanova, Introduction

Chris Berry, Video Essay: Remembering Wu Tianming

Xie Fei, Video Essay: Tribute to Wu Tianming

Wu Guanping, Video Essay: The Legacy of Wu Tianming

Himin Deng, River Without Buoys: The Construction of Post Revolutionary State Ideology

September Liu, In Memorial of Wu Tianming: An Anecdote and Some Notes


Events Publications

Setsuko Hara @ St Andrews: Dossier Now Published

The 5 February 2018 workshop on Japanese actress Setsuko Hara (1920-2015) was IGCCC’s first workshop to celebrate the work of a female artist, part of our series of events that mark the oeuvre of cineastes that have passed away in recent years.

The essays, published in Frames, Issue 13, are dedicated to Japan’s most admired and universally adored actress. Her presence in the films of Yasujirō Ozu, Akira Kurosawa, Mikio Naruse and many others made Hara one of the most memorable faces in the history of cinema at large, even if she withdrew from acting in her early 40s and never appeared in film after 1962.

We screened one of Hara’s earliest films, the German-Japanese co-production THE NEW EARTH (a.k.a. The Daughter of the Samurai/Atarashiki Tsuchi/新しき土) 1937, directed in two diferent versions by Arnold Frank and Mansaku Itami – in the version directed by Frank. Even though this was not her first role, Hara is only 17 years old when she appeared in the film, in a period that was marked by substantial propagandistic and political upheavals.

In the presentations that followed, we heard from historian Konrad Lawson (St Andrews), who gave a fascinating contextualisation of the complex period in which Hara started her career. Other contributors included our colleague Philippa Lovatt (St Andrews), Bruce Chu (Communication University of China), and Alex Zahlten (Harvard University).

Frames Cinema Journal (Issue 13, May 2018) published a dossier containing some of the material — an essay, an illustrated presentation, and a video essay — that was created by our range of contributors specifically for Hara’s commemoration. Here are the links:

Dina Iordanova, Introduction: Setsuko Hara @ St Andrews and Now in Frames

Alastair Phillips’s (Warwick), Space and Transition in the Films of Setsuko Hara

Jennifer Coates (Kyoto U./University of East Anglia) Setsuko Hara vs. the Press: The Post-war Trolling of a Wartime Icon, 

Joel Neville Anderson’s (Rochester/Japan Cuts) video essay: Hara Double at the Brattle.



Issue 13 (May 2018) of FRAMES CINEMA JOURNAL is dedicated to FILM FESTIVALS: AFTERMATHS AND BEYOND, and is guest edited by Dina Iordanova. It opens up with Letter from the Editors, doctoral candidates Cassice Last and Sophie Hopmeier.

Introduced by Dina Iordanova, in a piece entitled The Film Festival: Principal Node in Film Culture it contains new studies related to activist festivals in the spheres of politics and LGBTQ matters


Not Only Projections in a Dark Room: Theorizing Activist Film Festivals in the Lives of Campaigns and Social Movements, by Lyell Davies

Stories from the Margins: The Practicality and Ethics of Refugee Film Festivals by Sarah Breyfogle

Commercialisation as a Tool: The Commercial Transformation of the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival by Heshen Xie

Incestuous Festivals: Friendships, John Greyson, and the Toronto Scene by Antoine Damiens

POINT OF VIEW REPORTS from around the world

Tracing Bodo Film Festival: The Makings of a Local Film Festival by Ankush Bhuyan

A “Farm System” in an Emerging Texas Film Festival Circuit by Ted Fisher

Framed Space and Framing Spaces: 61st BFI London Film Festival in Review by Mina Radovic


Film Festivals and Anthropology by Liz Czach

Activist Film Festivals: Towards a Political Subject by Liz Czach



Events Publications

Om Puri @ St Andrews (and In Media Res)

The workshop dedicated to great Indian actor Om Puri (1950-2017) took place in St Andrews on 18 April 2017. Speakers paying tribute to the actor included Dr. Anuja Jain, Prof Dina Iordanova, and a host of doctoral students including Shruti Narayanswamy, Souraj Doutta, Aakshi Magazine, Shorna Pal and Sanghita Sen. We screened and discussed the film HALF TRUTH/ARDH SATYA (1983, Givind Nihalani) featuring stars Om Puri and Smita Patil.

“No one can say exactly what contributes to an actor’s ability to create empathetic characters, but the sensitivity that Puri brought to his roles, are perhaps products of both the triumphs as well as the disappointments that are were a part of his career and his life,” said Aakshi Magazine. “It is this that probably reflects the sensitivity he could bring in playing not easily likeable characters like the one in East is East, or the Hindu right-wing officer responsible for riots in Dev. Puri portrayed them as contradictions without asking us to take sides.”

A number of texts on Om Puri by contributors such Aakshi Magazine, Souraj Dutta, Shruti Narayanswamy, Dina Iordanova and Shorna Pal were published In Media Res for the week of 22 May 2017.

The event was covered inIndian media, including Hindustani Times and NYOOZ TV

Events Publications

Abbas Kiarostami @St Andrews (and In Media Res)

In February 2017 we held the very first of the workshops dedicated to recently deceased famous international film directors with an event dedicated to the memory of Iranian Abbas Kiarostami (1940-2016), who had passed away prematurely the previous year. The workshop was opened in a moving tribute by Jean-Michel Frodon, who had been a close personal friend of the filmmaker. Then there were contributions by Sanghita Sen and Shorna Pal, as well as a screening of the director’s Cannes-winning feature film A TASTE OF CHERRY (1997), which we discussed.
Some of the work generated for the workshop was subsequently published online for IN MEDIA RES: A MEDIA COMMONS PROJECT on 24 April 2017. Five short essays dedicated to Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, by Dina Iordanova. Jean-Michel Frodon, Marco dalla Gassa (Ca’ Foscari, Venice), Sanghita Sen and Shorna Pal (St Andrews)