Film and media research is a long standing area of excellence at CREAM, and leads the field for interdisciplinary approaches to moving image practices and their discourses. CREAM research ranges from experimental documentary to moving image installations of international renown. Projects have included Joshua Oppenheimer’s internationally acclaimed documentary The Act of Killing, Mitra Tabrizian’s debut feature Gholam (2017), Uriel Orlow’s multi-stranded art work Theatrum Botanicum and Leviathan, the epic film cycle which Shezad Dawood presented at the Venice Biennale 2017.
Exhibition spaces such as Ambika P3, the Regent Street Cinema and London Gallery West reflect the creative innovations of CREAM researchers, and also present curatorial initiatives integral to CREAM’s research, from May Adadol Ingawanij’s presentations of the films of Lav Diaz, to Michael Maziere’s curation of NOW, the seminal exhibition of Chantal Akerman in 2015.
Film and Media produces ground breaking scholarship in the areas of media discourse and its histories and contributes to furthering research in global film culture, through international partnerships and research projects such as the India Media Centre and the Africa Media Centre.