The Cinematologists: The Story So Far

In February 2015 myself and colleague Dr. Dario Llinares launched a film podcast. As fans of the format as a way of staying engaged with news, politics and culture as well as for expanding knowledge both academic and arts based we were keen to explore the possibilities.

We are fans of the Greg Proops film club podcast and believe that there is a need for a wider discourse on cinema's place and role in contemporary culture, particularly in our local community and amongst the student body we teach. The result is The Cinematologists, which at the time of writing has screened 5 films to live audiences that have resulted in some fascinating post film discussions. These discussions, plus myself and Dario's pre-film introduction form the core of each episode.

The episodes are supplemented by myself and Dario adding further context to the screening by discussing further a loose theme that springs from the screening choice. There are also interviews with academics, critics and filmmakers and to date the podcast has welcomed director Mark Herman (Brassed Off, Little Voice), Berlin filmmaker Lucian Busse, a group of actors discussing improvisation and influence and academics Dr. Jonhny Walker, and Professor Linda Ruth Williams & Dr. Shelley Cobb.

The films screened to date are Repo Man (1984), Bande A Part (1964), Whip It (2009), Yojimbo (1961) and Bronson (2008). 

As the Bronson and Whip It episodes highlight, The Cinematologists podcast offers a great opportunity for academics to disseminate research to a wider sphere and audience. These episodes directly discuss academic research drawn directly from the screened film and wider issues that the film's are related to in some sense. 

It's been great fun so far. The podcast takes place at the School of Film & Television and is produced by a team of dedicated film students. The branding was created by an MA illustration student at Falmouth University. Working with students on a project like this is so rewarding. We are getting to the end of term so there is one more screening this week. The most recent episode was produced by Dario due to student deadlines. Just trying to get it online at a comparable quality to the student produced episodes has been a challenge and we've learned about how they work to make it sound so good. It's a two-way learning experience. As all experiences should be.

To listen to the episodes, find out information on screenings and subscribe on iTunes visit

We are also on Twitter @cinematologists

Here, I will post links to recent episodes with a short reflection on the screening and response as a way of journaling the process.