Dr Michelle Langford

Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head - Learning and Teaching
BA (Hons 1) (University of Sydney) PhD (University of Sydney)
School of the Arts & Media

Contact

+61 2 9385 4489
+61 2 9385 6812
Room 311O, Level 3, Robert Webster
Kensington Campus
Fields: Cinema Studies, Film, Television and Digital Media
Tags: The Media, Visual Communication, Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing

Dr Michelle Langford teaches in the areas of film styles and aesthetics, allegorical cinema, national cinemas, the Hollywood film industry and film theory as well the introductory first year film course Introduction to Film.

She has also taught courses on conteporary cinema, avant-garde and experimental cinema, Chinese cinemas, transnational cultures and general cultural studies courses.

Her current research, looks at the allegorical dimensions of Iranian cinema and is particularly interested in concepts of persuasion, poetry and resistance as well as the cinematic treatment of war, the use of melodrama, the place of film in the Iranian public sphere and the notion of 'becoming-woman'.

Michelle also has a strong research interest in German cinema (Weimar, New German Cinema and Contemporary). She has published on the films of Werner Schroeter, Alexander Kluge, Tom Tykwer, and F. W. Murnau.

Michelle also has a strong research interest in aesthetics theories of cinema, Deleuzian film theory, the critical theory of Walter Benjamin and the Frankfurt School.

Research

I am Senior Lecturer in Film Studies and a fellow of the UNSW Scientia Education Academy. My core research and publication activities are driven by my longstanding interest in the cinemas of Germany and Iran. These vastly different national cinemas are closely connected through my theorisation of allegorical processes in film combined with a close attention to the impact of socio-political and historical contexts on the development of film style. My current research is focused primarily on Iranian cinema. This emphasis on Iranian cinema has allowed me to extend and expand my theorisation of allegorical cinema into an area of national cinema studies that is both contemporary and dynamic. My most recent research project looks at the German films of the Iranian Filmmaker Sohrab Shahid Saless.

PhD Supervisions

Current:

  • Reza Taheri: The Cinema of Asghar Farhadi
  • Teo Miaw Lee: Industry, Space and Identity: Diasporic Chinese Indonesian Filmmaking in Perspective
  • Mahsa Salamati: Iranian Cinema in Global Distribution

As Co-supervisor:

  • Melanie Robson: The Long Take

Successful PhD Completions:

  • Klara Bruveris: Globalisation and Latvian Cinema: Examining the impact of global flows on the development of aesthetic and thematic trends in contemporary Latvian film.
  • Rosa Holman: Iranian women’s cinema: recovering voice, reclaiming authority
  • Rodney Wallis: (Re)Imagining the Promised Land: Israel and America in American Post-war Cinema
  • Louise Malcolm: Film Performance in the films of Wong Kar-Wai
  • Naadir Junaid: Bengali political cinema: protest and social transformation
  • Sanaz Fotouhi: Ways of Being, Lines of Becoming: A Study of Post-Revolutionary Iranain literature in English
  • Eva Lewkowicz: Beyond the Happy Ending: Re-Viewing Female 'Citizenship' in the Mexican Telenovela Industry
  • Khosrow Shariari: 'Breaking down borders and bridging barriers: Iranian Taziyeh Theatre' (2006)

Honours Supervisions

  • Thi Tuong Vi Nguyen "RED SILK AND GOLDEN FLOWERS: An analysis of Zhang Yimou’s Ju Dou (1990) and Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)" 2011
  • Klara Bruveris "‘Wished-for’ Masculinities and Harsh Realities: Searching for the Latvian Man" 2010
  • Martin Clarke “The Return of the Sacred in Contemporary Hollywood Cinema.” 2009

Prospective postgraduate students who are interested in applying to undertake a MA (Research) or PhD related to any of my research or teaching areas should email me in the first instance. I am also interested in supervising students who are interested in various aspects of Iranian culture and media studies.

Publications

    Books

    • Langford M, 2013, Directory of World Cinema: Germany 2, Directory of World Cinema, Intellect (UK), Bristol
    • Langford M, (ed.), 2012, Directory of World Cinema: Germany, 1, Intellect Books, Bristol
    • Langford ME, 2006, Allegorical Images Tableau, Time and Gesture in the Cinema of Werner Schroeter, Original, Intellect Books, United Kingdom

    Book Chapters

    • Langford ME, 2015, 'Iranian Cinema and Social Media', in Faris DM; Rahimi B (ed.), Social Media in Iran Politics and Society after 2009, SUNY Press, New York, pp. 251 - 270, http://www.sunypress.edu/p-6138-social-media-in-iran.aspx
    • Langford ME, 2015, 'I'm Ready for my Close-Up Mr Ayatollah! The Ideology of Female Stardom in Iranian Cinema', in Bandhauer A; Royer M (ed.), Stars in World Cinema: Screen Icons and Star Systems Across Cultures, I.B. Tauris, London, pp. 119 - 130
    • Langford M, 2013, 'Costume Film', in Langford M (ed.), Directory of World Cinema: Germany 2, edn. Directory of World Cinema, Intellect (UK), Bristol, pp. 159 - 166
    • Langford M; Dawson R; Rizo Lenshyn VI, 2013, 'Sport Film', in Langford M (ed.), Directory of World Cinema: Germany 2, edn. Directory of World Cinema, Intellect (UK), Bristol, pp. 41 - 52
    • Langford M, 2013, 'German Cinema and the Genre Film', in Langford M (ed.), Directory of World Cinema: Germany 2, edn. Directory of World Cinema, Intellect (UK), Bristol, pp. 6 - 11
    • Langford ME, 2012, 'Cultural Diversity in Iranian Cinema', in Jahed P (ed.), Directory of World Cinema: Iran, edn. Revised, Intelect, Bristol, pp. 258 - 266
    • Langford ME, 2012, '"Vergangenheitsbewaeltigung: Coming to Terms with the Past"', in Langford M (ed.), The Directory of World Cinema: Germany, edn. 1, Intellect, Bristol, pp. 204 - 215, http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/books/view-Book,id=4789/
    • Langford ME, 2012, '"German Cinema and the Vicissitudes of History"', in Langford M (ed.), The Directory of World Cinema: Germany, edn. 1, Intellect, Bristol, pp. 6 - 13, http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/books/view-Book,id=4789/
    • Langford ME, 2011, '"Serenades"', in Beirne R; Bennett J (ed.), Making Film and Television Histories: Australia and New Zealand, edn. 1, I. B. Tauris, London, pp. 252 - 256, http://www.ibtauris.com/Books/The%20arts/Film%20TV%20%20radio/Television/Making%20Film%20and%20Television%20Histories%20Australia%20and%20New%20Zealand.aspx?menuitem=%7BB571EE45-263D-4532-A616-771699D
    • Langford ME, 2008, 'Negotiating the Sacred Body in Iranian Cinema(s): National, Physical and Cinematic Embodiment in Majid Majidi`s Baran (2002)', in Coleman EB; Fernandes-Dias MS (ed.), Negotiating the Sacred II: Blasphemy and Sacrilege in the Arts, edn. 1, ANU E Press, Canberra, Australia, pp. 161 - 171
    • Langford ME, 2008, 'Lola and the Vampire: Technologies of Time and Movement in German Cinema', in Bennett B; Furstenau M; Mackenzie A (ed.), Cinema and Technology: Cultures, Theories, Practices, edn. Original, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke & New York, pp. 187 - 200
    • Langford ME, 1995, 'Film Figures: Rainer Werner Fassbinder's The Marriage of Maria Braun and Alexander Kluge's The Female Patriot', in Jayamanne E (ed.), Kiss Me Deadly: Feminism and Cinema for the Moment, edn. Original, Power Publications, Sydney, pp. 147 - 179

    Journal articles

    Reports

    Other

    • Langford ME, 2013, The Blue Angel, Intellect, Bristol
    • Langford ME, 2013, Pandora's Box, Intellect, Bristol
    • Jahed P (ed.), 2012, Iron Island, Intelect, Bristol
    • Jahed P (ed.), 2012, Baran, Intelect, Bristol
    • Jahed P (ed.), 2012, A Time for Drunken Horses, Intelect, Bristol
    • Jahed P (ed.), 2012, Blackboards, Intelect, Bristol
    • Jahed P (ed.), 2012, Colour of Paradise, Intelect, Bristol
    • Jahed P (ed.), 2012, Mainline, Intelect, Bristol
    • Langford M (ed.), 2012, "Palermo or Wolfsburg", Intellect, Bristol, http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/books/view-Book,id=4789/
    • Langford M (ed.), 2012, "The Student of Prague", Intellect, Bristol, http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/books/view-Book,id=4789/

    Conference Presentations

    • Langford ME, 2010, 'Dissimulating Dissent: ‘Honest Shadows’ in Asghar Farhadi’s About Elly (2009)', in Dissimulating Dissent: ‘Honest Shadows’ in Asghar Farhadi’s About Elly (2009), Cinema, Modernity, Modernism FHAANZ, UNSW, Sydney, presented at Cinema, Modernity, Modernism FHAANZ, UNSW, Sydney, 30 November - 03 December 2010
    • Langford ME, 2008, 'Practical Melodrama: Private Lives and Public Space in Tahmineh Milani’s ‘Fereshteh’ Trilogy', in Practical Melodrama: Private Lives and Public Space in Tahmineh Milani’s ‘Fereshteh’ Trilogy, Visual Representations of Iran, University of St Andrews, presented at Visual Representations of Iran, University of St Andrews, 13 - 16 June 2008
    • Langford ME, 2006, 'Hidden Histories and Multiple Reactions: Past, Present and Future in the Films of Tahmineh Milani', in Hidden Histories and Multiple Reactions: Past, Present and Future in the Films of Tahmineh Milani, Telling Stories: The XIIIth Biennial Conference of the Film and History Association, Melbourne, presented at Telling Stories: The XIIIth Biennial Conference of the Film and History Association, Melbourne, 16 - 19 November 2006
    • Langford ME, 2006, 'Iran and its Others: Locating Cultural Diversity in Iranian Cinema', in Iran and its Others: Locating Cultural Diversity in Iranian Cinema, Transformations Conference 2006: Cultural and the Environment in Human Development, Australian National University, presented at Transformations Conference 2006: Cultural and the Environment in Human Development, Australian National University, 27 - 29 November 2006
    • Langford ME, 2005, 'Lola and the Vampire: Technologies of Time and Movement in German Cinema', in Lola and the Vampire: Technologies of Time and Movement in German Cinema, Cinema and Technology, Lancaster University, presented at Cinema and Technology, Lancaster University, 06 - 09 April 2005
    • Langford ME, 2005, 'Negotiating the Sacred Body in Iranian Cinema', in Negotiating the Sacred Body in Iranian Cinema, Negotiating the Sacred 2 Centre for Cross-Cultural Communication,, ANU, presented at Negotiating the Sacred 2 Centre for Cross-Cultural Communication,, ANU, 03 - 04 November 2005
    • Langford ME, 2005, 'Becoming-Bodies in Iranian Cinema(s): Majid Majidi’s Baran', in Becoming-Bodies in Iranian Cinema(s): Majid Majidi’s Baran, Imagining Iran: A Symposium on Iranian Cinema,, School of Media, Film and Theatre, University of NSW, presented at Imagining Iran: A Symposium on Iranian Cinema,, School of Media, Film and Theatre, University of NSW, 18 November 2005

    Films, TV, Media

    • Langford ME, 2010, Critical voice-over commentary, Madman Entertainment, Melbourne, Australia, Editor(s): Madman Entertainment, Video, http://www.madman.com.au/catalogue/view/10621/the-power-of-emotion
    • Langford ME, 2009, Veronika Voss in the BRD Trilogy by R. W. Fassbinder Critical voice-over commentary, Madman Films, Melbourne, Audio Recording

Teaching

Introduction to Film Studies
Issues in Film Styles and Aesthetics (focus on allegorical cinema)
Honours in Film Studies

Other information

PhD Supervisions
Current:
Reza Taheri: The Cinema of Asghar Farhadi
Teo Miaw Lee: Industry, Space and Identity: Diasporic Chinese Indonesian Filmmaking in Perspective
Mahsa Salamati: Iranian film circulation

As Co-supervisor:
Rodney Wallis: The Arab-Israeli Conflict in American Film and Television
Melanie Robson: The long take and modernist European cinema

Successful PhD Completions:

Klara Bruveris: Globalisation and Latvian Cinema: examining the impact of global flows on the development of aesthetic and thematic trends in contemporary Latvian cinema. (2016)

Rosa Holman: Veils, Voice, ‘Vatan’: Recovering Identity and Homeland in Iranian Women’s Cinema (2015)

Louise Malcolm: The Filmic Bodies of Wong Kar-wai (2014)

Sanaz Fotouhi: Ways of Being, Lines of Becoming: A Study of Post-Revolutionary Iranain literature in English (2012)

Eva Lewkowicz: Beyond the Happy Ending: Re-Viewing Female 'Citizenship' in the Mexican Telenovela Industry. (2011)

Khosrow Shariari: Breaking down borders and bridging barriers: Iranian Taziyeh Theatre (2006)

Naadir Junaid: Bengali Political Cinema (2013)

Honours Supervisions

Wendy Nguyen "Red Silk and Golden Flowers: an analysis of Zhang Yimou's Ju Dou (1990) and Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)"

Klara Bruveris "‘Wished-for’ Masculinities and Harsh Realities: Searching for the Latvian Man" 2010

Martin Clarke “The Return of the Sacred in Contemporary Hollywood Cinema.” 2009

Prospective postgraduate students who are interested in applying to undertake a MA (Research) or PhD related to any of my research or teaching areas should email me in the first instance. I am also interested in supervising students who are interested in various aspects of German Cinema and Iranian Cinema.