School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Dr Charles Drazin


Senior Lecturer in Film Studies

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2857
Room Number: Arts One 1.23


My main research activity is currently focused on the completion guarantor Film Finances, for which I am consultant and archivist. I am also writing a book on the films of Powell and Pressburger.


FLM4202 Approaches and Analysis

FLM005 Introduction to British Cinema

FLM307 British Cinema Post-1969

Current PhD supervision

Adam Plummer, ‘The Place of Anxiety and Trauma in Popular British Cinema in the Immediate Aftermath of the Second World War’, co-supervised with Dr. Lucy Bolton


Research Interests:

  • British Cinema, with a particular focus on Powell & Pressburger and Lindsay Anderson

  • The post-war history of the independent cinema in Britain and the USA


Books and edited works

Mapping the Past: A Search for Five Brothers at the Edge of Empire (Heinemann, 2016; pbk edn, Arrow, 2017)

A Bond for Bond: Film Finances and Dr No (Film Finances, 2011)

The Faber Book of French Cinema (Faber & Faber, 2011)

The Man Who Outshone the Sun King (Heinemann, 2008; pbk edn, Arrow, 2009)

Korda: Britain’s Only Movie Mogul (Sidgwick & Jackson 2002; revised pbk edn, I.B. Tauris 2011)

In Search of The Third Man (Methuen, 1999; pbk 2000. Limelight Editions, New York, 2000).

Blue Velvet (Bloomsbury, 1998)

The Finest Years: British Cinema of the 1940s (André Deutsch, 1998; revised pbk edn, I. B. Tauris, 2007


Selected articles and book chapters

‘The Artist Must Always Bite the Hand that Feeds Him’ in New Perspectives on Watkins, ed. by Kristofer Woods (Wolf Kino, 2018)

‘Make-believe and Realism in British Film Production: From the Coming of Sound to the Abolition of the National Film Finance Corporation', in The Routledge Companion to British Cinema History, ed. by I. Q. Hunter, Laraine Porter and Justin Smith (Routledge, 2017)

‘Room at the Top: Behind the Façade’, Eidos, 39, 2017

‘Lindsay: With A Little Help from His Friends’, in Lindsay Anderson Revisited: Unknown Aspects of a Film Director, ed. by Erik Hedling and Christophe Dupin, (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016)

‘Persona Non Grata’, Journal of British Cinema and Television, 11:2-3, 2014

‘The Origin, Practice and Meaning of the Free Cinema Manifesto’, Journal of British Cinema and Television, 11:2-3, 2014

‘Lois Smith: “You Want to Make Films”’ (interview), Journal of British Cinema and Television, 11:2-3, 2014

‘Film Finances: The First Years’, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, March 2014

‘The Distribution of Powell and Pressburger’s Films in the United States, 1939–1949’, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, April 2013