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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Dr Sasha Litvintseva


Senior Lecturer in Film



My work across films and research is situated on the uncertain thresholds of the perceptible and the communicable, organism and environment, and knowledge regimes and power. It is interdisciplinary and engages film practice and film theory in conversation with media studies, environmental humanities, and the history and philosophy of science. 

I have recently completed the final piece in the trilogy of films ‘Monsters, Measures and Metabolisms’, which I have been making together with my collaborator Beny Wagner. The trilogy is comprised of A Demonstration (2020), which looked at the presence of monsters at the centre of Early Modern taxonomic science, and Constant (2022), which explores the social and political history of measurement standardisation, and My Want of You Partakes of Me (2023), which interrogates digestion as a process of physiological, psychological, spiritual, literary and scientific dimensions. As part of this broader project we have co-authored the book All Thoughts Fly: Monster, Taxonomy, Film (Sonic Acts Press, 2021).

Prior to this I worked on a long-term research project proposing the theory and the practice of geological filmmaking as an aesthetic strategy for grappling with some of the key representational and perceptual challenges posed by the ecological crisis. This is explored in detail in my monograph Geological Filmmaking (Open Humanities Press, 2022). As part of this research I made two films, Salarium (2017) on sinkholes and Asbestos (2016) on asbestos.

I have over ten years of experience directing films that have been screened and exhibited worldwide including at the Berlinale, Rotterdam, CPH:DOX, Courtisane, Cinema Du Reel, Punto de Vista film festivals, the Baltic Triennial and Seoul Mediocrity Biennale, Tate Modern, Museum of the Moving Image New York, ICA London, LA Filmforum, Berlinische Galerie, Transmediale, Videobrasil, Berlin Atonal, and Criterion Channel, among many others. My films have won numerous awards internationally, including the Sylvestre Award for Best Short Film at IndieLisboa and Best Short Documentary at Guanajuato Film Festival. 

Prior to starting at QMUL in 2019, I completed a PhD in Media, Communications and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths. I welcome PhD applications from candidates working on themes aligned with my research interests.




  • FLM6211 Research Project by Film Practice
  • FLM7202 MA Documentary Production Project
  • MA core course 


  • FLM501 Documentary Theory and Practice
  • FLM5207 Research Methods
  • FLM604 Film Archaeology


Research Interests:

* artists’ moving image

* experimental documentary

* environmental humanities

* history and philosophy of science

* media and film archaeology

* film, ecology and the nonhuman

* the epistemology and communicability of pain



Geological Filmmaking, Open Humanities Press, 2022

All Thoughts Fly: Monster, Taxonomy, Film, with Beny Wagner, Sonic Acts Press, 2021


Articles and book chapters

'Two Hundred Years of Total Conversion', with Beny Wagner, Ecoes journal, issue 6, 2023

'Monster as Medium: Experiments in Perception in Early Modern Science and Film', with Beny Wagner, e-flux journal, March 2021

‘Asbestos: Inside and Outside, Toxic and Haptic’, in Environmental Humanities vol. 11 no. 1, special section on ‘Toxic Embodiment’, 2019

'Never Odd or Even - on Palindromes and Metaphors', with Beny Wagner, Hereafter, Sonic Acts, 2019

'Geological Filmmaking: Seeing Film Through Geology and Geology Through Film’, in Transformations no. 32, special issue on  ‘Ecological Thinking of the Moving Image’, 2018

‘Sinkholes in Signification’, with Daniel Mann, Sonic Acts Reader, Sonic Acts, 2018

'From Exile to Entropy: Notes on Protagonists and the Posthistorical’, New Cinema and the City: Migrations, edited by Ektoras Arkomanis, Cours De Poetique, 2020


Filmography (with selected exhibitions) 

My Want of You Partakes of Me (2023, 54 min, with Beny Wagner)

Tate Modern, CPH:DOX, Sonic Acts Biennale

Awards: Jury Special Mention New:Vision Competition, CPH:DOX

Constant (2022 / 40 min / with Beny Wagner)

Rotterdam, CPH:DOX, Courtisane, Olhar de Cinema, Open City Documentary film festivals, Museum of the Moving Image NY, IMPAKT, Wexner Center for the Arts...

Awards: Silvestre Award for Best Short Film, Indie Lisboa Film Festival; Best International Short Documentary, Guanajuato Film Festival; Jury Special Mention, EXiS Seoul

Every Rupture (2020 / 13 min)

Baltic Triennial, LOOP Barcelona, Solo exhibition Douglas Hyde Gallery, Ireland; Punto de Vista festival; Media Art Biennale WRO; Abandon Normal Devices festival...

A Demonstration (2020 / 25 min / with Beny Wagner)

Berlinale Shorts Competition, Kassel Dokfest, Curtocircuito, Guanajuato, Vancouver, Vilnius Film Festivals; CIAP Genk, Belgium solo exhibition; Museum of the Moving Image, New York; Runner up German Short Film Prize (BAFTA equivalent)... 

Salarium (2017 / 42 min / with Daniel Mann)

ICA, London solo screening; Berlin Modern Art Museum solo exhibition; Garage Contemporary Art Museum, Moscow; Mumok, Vienna; Cinema Du Reel; RIDM, Montreal…

Asbestos (2016 / 20 min / with Graeme Arnfield)

Berlinale Forum Expanded; Courtisane Festival special program; Roaming Projects, London solo exhibition; Flusser Archiv, Berlin solo exhibition… 

The Stability of the System (2016 / 17 min / with Isabel Mallet)

International Film Festival Rotterdam; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago solo screening; Sonic Acts; Inland Art Festival; Lighthouse Gallery…

Exile Exotic (2015 / 14 min)

Cinema Du Reel; L’Alternativa Barcelona; Alchemy Film Festival; Chicago Underground Film Festival; Kunstverein Gottingen; Dakota Gallery, Brussels solo exhibition…

Evergreen (2014 / 27 min)
 Videobrasil; Moscow Biennale for Young Art; AC Institute, NY solo exhibition; Image/Movement, Berlin, solo screening; Visions, Montreal solo screening…

Immortality, home and elsewhere (2014 / 12 min)

Ann Arbor Film Festival; Kino Der Kunst; Edinburgh Film Festival;  Festival Du Nouveau Cinema; Wroclaw Biennale; Neues Museum, Nürnberg…

Alluvion (2013 / 31 min)

Union Docs, NY solo screening; Edinburgh Film Guild solo screening; Carlos Ishikawa gallery, London; Kasseler Dokfest; Aesthetica Film Festival…


Current PhD supervisions (both co-supervised with Dr Anat Pick): 

Bin Yee Ang - 'The Ontological Difference between Real and Hyper-Real Computer Generated Animals in Film' 

Shelby Pritchard - 'An exploration of cinematic alternatives to hard science in staging encounters between human and non-human animal worlds' (practice based)

I welcome PhD applications from candidates working on themes aligned with my research interests.

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