School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Dr Guy Westwell, BA, MPhil, PhD


Senior Lecturer in Film Studies

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8337
Room Number: Arts One 1.43
Office Hours: Please email for an appointment


I am a graduate of Keele University (BA Hons) and the University of Glasgow (MPhil, PhD). I joined Queen Mary in 2006. My research focuses on the war film and antiwar film, film and politics, film and cultural memory, 9/11 and film, and iconic photographs and film. I welcome applications from students interested in pursuing doctoral research in any of these areas. At undergraduate level I teach FLM4200 Concepts and History, FLM308 Contemporary Hollywood Cinema, and FLM603 Mapping Contemporary Cinema. At postgraduate level I teach on the MA core course and deliver the optional module 9/11 and American Film. I was the recipient of Drapers' Award for excellence in teaching in 2009.

I am the editor of the Mapping Contemporary Cinema website, a student writing project, which publishes in-depth accounts of contemporary US, German, French and Russian British films, as well as short guides on a range of different themes.


FLM4200 Concepts and History

FLM603 Mapping Contemporary Cinema

FLM309 Contemporary Hollywood Cinema

FLM6202 UG dissertation module

MA Film Studies core course

Current PhD Supervision

Tim Lindemann: 'New Rural Cinema - The Landscape of Rural Poverty in Recent American Indie Film', co-supervised with Dr. Alasdair King

Aditi Tara Verma: 'Making the Cut: A Study on Editing Practice for Contemporary Hindi Cinema', co-supervised with Dr. Ashvin Devasundaram


Research Interests:

  • war and antiwar film
  • 9/11 and film
  • film and politics
  • film and cultural memory
  • iconic photographs and film
  • peace and pacifism
  • film and ethics


Books and edited works

Parallel Lines: 9/11 and American Film (London: Wallflower Press, 2014)

Oxford Dictionary of Film Studies, co-authored with Annette Kuhn (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).

War Cinema: Hollywood on the Front Line (Wallflower Press, 2006).


Selected articles and book chapters

'Acts of Redemption and ‘The Falling Man’ Photograph in Post-9/11 US Cinema', in American Cinema in the Shadow of 9/11 (Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2016), pp.67-88.

'In country: narrating the Iraq War in US cinema', in A Companion to the Historical Film (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).

'Regarding the pain of others: scenarios of obligation in post-9/11 US cinema', Journal of American Studies, vol.45, no.4 (2011), pp.815-834.

'Accidental Napalm Attack and hegemonic visions of America's war in Vietnam', Critical Studies in Media Communication, vol.28, no.5 (2011), pp.407-423.

'In country: mapping the Iraq war in recent Hollywood combat movies' in Screens of Terror: Representations of War and Terrorism in Film and Television Since 9/11 (Abramis Academic, 2011), pp.19-37.

'One image begets another: a comparative analysis of Flag-raising on Iwo Jima and Ground Zero Spirit', Journal of War and Culture Studies, vol.1, no.3 (2008), pp.325-40.

˜The domestic vision of Vietnam Home Movies" in Image as Witness: Trauma, Memory and Visual Culture (Wallflower Press, 2007), pp.143-159.


See also my Queen Mary Research publications page: References