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The Centre for Film and Ethics

The Centre for Film and Ethics facilitates interdisciplinary work involving ethics in the context of moving image research. The centre operates as an international hub for exploring the interaction between film and ethics, in light of both traditional questions of moral philosophy and the complexities of the contemporary ethical landscape.   

  • To provide an optic for expertise in moving image culture and ethics and its range of applications (practice, theory, aesthetics, history, memory and so forth).
  • To create a hub to attract and support interdisciplinary research collaborations with the disciplines of Law, Medicine, Drama and others where ethics is variously treated, in order to think ethics as a multifaceted phenomenon.
  • To open up new avenues of collaborative practice with cultural institutions (museums, galleries, cinemas, festivals) and with organisations for whom ethics is a central concern, such as NGOs, charities and policy bodies.
  • To attract accomplished doctoral projects and postdoctoral researchers working in the field of Film and Ethics.
  • To cultivate a research environment where, in the context of ethics, there is a dialectic between film practice (documentary, film essay, artists’ moving image and fiction) and film theory.


Coming attractions


Past events

Saturday 5th May Tate Exchange Residency:  Ashvin Devasundarum is involved in Refugee Arts - a collaborative project with the School of Geography, School of Business and Management, Phakama - a participatory theatre company based at QM, and partners in Athens. As part of the QMUL cross-department Tate Exchange residency, Ashvin coordinated a documentary screening of Bag Mohajer - about Athens-based Afghan migrants - and a post-screening discussion with director Adrian Oeser.

Saturday 4th November – Monday 6th November 2017 Toxic Cinema: Guy Westwell and Anat Pick host filmmaker John Gianvito, with the screening of Gianvito's complete diptych For Example, the Philippines at Close-Up Cinema (, followed by a masterclass with John Gianvito (1:00-3:00pm), and John Gianvito in conversation: Political Cinema in an Age of Toxicity (5:00-7:00pm). Please sign up for these events using Eventbrite: Masterclass,, In Conversation, For full details please see here.

Tuesday October 31st 2017 Ethics of the Face: The Centre has its first major international event when Libby Saxton, Lucy Bolton, Janet Harbord, Anat Pick and Steven Eastwood present a colloquium on 'Contemporary Ethics and the Face' at the On the Image Conference, Venice,

Thursday October 12th 2017   Ethics and Iris Murdoch: Lucy Bolton talks about Iris Murdoch, ethics and visual culture at the National Portrait Gallery. Details:

Thursday October 12th 2017 Armenians and World War I: Athena Mandis's documentary film, 'Testimonies of WAr', created as part of the UK Armenians & WW1 project, is screening at the Wiener library on October 12th.  It features testimonies and stories about the Armenian community's experience of the First World War and will be followed by a discussion and accompanied by a pop-up exhibition. Details:

Saturday 7th October UK premiere of Island at the London Film festival: Steven Eastwood's film Island premieres at the LFF LINK and the accompanying multiscreen video installation 'The Interval and the Instant' at the Fabrica Gallery, Brighton, 7th October – 26th November 2017. Details: and


To find out more about the Centre's work please contact Dr Steven Eastwood or Dr Anat Pick.

Iconic Images of Political Violence: The IIPV Research Group explores iconic photographs of political violence and their after-lives on film. The research produced by the group seeks to situate iconic images in their originating national contexts and trace their migration into wider transnational/cosmopolitan/global spaces. 

Autism through Cinema: Autism through Cinema promotes an understanding of autism as a condition with benefits, seeking to deepen knowledge of neurodiverse experience through the optic of body language, its historical crafting in medical and commercial film, and its recreation in film form.

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