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Victor Fan

Film Studies Department
Kings College London
United Kingdom


"Victor Fan is Film Consultant of Chinese Visual Festival (London). Prior to his position at King’s, he was Assistant Professor at the Department of East Asian Studies, McGill University. Fan graduated with a Ph.D. from the Film Studies Program and the Comparative Literature Department of Yale University, and an MFA in Film and Television Productions at School of Cinema-Television (now School of Cinematic Arts), University of Southern California. He is the author of Cinema Approaching Reality: Locating Chinese Film Theory, published in 2015 by the University of Minnesota Press. His articles have been published in peer-review journals including Asian Cinema, World Picture Journal, Camera Obscura, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Screen, Film History: An International Journal, CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, anthologies A Companion to Rainer Werner Fassbinder and American and Chinese-Language Cinemas, film magazines 24 Images: Cinéma, Dianying yishu [Film Art], Zihua [Zifaa or Word blossoms], and Siyi.  His film The Well was an official selection of the São Paolo International Film Festival; it was also screened at the Anthology Film Archives, the Japan Society and the George Eastman House.   Besides his academic career, Fan is also a working composer. He was a performance artist with his own theatre company Post [ET]2! in Hong Kong between 1993 and 1996. He also worked as a freelance sound editor, film composer and re-recording mixer, and later on with Fissionarts (Los Angeles) and Solar Film/Video Productions (NYC) between the late 1990s and the mid 2000s. In New York, he also wrote for the magazines Film Festival Reporter and Film Festival Today, covering news from the MIX Festival, the New York Underground Film Festival, the African Diaspora Film Festival and MOXIE Film."  

Research Interest

" Comparative Film Theories and Philosophies (especially between Europe, North America, and China) • Postcolonial Theories and Political-Juridical Philosophies in Relation to Cinema and Media • Cinema and Media Theories and Histories • Chinese and Sinophone Cinemas and Media (Shanghai and Hong Kong Cinemas in the 1930s and 1940s; Hong Kong Cinema between the 1930s and the Present; Contemporary Chinese Cinemas––Studio Productions and Independent Films; China-Hong Kong Coproductions; Taiwan and Tibetan Cinemas; Sinophone Queer Cinemas) • Queer Cinemas, Medias, and Cultures"  

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