Prof Sarah Street: Principal Investigator ERC Advanced Grant STUDIOTEC – Bristol

Sarah Street is Professor of Film at the University of Bristol, UK. Her publications include British National Cinema (1997, 2009 editions), British Cinema in Documents (2000) and Colour Films in Britain: The Negotiation of Innovation, 1900-55 (2012), winner of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies prize for Best Monograph. She has co-edited a number of books including European Cinema: An Introduction (with Jill Forbes, 2000) and co-authored Film Architecture and The Transnational Imagination: Set Design in 1930s European Cinema (with Tim Bergfelder and Sue Harris, 2007). In 2019 she was awarded the Turner Medal by the Colour Group (GB) and in 2020 won the Katherine Singer Kovács Book Award for Chromatic Modernity: Color, Cinema, and Media of the 1920s (co-authored with Joshua Yumibe, 2019). 

Tim Bergfelder is Professor of Film at the University of Southampton and has taught in Europe, Australia and Asia. He is one of the editors of the journal Screen, and is on the editorial advisory board of the journals Transnational Cinemas and Cinema&Cie. He is co-editor of the book series ‘Cinema Europa’ for Berghahn Books. He has published widely on aspects of German, European and transnational film histories, and his publications as author, co-author and editor include The German Cinema Book (2002, new edition 2020), The Titanic in Myth and Memory: Representations in Visual and Literary Culture (2004), International Adventures: German Popular Cinema and European Co-Productions in the 1960s (2005), Film Architecture and the Transnational Imagination: Set Design in 1930s European Cinema (2007), Destination London: German-speaking émigrés in British cinema, 1925-50 (2008), The Concise CineGraph: Encyclopaedia of German Cinema (2009), and Stars and Stardom in Brazilian Cinema (2017). For STUDIOTEC, he is investigating film studios in Germany.

Andrew Calway is a Professor of Computer Vision at the University of Bristol based in the Department of Computer Science and a member of the Visual Information Laboratory (VIL) and the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL). His research covers computer vision and its applications in robotics, wearable computing and augmented reality. Over the past 10 years his work has focused on 3-D tracking and scene reconstruction using visual sensors, mainly in the area of simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM), the technology which underpins robot navigation and applications such as Augmented Reality. His group has made significant contributions in this area, notably in techniques for relocalisation (the kidnapped robot problem) and the use of higher level structure in mapping. Professor Calway also sits on the Advisory Board of the Bristol Virtual Reality Laboratory (BVRL).

In the STUDIOTEC project, Professor Calway leads on the development of Virtual Reality frameworks and experiences for the curation and exploration of project content, focusing especially on reconstructing the layout and internal workings of film studios.

Dr Richard Farmer: Completed his PhD in 2008 on ‘Cinema and Consumption in Britain, 1939-45’ at the University of East Anglia. From 2015 to 2017 he was a Research Associate at the University of East Anglia on the AHRC-funded project ‘Transformation and Tradition in 1960s British Cinema’.  He has taught at UCL and UEA, and has published extensively on British cinemagoing and film culture during the Second World War, and on British cinema of the 1960s. For STUDIOTEC he is working on Britain with Sarah Street.

Dr Eleanor Halsall: Completed her PhD in 2016 on ‘The Indo-German beginnings of Bombay Talkies, 1925-39’ at SOAS, University of London. She has been a Co-Ordinator for the German Screen Studies Network and since 2018 has been a Research Fellow on ‘Circulating Cinema’, a project led by Prof. Erica Carter, King’s College London. Her work on the history of Indo-German film relations is published in the expanded 2020 edition of The German Cinema Book (ed. Bergfelder et al). She has recently submitted a chapter on Josef Wirsching for a book on the Bombay Talkies; and an article for Filmblatt on Indian filmmakers in Weimar Germany.  For STUDIOTEC she is working on Germany with Tim Bergfelder.

Sue Harris is Professor of Film Studies at Queen Mary University of London. Among her published work are Bertrand Blier (MUP, 2001), Film Architecture and the Transnational Imagination: Set Design in 1930s European Cinema, co-authored with Tim Bergfelder and Sarah Street (AUP, 2007) and An American in Paris (BFI/Palgrave, 2015). She has has published on the work of leading French film stars including Catherine Deneuve, Alain Delon and Isabelle Huppert, and  is completing a monograph on Gérard Depardieu. She currently leads the French strand of STUDIOTEC. 

Morgan Lefeuvre completed a PhD on French studios in the 1930s at the University Paris-3 Sorbonne-Nouvelle, which will be published under the title : ‘Les Manufactures de nos rêves, les studios de cinéma français dans les années 30 / Factory of our dreams, the French Film studios in the 1930s’ (PUR / 2021). She was a lecturer in cinema at Paris-10 Nanterre and Rennes-2 universities and since 2017, she is a visiting scholar in the Master’s Degree in Cinema at the University of Lausanne. She was a Research Fellow at La Cinémathèque française in 2010-2011 and since 2017 a member of the Collective Creation in Cinema project:

Her research focuses on French studios from the begining of talking pictures, on the history of professions, professional practices and social struggles in the film industry, as well as on French-Italian film cooperations (co-productions, professional mobility and cultural transfers) since 1930. She works as a Research Fellow on the French strand of STUDIOTEC with Sue Harris at Queen Mary, University of London.

Dr Carla Mereu Keating: Completed her PhD in 2013 on ‘Film Censorship and State Intervention in the Translation of Foreign Cinema in Italy, 1913-1963’ at the University of Reading. Her published work looks at the industrial, political and material issues which underpin the circulation of film across language barriers. From 2016 to 2019 she was a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Bristol. She has also been a visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory, University of London. For STUDIOTEC she is working on Italy with Catherine O’Rawe.


Catherine O’Rawe is Professor of Italian Cinema and Culture at Bristol University. Her publications include the books Stars and Masculinities in Contemporary Italian Cinema (2014), Divi: la mascolinita’ nel cinema italiano (co-authored with Jacqueline Reich, 2015), and she is co-editor of The Femme Fatale: Images, Histories Contexts (2010), and Rural Cinema Exhibition and Audiences in a Global Context (2018). She was Co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded project Italian Cinema Audiences 1945-60, from which a monograph is published by Bloomsbury Press. For STUDIOTEC she is is investigating studios in Italy. 

Amy Stone is a Real-Time and Immersive Designer with a background in 3D Design and VR based in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bristol. She has almost 20 years’ experience in the design industry and has expertise in virtual architecture, immersive spaces, exhibition and event design, interior design and user experience. She is a creator of worlds with a passion for world building using real-time technologies. She has a BSc (Hons) in Industrial Design from Brunel University, and an MA in Virtual and Extended Realities from the University of the West of England, Bristol. In the STUDIOTEC Project, Amy will be supporting the project team to recreate film studios by bringing them to life using 3D modelling and developing a virtual reality experience.

Fraser Sturt is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Southampton.  He has a strong interest in interdisciplinary research, especially with regard to spatio-temporal data, narrative construction and computational systems.   He has published on concepts of place and space and how geographical information systems allow us to explore the impact this has on society. Within the STUDIOTEC project he is working with the team as a whole to help record and visualise the products of research at a variety of different spatial and temporal scales.



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