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Anita Loos Award

Anita Loos

Anita Loos, Photoplay, November 1921, 29.

In 2014/15 we introduced a new award in Film Studies. The Anita Loos Award for the most Outstanding Undergraduate Essay in Film Studies provides an opportunity for us to celebrate and reward the original and cutting edge work produced by our students. Staff members can nominate an essay from each module, which are then reviewed by a panel of staff. Reading the nominated works is a real pleasure, highlighting both the wide range of modules and assessments offered by the department but also the hugely impressive work produced by our students.

In 2016/17 the winning essay was:

Jaka Lombar, “Quietly humming along? Approaching Film Sound in the Digital Culture Through the Streaming of The Best Years of Our Lives (1946).” The essay was written as part of FM4308: Film Sound. You can read Jaka Lombar’s essay here..

The other nominees were:

Hannah Ritchie, “‘We are women – what can we do?’: space and identity in Brick Lane and My Summer of Love” from FM4207: British Cinemas.

Kathryn Haldane, ‘The house as a site of gendered and class anxieties in the horror film” from FM4114: Film Genres.

Victor Pilard, “Traumatic Recollection: Fantasy, Isolation and Guilt in Ari Folman’s Waltz with Bashir” from FM4106: War Cinema.

Erin Powers, “Does the work of costume designers stand out as creative contribution? Can it make a difference for the success of a film?” from FM4118: Film and Fashion.

Tomasz Hollanek, “Visualizing Cosmologies. From the Orrery via the Kulturfilm to the Biophilia App” from FM4117: Modernity and the Moving Image.


In 2015/16 the winning essay was:

Sam Mills, “Shaping Physicality and Forming Rhythm: Technology, Gender, and the Pulse of Editing.” The essay was written as part of FM4115: Sensory Cinema. You can read Sam Mills’ essay here.

The other nominees were:

Jaka Lombar, “Negotiating Meaning within Late Capitalism: The Postsecular Cinema of Takeshi Kitano’s Sonatine (1993)” from FM4204: Asian Cinemas.

Fidan Gasimova, “Magazines Produced and Magazines Consumed: A Case Study of Fandom During World War II” from FM4114: Film and the Archive.

Fidan Gasimova, “Ghosts of the Millennium: Technological Anxiety in New Japanese Horror Cinema” from FM4108: Digital Cinema.

Christine Kim, “Examining Marie Antoinette As A Postmodern Work — How Sofia Coppola Uses Vernacular Art To Refashion The Concepts Of Historicity And Modernity” from FM4112: Images of the Past.

Philip Cleary, “Star Trajectories: Greta Garbo and Elizabeth Taylor” from FM4116: Stars


In 2014/15 the winning essay was:

Amelia Markham, “’This Other Eden’: The Representation of the English Countryside in Costume Drama since the 1980s” from FM4113: Ecocinema: The Nature of Film. You can read Amelia Markham’s essay here.

The other nominees were:

Grace Card, “Pleasure and Aggression in Filmic Representations of Sexual Identity in Cabaret and Paris is Burning from FM4304: Film and Sexual Identities.

Grace Card, “An Examination of Early British Newsreels as a Form of Industrial Governance” from FM4110: Images and Impact.

Alex Mackay, “A comparison of Paradise Now  and Joe Sacco’s Palestine” from FM4106: War and Cinema.

Alice Alfonso Werdine, “Towards Beauty in Revolutionary Cinema” from FM4102: Film and Politics.

Sam Mills, “Of Nazis, Virgins, Whores and Coons: Creativity, Community and Exclusion in Iron Sky” from FM4107: Cinema and Nation.

Grace Shaffer, “A Study on Film Parody’s Relationship to Genre” from FM4114: Film Genres.

Thomas Hollanek, “All The Others Are Called Ali.  Fassbinder’s Fear Eats the Soul as a response to social and political change in West Germany of the 1970s” from FM2001: Modern World Cinema.

Mina Radovic, “Capitalist Ideology in Citizen Kane” from FM1001:Key Concepts in Film Studies.