Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry


Dr Chris O'Rourke

Dr Chris O'Rourke


University College London
Gower Street


  • Teaching Fellow - Film Studies
    Centre for Editing Lives and Letters
    Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL


My research focuses on the history of cinema in Britain, especially in the period of silent films. My first book, Acting for the Silent Screen: Film Actors and Aspiration between the Wars (forthcoming with I.B.Tauris in 2016), uses the experiences of actors and would-be actors to explore popular British film culture in the 1920s and early 1930s.

I have also recently completed a project that maps early cinemas and cinema-going in London, before 1930. Much of this research can be found on the website London's Silent Cinemas (http://www.londonssilentcinemas.com), which features an interactive map of over 700 film venues and contextual essays.

My other research interests include the history of London on film and the reception of LGBT-themed films in Britain.

Award year Qualification Institution
2012 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Cambridge
2007 M.Phil
Master of Philosophy
Film studies
University of Cambridge
2005 BA Hons
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
University of Cambridge

I came to UCL in 2012 as a postdoctoral Research Associate funded by the UCL Centre for Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Projects (CHIRP). In 2015, I was appointed as a Teaching Fellow in Film Studies at the UCL Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry (CMII). Before coming to UCL, I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Cambridge.

Office Hours

Mondays, 4-6pm, Foster Court, Room 125